Hey everyone. A worn out Rob here.
I'm back to work after running the Columbus marathon.
Actually last week I didn't think I would make the run. Last Thursday I had to leave work sick as a dog. I went straight to my doctor's office who informed me that I had BRONCHITIS. Are you kidding me??!!! After months of training and hundreds of miles, I have bronchitis with 3 days until the race. He put me on the Z pack, hoping things would clear up in time. Thursday, I slept 13 hours. Felt like crap. Thought there was no way I could do a marathon. Friday, I slept another 13 hours. I was better and hopeful that I could do the run. Saturday, there was no turning back. I put all my stuff in my car and drove to Columbus. I had to trust my training and my body. Most importantly, I had to have a good time.
I woke up at 5:15 Sunday morning. Had a cup of coffee, a bagel and banana and slowly made my way to the start. This was my first marathon in 2 and a half years. The start is always emotional for me. 3 months of training boils down to the next 3 hours. The music is blaring crowd is jumpy, then the gun goes off. Thousands of people head out all tackling the same 26.2 miles. Most of them were good. Like clockwork. Just as planned. Mile 7 no problem. Mile 13 halfway there. Mile 20 less than a hour left. Then came mile 24. Hit me like a brick. A rock to the head. Felt all kinds of pain. In my leg, my hips and especially head. Doesn't matter how hard you train, the last 2 miles are always brutal. Made me almost suicidal. Luckily, the guy who trained me was there. Pushing and encouraging me along. We crossed at 3:07. My fastest time yet. It also qualifies me for Boston with more than 13 minutes to spare. However, I woke up this morning and learned it is CLOSED out. Are you kidding me???