They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. I know the following: this blog picture is worth a 3 hour and 58 minute finish time in a marathon. My first goal in my first marathon (October, 2014) was to “finish with my heart beating”. That remains my goal. However, as my times got shorter, having a finishing time that started with a “3” instead of a “4” was a big goal.
In 2015, my fastest marathon was in Ulster County – the Kingston Kiwanis Marathon. This year, I took 20 minutes off my time and finally beat 4 hours. I never have to do it again.
I took up running for health and weight loss. The competitor in me pushed to hit a time. While I hope to beat 4 hours again, I’m fine not doing it again for a while. I don’t care if it is just by 90 seconds – under 4 hours is under 4 hours.