12 minutes ago
2:45:59 to win the Vermont City Marathon ☺️
Today’s marathon was the slowest, the most difficult, and the one I am most proud of. I ran this race hoping to challenge myself and gain valuable experience, and man did the universe deliver. The course was TOUGH; it was filled with lots of hills and turns. The start was delayed by almost an hour due to thunderstorms, which threw off everybody’s warmup routine. And it ended up being much hotter and sunnier than expected - it was over 70 by the time I finished 🥵
It was a pretty brutal day all around, but the fact that I was still able to successfully execute most of my race plan makes me really proud. I did a great job with my fueling. I took 3 gels, got down most of the fluids in my bottles, didn’t choke, and didn’t bonk. I competed really well by being super patient early on and making smart moves. I was as far back as 5th in the first half of the race, but I slowly worked my way up during the middle miles and ultimately took the lead around mile 18. Unfortunately I did not conquer miles 24, 25, and 26 as I had hoped, however, I am proud of how well I held it together even though I was feeling really bad. After running a couple 6:30s, I managed to pull off a 6:17 in mile 26, so I’ll take it.
All in all, I am really happy with how today went. By checking my ego at the start line and accepting that today was not a PR kind of day, I gave myself the best possible chance to learn, grow, and ultimate achieve success.
Huge thanks to @runvermont for putting on an amazing event and congratulations to everyone who persevered through those tough conditions!