Sunday, June 22, 2014
Big Elk Marathon: It's A Mud Slide, Slide With It #bigelk #xtterabigelk
Finish Time: 7:16:12.8
Age Group 30-34: 3rd Place
62nd Finisher out of 68 Runners
If at all possible I try to run races that have same day registrations. Doing this makes it easy for me, because there is no guarantee with my busy lifestyle that I will make a run till the day of the race. It did not bother me that the race did not start on time (7am). I worked the night before and felt lucky my boss let me go home at midnight, but I still had to wake up at 3am to drive about two hours to Elkton Maryland for the race on a couple of hours of sleep.
There was a chance I might not have woken up, but the great running spirit came and woke me for the race and as I arrived in Elkton MD I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise.
During registration someone wished me good luck for the race and later I found out it was George Banker's wife Bernadette Banker. The line was cake, because I got there early (5:30 am) like they suggested on Facebook.
George is an avid runner, journalist, historian, author and veteran of 83 marathons, 26 of which are Marine Corps Marathons. His book, “The Marine Corps Marathon: A Running Tradition” showcases the history of “The People’s Marathon.” Banker has devoted countless hours organizing road races throughout the National Capital Region, amassing a collection of archives, race results and published articles that has established him as the area’s preeminent running historian.
The First Loop 13.1 3hrs
The first loop I felt strong. I thought I would be able to keep a 11 min mile pace, but that all changed somehow. I could blame the rain making the path muddy and slippery, I could blame the hills and difficulty of the course, I could blame the fact that my legs are not strong enough, I could blame the fact that I did not get enough sleep the night before, I could blame that I had distractions along the way and put safety first, but when it's all said and done I blame only myself. I did the best I could while still maintaining a fun experience for myself.
This was a small race only close to 400 runners for the half and the full total.[/caption]
There was so much beautiful scenery. I am thankful for all the volunteers that came out while we ran through the woods for fun. Some of the volunteers did not look happy, but I had so much fun talking to the friendly ones.
I did not like seeing 3 hrs on the clock as I passed it to run one more loop and finish the marathon, but the peace inside my soul overrode the discouragement and I embraced one more loop to reach my goal and bring home the state of Maryland in my quest to run a marathon in the 50 states of America. And thankfully after entertaining myself in the woods singing out loud, because there was no one around anyways I was a finisher. My time very slow , but a finisher. I'm not sure if that counts for much in the running world of trail runners.