Over the weekend three of my athletes ran the 2012 LA Marathon. The day was very cold and windy, but at least the rain held off. The race winners had wrapped a couple hours earlier, and the middle of the pack of some 23,000 runners was making its way across the finish line. Happily, my athletes were above the median.
For one, it was her first marathon and she was especially pleased with going the distance. She had never considered herself an athlete, and still struggles a bit with the idea, but now she’s puzzling some hard evidence to the contrary. Enthusiastically she says, “I want to run more marathons!”
Another, who’s run one marathon previously remarks about this personal best race, “It was easy!” Well, easy for him, he’s only 59 years old.
The third is a woman I’d trained over ten years ago for general fitness, for the Big Bear Triathlon (as featured on Discovery Health’s Fitness Fantasy), and for the 2001 LA Marathon. Since, she’s earned an MBA, gotten married, and has had three kids. This Sunday she set a personal record, beating her previous time by a minute. “All that hard work paid off,” she gushes, “and the race went by fast!”
And there you have it.