It’s so much more fun to write about the victories of others than it is to write about your own failures… and for me, this year’s Brooklyn Marathon, was just that.
After a pretty stellar year that included a near half marathon PR without trying, a very tight 2nd place overall in a 5k, a continued streak of PRs at the Falmouth Road Race, coming out of multisport retirement to win an age group 2nd place in a duathlon and a few other personal achievements along the way, I suppose I was due for a train wreck race.
- Geoffrey Badner — 03:30:29
The goal was 3:10:00 and everything about training was pointing in that direction, but it simply wasn’t to be. An unfortunate confluence of work, worrisome injuries and my Lyme Disease flaring up through the final days of the taper had me off-pace from the start.
In retrospect, I should have thrown in the towel on the 3:10 goal and just run it in at a comfortable pace, but it’s hard to give up on something that you’ve focused on for so long. I kept wanting to believe that my Garmin pacing was off or that my heart rate was not really 15 bmp higher than it should have been, or that the feeling of my ankle being broken would go away at some point. I should have known better.
Still, at the end of the day, a 3:30 marathon is alright by me. I struggled, but I didn’t give up even when my ankle was telling me to and so, I suppose, I came out with a victory after all… just not the one I planned for.
I look forward to running it again next year. Rumor has it that the event will finally break out of the park and spill onto the streets of Brooklyn. Not having to go up the North Hill six times will certainly be a relief.