third place – who would have thought ?

Results are in, and I was the third place finisher in the Call of the Wild Marathon.  This is proof again that if you find a small enough race, you too can place.

The race was more of a training run, being so small.  Also – judging by the times overall, it’s pretty clear that the superfast folks weren’t there.  That said, I’m very happy with my results – primarily because I felt good while running.  Even in the late miles.  I’d feel the same about the run even if I’d finished in 24th place.

Between Tacoma and Call of the Wild, it is clear that Yakima was scheduled about a month too early for me.  I fell apart after mile 20 there, with fair warning from my legs (and head) for about 5 miles before that.  It’s been a matter of building more strength and stamina, which has paid off.

I’m aiming to do another in about a week and a half – the Green River Marathon, from Kent to Alki Beach in West Seattle.  The only problem with that is that I’m joining Kayla for a three day field trip to Lopez Island.  Should be lots of fun – it includes a bike ride of between 25 and 40 miles too!  She invited me along, so I couldn’t very well say no.

One other thing to mention is that I’m halfway to my goal of running six marathons in six months.  I really can’t believe this has been possible.  Definitely counting my blessings.


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