After coming through on pace the first half in 1:08:36, a stomach cramp and heavy legs caused me to fatigue sooner than expected and I faded to a 2:21:41 finish … 3 minutes and 41 seconds off of my goal for the race.
I balled my eyes out when I crossed the finish line, overwhelmed with too many different emotions at once!
Disappointment of not achieving my goal.
Happiness for all the support I’ve had leading up to the race — and during it — from friends, family and the million spectators.
Inspiration from all the people that overcame adversity to participate in the race.
At first, I was really upset about not hitting my sub-2:18 goal. I’ve never put as much emotional and physical effort toward one goal as this one. It also felt like I let down friends and family who were following my race. But, after a day to reflect … there is really no reason to be upset; 2:21 is a solid time.
There will be more chances (and on easier courses). And the race confirmed my belief that I am capable of a faster time in the near future. I’m already itching to map out a plan for a fall marathon!
You can check out my daily running log and more details about the race at LogARun. Thank you for reading!
— Eric Ashe