Best wishes on healing and getting back into solid training.
You might consider trying our local Newmarket Marathon (Loco) on October 29. Nice rolling two-looper, no long hills, 2 times 4 miles on a rail trail (not paved but fast). It makes for an easy Boston Qualifier.
Well done, regardless. My marathon back in '99 also held together until about 25km, which makes the following couple of hours mentally interesting.
I feel you pain. But great job on finishing. Cramps really suck, they just limit your running speed down to nothing.
On the plus side, it proves all the time and effort you are usually able to put into preparation really is worthwhile. Give yourself some recovery time now.
Thanks guys. It is nice to know that training is indeed a thing. My body's natural strength has never been distance, but a differently-made person would probably have done better at the couch-to-marathon program.
Ernst, that race is too soon, plus I have a bunch of other things I want to do this fall. Turns out marathon training comes at the expense of more fun things, like mountain running. Sounds nice, though.
Great job Alex!
I have also completed a marathon without training as well. It is a mental battle with your body but being physically prepared makes the world of difference. This shows how mentally tough you are by being able to pound out a whole marathon the way you did. I give you mad props for that! Keep up the training ;)
You = tough cookie! For reals. Good luck recovering and go get it for spring qualifying!!
Marathons are hard! It's good you finished -- not surprising, as mental toughness is one of your strengths. I hope you didn't break yourself further.
My two marathons I was luckily able to train well for, but I have no desire to do any more because, as you say, there are so many other fun things to do instead of marathon training! Plus my body can't handle that kind of training any more.
Best of luck in your next marathon! Running Boston was a running career highlight for me, and I know you're speedy enough to qualify ... just stay healthy!
Congrats on finishing! Those last miles sounded painful!
Sorry to hear it was a bit of a suffer-fest, but you beat it and didn't break your knee too much more by the sounds of it..... Well done for persevering even if it wasn't going as planned. Was it the promise of another chocolate dipped ice-cream that kept you going?
Yup, visions of chocolate-dipped ice cream definitely helped!