9 seconds slower than last year. Am I disappointed? Nope. After a less than successful Manitoba Marathon finish this year, I was extremely happy to finish to my potential in Minneapolis.
The trip itself was a huge success! I drove down with 4 friends: Gina, Megan, Katie and Mel. Gina, Megan and I did the marathon. Katie and Mel did the 10 mile. I am extremely proud of my group for conquering their goals: first post-baby marathon, overcoming a summer injury, training and running consistently and finishing her first race in several years.
After every marathon I run, I'm left with the question: NOW WHAT?
This time, I was extremely excited at the potential of breaking 3 hours. It's clear that I should have been able to do it in Minneapolis. Now I am eager to try again. The problem is, there aren't really any marathons until May. What can I do between now and January, before I have to start marathon training? Cross Train? Strengthen? Work on speed? I really don't know what the answer is, but I'm going to figure it out.