|Before leaving the house BRRR?!?!|
When I told people I ran a marathon they would always ask,"Which one?" It was a valid question but then I would say it wasn't a 'real' marathon. It was just me running 26.2 miles with my wife Michelle following on the bike just to see if I could do it. When I put it that way it made it feel like less of an accomplishment and in my mind 26.2 miles is 26.2 miles whether or not you paid 80 bucks and got a crappy t-shirt. So after that I told people I ran the Ryan Anderson Invitational Marathon and there was only 1 invitation!
|How Derek wished he felt after|
"Lisa Smith-Batchen, the amazingly sunny and pixie-tailed ultrarunner from Idaho who trained through blizzards to win a six-day race in the Sahara, talks about exhaustion as if it's a playful pet. 'I love the Beast,' she says. 'I actually look forward to the Beast showing up, because every time he does, I handle him better. I get him more under control.' Once the Beast arrives, Lisa knows what she has to deal with and can get down to work. And isn't that the reason she's running through the desert in the first place-to put her training to work? To have a friendly little tussle with the Beast and show it who's boss? You can't hate the Beast and expect to beat it; the only way to truly conquer something, as every great philosopher and geneticist will tell you , is to love it.” ― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
|How Derek actually felt after|
I had 24 miles in the 7s and 2 in the 8s. Our initial goal was 3:30 so I guess we went out too fast? I finished strong and just about even split I think.
It was 30 degrees when we started and dark. Before we left our house on the south side of town there was 3 inches of snow so I didn't have high hopes when we left at 6:30. Once we got downtown there wasn't even a flake on the greenbelt although it was still freezing cold.
Avg HR 148 Max 176 Good times!
Click video below....