Conditions: Beautiful fall day!
Summary: 2 years, 1 month, 17 days later, I ran another marathon. I was down for two full years healing from hamstring tendinitis. I honestly never thought i would run a marathon again. I sat at ‘marathon number 11’ for two years. I was so injured and so far from being comfortable with the distance, that I was afraid to run 26.2 miles again. I decided to run a marathon in my backyard, literally. This race was up and down the towpath–in my back yard. It was a 13.1 out and back on the path that I trained on ever single day. I got Reilly excited to be my water boy, and I tell you, he learned quickly that marathoning really is the slowest parade ever. I felt great. I got tired in the end, but for my first race in two years, I needed to have a great experience. I really felt accomplished after this race. This is also the race where I decided I wanted to keep up on my training and possibly increase my volume.