I did it, no speed records for sure, but I finished PF Chang's Rock & Roll Marathon in Phoenix today. I don't know my official time yet but the gun time was just under 6 hours! A very long time to run. I knew I was not really ready for a full marathon after spending most of December nursing a knee injury, but I am happy that I did finish and that I ran the whole thing. Only a couple short areas where I walked, mostly through the water stations so I didn't spill it all over myself. We were so lucky with the weather too. Pleasant temperatures, 70 at the highest, and a high overcast with a light breeze to keep things reasonably cool. I was sure happy to finally cross the finsh line though.
It was a very successful race for Team In Training too. $1.6 million raised to fight blood cancer. That's what it is really all about.
Now I have to figure out what my next Team In Training run will be, and also prepare for the Connemara Marathon in April in Ireland. I sure hope I can start picking up the pace in the near future though. I would much rather run 4 or 5 hours than 6!