The Honest Abe Trail Marathon =]
My fourth marathon, and my second trail marathon. I was pleased of the mix between fun trails and slopes. The picture above is from the start. We ran around a small parking lot, then it was trails the rest of the way. Three loops around, so on the third I had the feeling that I was back at a home trail. Luckily I found the guy in blue, Josh, right away who had just the right pace. Enough to keep me fighting, but not to fast to make me bow out.
We eventually picked up another runner, Richard, who had ran a marathon the night before in Ohio. He was faster than us. I ran one mile in Ohio two nights before, and four in Indiana the night before to keep with my 31 day challenge. The marathon makes my 13th day of consecutive running.
My watch was actually just slightly shy of the 26.2 so I continued through the parking lot to add the extra tiny bit. Which gave some of the runners relaxing a good laugh. Not sure if it was out of comedic understanding, or if I’m just an idiot.
My wife ran a 14k they offered. A single loop. The photographer got a good shot of her, but she was already in her own world. It was nice to have someone at the last pass through to talk to in a brief 30 second pause before starting my final leg. Which I was actually looking forward to a longer one. But the group I was running with pulled ahead of me after I completely annihilated my pinky toe AGAIN. I eventually caught up, only to fall back again. Finally caught up with one, who was experiencing bad cramps. I stayed with him short while, and gave him some water from a pack I picked up from my wife. The other guy was long gone, however.
Finished in 4th place overall. 4:06:34
I was really crossing my fingers for breaking the 4:00 mark. I think I would have gotten it if it weren’t for the long limping episode. Maybe next year.
Thanks for a good time, Indiana!