Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another friend breaks four hours

I want to congratulate my friends in blogland who ran in the recent 2008 Chicago Marathon, like CewTwo (who had the courage to DNF so he could come back to run another day), David, Petra and everyone else who participated. It was another hot run. The brutally hot 26.2-mile Fun Run the year before was my least favorite marathon race ever, so I know the obstacles these athletes had to contend with at Chicago.

You might remember H, who I coached in a couple of my club's 10K and 10-Mile Programs a few years ago. I ran with her the last six miles at last year's MCM, when she finished her first marathon in 4:07. As she limped away from the finishing line, she discovered that her car had been towed. Who said running marathons wasn't hard?

She trained hard all this year, sending out a regular weekly email and running every Saturday morning with all takers on the W&OD Trail. This dedicated runner is an inspiration. At Chicago earlier this month she ran 3:57 in the hot conditions. Congrats, H!

8 comments:

cindy said...

Kudos to your friends!!

Now that my triathlon season is over, I'm focussing on running again...hoping to get better at the marathon distance. I'll be working towards Big Sur in April. Do you have any tips for me, coach?

Petraruns said...

Okay coach that's it. Sell me your sub 4 hour secret. I will pay the price...

ShirleyPerly said...

Oh man, discovering your car was towed after finishing a marathon has got to be one of the worst things that could happen at a race. Awesome that she would do so well in less than ideal conditions at Chicago. Congrats to H!

Jade Lady said...

I'm amazed with all the Chicago participants who dared to even attempt the 26.2 miles! I, myself, haven't done a marathon since 2005.

As for H's sub 4 - I could only dream!

Black Knight said...

You are not a simple coach but a real leader of our Army! The Enemy knows who you are and he must not forget. Never!

Susan said...

You are quite the coach!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

i can't imagine finishing a long race and then discovering that the car had been towed! that's quite a story

Anonymous said...

Aww, shucks, now I'm blushing. Thanks for the kind words, Peter! Your dedication to the sport (which shows in your coaching) and your competitiveness (of which I have a similar streak - I will beat you at a 10K someday! ;) ) are inspiring!

-H