Before the Lodz marathon in Poland. I have already ran a handful of marathons since my debut in New York in 2005 where I had experience the unexpected. Just to name a few: Running alone in New York 2005 Tight shoes in Twin Cities 2006 (I almost strangled my poor foot) Hot and humid conditions Osaka, 2007 (No shade to be found) Wind, rain and cold temperatures in Boston 2007 (Dressed like it was summer) Olympic Trials 2008 (Blisters at mile 22) World Championships in Berlin 2009 (Blisters at mile 13) Running with a broken rib at Olympic Trials in 2012 Massive hills in Sand Diego at the Rock n Roll in 2015 The day had arrived, the training was done. It was time to check if I could put into practice the lessons learned from my previous experiences. One thing I notice was that the level of excitement was quite thesame from my previous experiences.
I take pride on my water bottles. I prepared them with lots of excitement thinking that on the way I will find a kid that will adopt them and keep them as a souvenir or for their next show and tell in their classroom. I started this tradition back in Osaka 2007. My signature, butterflies.
There are a certain things that make me feel butterflies in my stomach. To step in the athletic arena one more time for 26.2 miles is one of them.. Endless Thank Yous to @inthearena_team @llbean and the #lodzmaraton #DOZMaratonLodz #ale for making it happen! Hay ciertas cosas que me hacen sentir mariposa en el estomago.. El entrar en la arena atletica una vez más por 42 kms es una de ellas.. Gracias infinitas a @inthearena_team @llbean y el #DOZMaratonLodz por hacerlo realidad!
Then I leave with the most inspiring quote that I nailed soon after the gum went off..
Well, all these experience came in handy at my serious attempt back at the marathon in Lodz last April. The conditions were less than ideal on race day. It was 68F and 90% humidity at the start. At 10km I was 5 minutes behind the leaders and in 11th place. By the time I reached the finished line I was 4th fully aware of what had just happened in the past 2:41:1 seconds. I had just ran the smartest and most strategic marathon of my life. The marathon and I were friends again. I learned that yes, its is possible to enjoy such distance and in the process to learn from yourself.
Always an honor to step on a starting line and represent In The Arena and L.L Bean
Closing another chapter to start a new one.. 4th @marathon_lodz in warm and humid conditions. Experience and patience paid off as I was able to move from 8th place at 10km to a 4th place to the end with a 2:41:13. The plan was to run for time, but quickly I knew this was going to be a race for place. Happy I kept the momentum going. Enjoyed each stride. Thank you to all of those who made this experience one to remmember from my Coach to training partners to friends, family, those who gave me a "Bravo!" during the race, organizers and of course @inthearena_team and @llbean. Cerrando otro capítulo para abrir uno nuevo.. 4ta en el Maratón de Lodz en condiciones calientes y humedas. La experiencia y la paciencia dieron sus frutos ya que puede pasar de octava al 10km a 4ta al final con un tiempo de 2:41:12.. El plan era correr por un mejor tiempo, pero pronto supe que esta carrera seria por lugar. Feliz que mantuve el momentus. Disfrute cada paso..Gracias a todos por hacer de esta experiencia una para recordar desde mi entrenador hasta mis compañeras de entreno, amigos, familia.. Aquellos que me regalaron un "Bravo!" en el camino, los organizadores y claro a @inthearena_team y @llbean #HowWeBean @lodzpl
Si cada km de la maraton de #Lodz hablara, revelaría cada virtud y cada defecto.El maraton es la mejor prueba de crecimiento personal habida y por haber. If each kilometer of the @marathon_lodz was to have a voice, it would reveal each virtue and defect. The marathon is the best test of personal growth ever. #reflecting #refleccionando #HowWeBean #TheWayLifeShouldBe #ComolaVidaDeberiaSer
"A race should not be define by place, but the impact you make along the way" "Una carrera no debería definirse por su lugar, pero por el impacto que logras hacer en el camino" Jolka represents all the kids that impacted me before, during and after @marathon_lodz Thank You! Jolka representa todos los niños que me impactaron antes, durante y después del Lodz Maratón.. Gracias!!!! #makesomethingtodayimpacttomorrow #hazalgohoyimpactamañana #HowWeBean #WeAreInTheArena #SomosInTheArena