|Me and Jenny at the start of Fox Valley. |
She ran the 20, I did the marathon.
Yesterday, I took the day off of work, picked up Jenny in Tinley Park and drove to Indianapolis for the Monumental Marathon. She ran a certain large marathon in the city last month, and it was a let down. After months of training and hours on her feet, she didn't get a medal because they ran out. How a marathon of that size runs out, I shall never know.
So today, we're out for redemption. This run isn't about me. I actually don't care if I finish it or not, frankly. This run is all about Jenny, my running buddy and cheerleader.
The plan is to run five miles, then walk for three minutes. Repeat. I programmed the workout on Garmin Connect and sent it to my watch.
The goal is to complete the run intervals at 13-minute per mile pace to meet the 6 1/2 cutoff.
The way I see it, Jenny has procured my services to help her reach her marathon goal. Despite the fact that I am not nearly as well-trained as I was for the Fox Valley Marathon, I intend to do everything within my power to get her to the finish line today by 2:30.
Why am I doing this, despite my lack of training and the promise of pain? Because runners pay it forward. Jenny has been there for me. When I saw her 20 some miles into the marathon, it really recharged my batteries. And now, it's time for me to return the favor.
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