There's running and then there's racing. Sara raced the Columbus Marathon this past weekend:
Right about at 18, something started to happen. My legs weren't responding as well and I was laboring. Oh hello, old friend Pain. Here you are. I was beginning to think you weren't coming to this party. Ana still looked strong and tried to encourage me, but I knew I needed to ride this out. Here's where I started to really do something different. In the past, when this happens, I definitely slow down or start getting negative. But I stayed in that moment in my head, and kept thinking "This too shall pass, this too shall pass" and before I knew it, it did. I had lost a little bit of time, but I could still see Ana nearby. At this point I thought, maybe it's best if I run my own race from here on out. I was still good to go for the sub 3:40, and I was afraid that if Ana was still on for a 3:36 or so, I might blow up and run out of steam. So I settled in around 20 and got ready to work.Be sure to continue to Sara's site for the whole story.