|did not finish
||[Mar. 4th, 2012|02:15 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
They closed the course... got to mile 18... the race official said I could continue at my own risk... but there would be no water or aid for the duration. I made a decision of personal health and safety over pride, and I withdrew from the race after 18 miles and change.
I could have finished... I was in little pain... much less than in 2008... but it was just not worth it. I would have been listed last again... if i would have been listed at all...
At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is I entered the 2012 Little Rock Marathon for entirely the wrong reasons. It shouldn't be about not finishing last... it should be about finishing at all. But when the race official stops you, detains you for five minutes while he radioes in to see if i would even be allowed to continue... not only did it take my momentum, but it took my give-a-fuck. Demoralizing, it was.
Next year, I will use the early start so this doesn't happen again, or I will train harder and ensure that I can keep a six-hour pace. The rules clearly state that the course closes at 2pm... so I can't blame the race official. I just did it for the wrong reasons.