Leading a race like a champion 🙌 Get your photos posted in our account, apply for a feature visiting RunningTerritory.com 👉🏼the link is in our bio: @RunningTerritory Not a lot of contemplation happening after that [email protected]#t show, no need to ponder what went wrong yesterday. I just wasn’t ready. I feel an odd sense of relief in just knowing why it went poorly rather than having to wrack my brain to find an answer for it. (📷: @trailjunkiephotos 🏃🏻♂️: @maxkingor)
Who doesn’t love a comeback story? Amazingly, Laura Thweatt (@lthweatt) has two of them. After four years at @cubuffstrack that didn’t progress the way she hoped, Laura seriously considered stopping her running career. Luckily she did not. She quickly rose to the top of the sport with wonderful performances in cross country and on the roads. After a fabulous marathon debut and second performance, Laura was beset by injuries. After two years she finally regained her health and toed the line at the 2019 @chimarathon. In that race she regained her status as one of the elite marathoners in the country and a key figure heading into the Olympic Trials. • 🎧 The show is available on nearly all podcast platforms, including Spotify, and the Apple Podcast link is in my bio 🎧
#tbt to making your impossible, possible. Proving to yourself that you can achieve anything. . Crossing the finish line of a World Marathon Major with nobody around you 😂 and in the process running a 3:01 Boston Qualifying time. A time I always felt was way out of reach (we won’t mention the 3mins I lost in the last mile 💔)
💙💛💙BEFORE 💙💛💙 7 days out: start caffeine fast. No coffee/caffeine until race day. . 5 days out: Breakdown. Cry to Chris, cry to my mom, cry silently at my desk (coworkers if you're reading this, I'm sneaky.🤪) Tell my friends I'm nervous. Doubt my training and if I gave it my all, worry about race day weather, rain and wind are in the forecast. Can I really run in the low 3:20s with that? Delete Instagram that night so as to not read any more negative weather talk. I redownload it again after the marathon. . 4 days out: Pick myself up and tell myself I am that bitch. Remember that I actually like rain, so don't even remember why I freaked out. Go on w/ life. . 3 days out: Start carb load. Talk to my coach @mtnrunner78. She tells me I'm more than ready, and my running is on another level compared to last year. To follow my own plan, I already know what to do. JUST RUN. . 2 days out: Fly to Sacramento. Get snacks, go to the expo, see and hug @miss.rodgers for 10 seconds, and silently wish we could go get beers and dance ☺️. Go to the hotel, greet, @laura.runs.co and @jess_hopwood. Sleep. . 1 day out: 2-mile shakeout run and feel stiff af. Do some strides to shake the travel rust off. Worry about the weather in silence, and wonder if I have it in me to run a 3:26 or faster. . . #racerecap#road2cim #californiainternationalmarathon #bostonqualifier#howbaddoyouwantit
What went wrong? Dont we always ask ourselves this after a race? Then we proceed to write down all of the possibilities: 1. Being sick the week before the race and losing 2lbs, rather than gaining. . 2. Going out "too fast," even though I felt great and like I WAS going slow for the first 6 miles. . 3. Feeling nauseous with weak legs so I stopped to get a pep talk from my hubby for a minute or two. Should have just kept chugging but I needed this. . 4. Not training enough hills with constant uphill; I needed less downhill/recovery to prep for this. . 5. Getting lost the day before on my shakeout run and putting in 3 miles, rather than 2. . 6. Not recovering enough earlier in the year, which was the full racing downfall for 2019... Whatever went "wrong," doesn't matter. Marathon 7 in the books and I KNOW I have my best time in front of me. Looking forward to PRs and feeling great in 2020. P.S. last CIM pic. I promise.😜
LINK IN BIO * @chimarathon lottery day!!! This is such an amazing race and city. Good luck to everyone who is waiting for that email today for 2020 planning! I know I will be back! * This year because of the love I have for the race, coaching, and community, @wahoorun and I will have a team of 50 people we are coaching and leading through the Second City. Customized race plan, team race shirt, swag/discounts from our favorite brands, online access to Wahoo Running network and much more. * Going to the start line with 50 others who you went through the journey together is so much more of an experience than trying to do it alone! See you in Chicago.