What an incredible weekend. I was able to qualify for Boston at the Desert Classic Marathon. My time was 3:12:48, which gave me several minutes before the 3:15 cut off time for qualification. My splits are as follows (this is not the actual road, but it is very similar, long out and back race in Surprise Arizona):
out 1:30:00 back 1:42:48
Marathon Maniac and run a second marathon in as many days, so I drove out and did the Cave Creek Marathon. Maybe I'm a little crazy, but I thought it would be good training for my upcoming 50 Miler later in March (sandwich long runs) . Even though it was just a marathon, it was very difficult and took me 7:37:28 or 17:28 per mile (slowest marathon ever). There were so many river crossings and over 6200ft of climbing. Here is a link to a page full of pictures so you have an idea. I probably would not have done the race if I would have know about the river crossings. There was not a single minute after the first five minutes that my feet were not soaking wet, and had a few rocks in my shoes. The scenery was great, and I'm glad that I did it, because it was outside of my comfort zone! There was about 50 people in the race and I am sad to say that I was about the last one to finish. Well now to relax and get ready for Sedona this weekend, and enjoy the great weather while we have it.
On the career front I got a call from my career manager and found out that my class date of 22 Aug 10 is confirmed. Also, I will have my replacement on 2 Aug 10. I'm really looking for a change of life.
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