Today did not go as planned.
Back in 2011, I was involved in a car accident that should have killed me. To overcome depression, I started running.
As a side effect of that accident, I live in near-constant back pain. Foam rolling helps keep it under control, but every once in a while it flairs up to the point I can hardly move.
During the race today, between mile 20 and 21, my back spasmed. I alternated running and walking, but came to the realization I would have to walk the remaining five miles and miss setting a PR.
It was just then that my wife Krystal and brother Charlie started sending me encouraging texts to keep going.
Despite walking the last five (point two) miles, I still came within 12 minutes of my PR. I must have been *booking* it!
Though not the outcome I wanted, this is still a win. And the historic record is now
Though to be fair, I didn’t run a marathon after fighting a battle and then running the hills of Greece in Athenian armor.