Posted by: kzaitzruns | March 11, 2014

The good, the bad, the ugly…

Sunday, March 9th I toed the line just outside of the Dodger’s Stadium for the 29th running of the Asics LA Marathon. The sun was rising and creating a beautiful red hue behind me and the other 9 elite women starting. The gun went off and within a half a mile I was trailing. I was trailing not because I wasn’t capable of racing with them but because I had vowed for once to stick to my race plan and the paces I’d been practicing. Nothing faster and nothing slower… well the slower happened. Not only did running 26 miles alone take a toll on me but not training over hills the last 8 weeks (I’ll explain that a little later). So maybe I would not have been able to stay with the lead pack but now I’m left wondering if it would have helped me PR? Instead running alone (there was an equalizer bonus so the men and the general population started 17 minutes and 41 seconds behind the elite women) took a lot more out of me on a day when I was feeling good at the start. Often pushing the envelope a little and staying “in” the competition does better for the psyche than being left alone to do all the work by yourself! This was definitely not the marathon to play it “safe” and run my own race at the start!

It’s always easy to look back and wonder how you could have done it differently, but the only thing I need to do now is learn and move forward.

While the outcome wasn’t what I wanted even on the worst of days, I have to look at the things that went well (the good)! I finished, and I finished healthy non the less. My achilles tendon didn’t hurt and has not hurt post-race. My achilles tendonosis that almost took me out 8 weeks ago and has prevented me from doing hill work, survived the hills of Los Angeles. Another positive is that I was actually able to finish the last 5 miles feeling strong instead of my entire body having shut down (like in all my other marathons). Also stairs (up or down) have not been a problem and the soreness has been minimal, and lastly I was not dehydrated post-race despite the heat and was able to get the proper fuel in during the race (thanks to First Endurance and Nuun hydration).

So while there was the bad and the ugly there was good that came out of racing in LA. It’s the next step in my journey and while I’m disappointed that I came short of my goals I know that often times our character is built during those times we are knocked down. Most of my running career I’ve been knocked down but I get back up and PR, this time is no different.

So I’ll have to move on from my 6th place finish at the LA marathon and my disappointing time of 2:39:42. To all of you who support, encourage, and love me through this journey, thank you. I could not and would not be where I am without my tremendous support team and my amazing family. You are my rock and I know at the end of the day you love me no matter what and that’s more important than any PR. It’s these days that remind me of what’s really important in life…family and friends.

Also a quick thank you to all the employees and volunteers who put in countless hours to make the LA marathon a success. These people often do not get enough recognition but they deserve so much credit for making such races like LA happen!

Until next time…



  1. Nice to see the positives among the bad and ugly:) I think you are amazing!

    Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:32:02 +0000 To:

    • You always taught me to look at the silver lining! Must learn from the mistakes and use the positives to move forward confidently!

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like there was a lot of good, in addition to finishing healthy (yay!), that you will be able to build on. To struggle and still be able to come in 6th, seems like a pretty impressive accomplishment!

    • Thank you Diane for your reply! Yes, not a bad day just not what I am capable of! Thanks for the support!

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