Extreme confidence was in the air after I won my Age Group at the Jim Gibbons 5k Traffic Jam on June 16th and prepared for my return showdown at the Red, White, and Boom Twin Cities Half Marathon on July 4, and maiden runs at the San Francisco Marathon on July 31, and the Marquette (Michigan) Marathon on September 3.
Unexpectedly, I ran these races during the longest non-Personal Record (PR) streak (5 events) of my racing career; earning course records and improving my timing for events I’d run previously, but earning no official distance timing improvement in those races.
It was truly a summer of courage under fire, but brighter skies were ahead.
Event 11: Red, White, and Boom Twin Cities Half Marathon; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Monday, July 4, 2011
New Course Record (1:55:36 overall timing) by 4 minutes and 2 seconds over 2010′s performance in the same event (1:59:38).
Seventh consecutive sub-2 hour half marathon performance out of seven (7) events lifetime.
“MARATHONBrian 2.0 approached 2011′s event with the eye of a runner who’s been there and done this. I knew where the race expo, start, and finish lines were; knew what to pack and what not to pack in my travel kit; and knew what to do if things didn’t go quite according to plan on race day.”
Event 12: San Francisco Marathon; Sunday, July 31, 2011
Second fastest overall marathon performance, only eclipsed by the 2011 Boston Marathon (4:19:01).
4:22:47 overall timing; 9:53 pace for 26.55 miles.
“I was determined to complete the 2011 San Francisco Marathon, hell or highwater and celebrate the first marathon where I ran the entire distance without stopping; without having to walk the course to recover; without having to throw up in a porta-potty or whatever scenario had derailed fulfilling that goal in the past.”
Event 13: Marquette Marathon; Marquette, Michigan; Saturday, September 3, 2011
Things didn’t go the way I expected them to, but I realized that I’ve grown marathon fangs that I certainly didn’t have when I ran Chicago last October. Austin, Boston, San Francisco, and now Marquette have been tough proving grounds over the past year and I’m much more confident about taking on Chicago again on October 9.