I do not have much to say about this race except I feel like an idiot who gambled and had the odds in her favor to win big and instead lost all her money.
The crazy fast Hamilton Marathon? I “ran” it. Clearly, I did not learn my lesson last year after the downhill Steamtown Marathon.
I did everything right and the odds were in my favor. I was actually running well. I was on a course way easier than the San Francisco Marathon where I had PRed on no taper and a bunch of pretty mediocre running. It was perfect cold weather just how I like it. I tapered properly for the first time…ever? I was not an idiot at the start. I was conservative. I tried to not pound the downhills. Yet I somehow destroyed my right quad and found myself limp running for almost half of the race.
I still cannot walk on it. My left quad is fine and not even really sore.
My only real conclusion is I am not a downhill runner (and seemingly everyone else is). I am officially scared for the Boston Marathon. Please help.
official time: If you care enough about my craptastic time you can stalk it online at the race webpage.