So Sunday was the New York City Marathon. I went down to the race to support/watch my wife Chrissie and her friend Trish race. What a great experience! The race was unbelievable in terms of magnitude with almost 50,000 people racing I believe.
I wanted to post this report because I am SO proud of Chrissie and her friend: A little history….Chrissie couldn’t run more than a half mile continuously when I met her 8 years ago and her fiend was sidelined with a stress fracture when I met her 2 years ago after just starting to run. Neither of them had ever run a marathon and really just began “training” over the past two years. Over the same period, Chrissie has been giving guidance to Trish using the QT2 protocol that she gets from me. Both of them have made tremendous progress.
The day before the race, I went over a pacing plan and nutrition plan for both of them and then they were off on their own down in NYC until they hit the starting line. Bottom line: Chrissie went 3:21 in her first marathon and Trish went 4:10 while accomplishing a life long dream of finishing a marathon. The key was that neither of them slid more than 9 seconds per mile for any mile relative to their first which exhibits patience beyond what their prior race experience may suggest. It also exhibits their ability to stick to a plan and trust the training protocol which at times may be boring and slow in terms of progress.
Its just amazing what people can do when they trust the protocol, be consistent through making sacrifices day in and day out, and execute a plan. Thanks for listening!