December 5, 2010
Marathon 40, State #34
I had run at least one marathon a year from 1993 through 2006 or 14 years in a row. 2006 was a great year because I got to run the Boston Marathon, but it was followed by a year of change. In 2007 I moved moved from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California and was my excuse for missing a marathon in 2007. It ends up I barely missed my marathon streak because I planned my first race of 2008 on January 5th tho that was 559 days since my previous marathon.
Why do I share all this well it's because I didn't want to miss another year in 2010 which almost was the case. I ran St. George marathon in October 2009 and as of July 2010 hadn't had a marathon scheduled so finally committed to the Dallas White Rock marathon in Texas in December which again was a long time, 429 days, since my most recent marathon.
I actually couldn't find a recap I wrote about the White Rock Marathon at the time so I'm doing my best to piece together a story from the bits and pieces of information I could gather. My daughter started school and was a kindergartner in 2010! Certainly a new level of responsibility raising a child, working full time, and trying to get in shape for another marathon. My friend Jason from Seattle had done Dallas White Rock in 2004 and recommended it as a great Texas mid-sized race as it's a great time of year in Texas and goes around a lake and through some nice subdivisions.
The race was Sunday but I flew in Friday and the weather was great, a high of 70, but then Saturday a cold front blew in and Saturday high was 50 but all the way down to 26 at night. For this new S. California boy this was a little colder than I was used to but my Ohio roots had prepared me well for this! Race day was not quite as cold as it only got down to 34 and then all the way back up to 66 race afternoon however there were 15 mph winds so with wind chill it felt a lot colder. I would wear 3 layers until about mile 16 and then eventually would be able to shed my gloves and windbreaker.
I booked a hotel in downtown Dallas in an old building that was refurbished called Hotel Indigo. It was boutique and had sort of a retro feel to it. I had never been to Dallas before so I was eager to explore the city!