Excitement builds as the big day is almost here and I get ready to run my 7th marathon and 4th L.A. Marathon on Sunday March 9, 2014.
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1st Marathon - L.A. Marathon 2011'Monsoon Marathon', when the heavens opened in L.A. and didn't stop for 26.2 miles.
It may not have been pleasant, but it was definitely a memorable experience and made even more so by just beating the four hour mark, with a time of 3:58:13.
2nd Marathon - L.A. Marathon 2012raise more funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
In far more favourable weather I crossed the Finish Line in March 2012 shaving off ten minutes with a finishing time of 3:47:50.
3rd Marathon - San Francisco Marathon 20123:57:09.
4th Marathon - Honolulu Marathon 20123:55:06, cursing that infamous Diamond Head hill all the way.
5th Marathon - L.A. Marathon 20133:42:18, which I'm still slightly amazed by even now. And therein lies part of the problem, after several months of injury in late 2013 I'm going to have to run my heart out to come close to that time this year I feel.
6th Marathon - Vancouver Marathon 20133:50:26 and plan to return in May 2014 to try and better that time.
7th Marathon - L.A. Marathon 2014 (TBC)
So what will the L.A. Marathon 2014 hold I wonder? Will it truly be lucky no.7 for me?
I always strive to improve my time each race that I repeat (you can't compare your race times when you run different courses in my opinion). I know the only pressure I'm feeling is coming from myself and it's not like I'm trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but after months of injury and physiotherapy followed by months of getting back in the metaphorical running saddle, I really hope I can better, or at least match, my previous L.A. performance.
Legs don't fail me now...