Sassafras and I both ran races in Philadelphia in November 2019. Since we only saw each other in passing at the expo, we decided to interview each other about our respective races. If you missed it, here is my race report as told to Sassy.
When did you decide to run the full at Philly?
I decided on Philly over a year beforehand. I was getting marathon FOMO (would that be MFOMO?) while watching the 2018 NYC Marathon on TV, combined with Facebook memories of my 2012 Indy Monumental Marathon. I looked up reviews for good November races, since that had served me well before. I kept this idea under wraps for a bit, and registered in February 2019 after getting a solid 10 miler under my belt.
What were your goals for the training cycle and for the race itself?
My goal for the training cycle was straight forward: regain my marathon fitness. I hadn’t successfully completed a marathon since 2016. Despite the challenges I faced – my dog dying, spraining my ankle, balancing everything – and having to scrap my planned mid-cycle half marathon, I would put this one in the “yes” column. Read more >>