August 25, 2008
Half as Long, One Third as Hard
(Post written on Saturday, August 23.) I ran the Mesa Falls Marathon & Half Marathon near our house in Teton Valley, Idaho today. I ran the 1/2 and Brad ran the full marathon as part of his quest to run 50 marathons, one in each state, by the time he turns 50. Return Path is a proud sponsor of Brad’s running, donating $1,000 for each race he completes to the Accelerated Cure project for Multiple Sclerosis.
Brad chronicled the race here.
The run was set up well for us. I wasn’t up for training for a full marathon, and this race had a half marathon that started at the halfway point of the full race, 2 hours after the start of the race. So I waited a few minutes with Amy at that point until Brad came cruising by us, and then he and I ran it in together. I was in charge of keeping him fresh and focused during a big hill and when he hit the proverbial wall.
As usual, the 26.2 mile run is an awe-inspiring distance. Even more so running the second half of it with Brad today when I had fresh legs at the beginning and he had already done 13.1 miles. My conclusion, based on my training, my strength at the finish, and the way my legs feel at the moment (pre-Advil and pre-cocktail), is that a half marathon is a nice accomplishment, but it’s not 1/2 as hard as a full marathon. It’s probably about 1/3 as hard. I’m sure there’s some great CEO metaphor about doing something halfway with a third of the effort, but I can’t conjure it up at the moment.
So hats off to Brad on completing #12 in his amazing series. I was delighted to have my favorite people in the world meet me at the finish line, shown here with Amy taking our picture. (Yes, for those who are wondering, we are expecting #3 in January.)
Also, Happy Birthday to my colleague Brian Westnedge, who was born in Ashton, Idaho (right near Mesa Falls) a bunch of years ago on the race day of all days.