Rehoboth Beach Marathon – Now Comes the Good Part

Happy Friday, friends! I wrote about my performance at Rehoboth earlier this week (read it here if you like sadder stories). It didn’t go as I’d hoped or planned as far as the race goes, but I don’t regret a thing. I spent some time with a truly amazing runners and even more amazing people. I shared a house with runners from various walks (or runs) of life. Lots of the runners that I spent time with go way back and have met up on multiple occasions for a combination of running and celebrating. It was my first time, but they treated me like one of their own.

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Good looking group, right? 

Rehoboth was really a great time. The packet pickup was easy. The race was well-organized. The course was flat, fast and fun. There are lots of places where you’re running without much spectator noise, but that’s ok. Where there were spectators, they were fun and enthusiastic. The post-race festivities were AMAZING. They had REAL FOOD and great beer (thank you, Dogfish Head). All of the runners are crammed into a big tent, so you couldn’t help but get to know everyone. They had music blasting and those with any legs left could dance.

You even get free pics! Most major races want to take a week’s pay for pictures, so that’s a huge perk. My pics are all sad and in fact I’m not even running in a single one of them. I guess they weren’t taken during my 1:34 first half but during my 2:05 second half. The pics kind of tell the story.

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All I could do was smile.

 

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I love my shirt and I love my medal. For a short time I usually hate having reminders of races associated with not meeting my goals, but my Rehoboth stuff is just a reminder that goals aren’t everything. We set new goals. If we achieved our goals every single time, they wouldn’t be special. They wouldn’t bring the kind of joy that can make a person scream out or even cry. What fun is that?

As of right now, I’m not going to Boston. I’ll admit, there’s some void that I feel as a runner until I can finally get that Boston Qualifier. I’ll try again. For now, I’m just looking forward to running just to run again. I want to run what I want, when I want and how fast I want. No commitments. I’m going to spend the next couple of months on strength and flexibility with no structured training as a runner. I will run with friends. I will get coffee afterward.

I may not be going to Boston yet, but I gained a TON from these experiences. I also gained a 5k PR AND a half marathon PR!

Thanks again for all of your supporting words of encouragement throughout my training and through my tough times. It all means a lot to me.

25 Replies to “Rehoboth Beach Marathon – Now Comes the Good Part”

  1. “If we achieved our goals every single time, they wouldn’t be special. They wouldn’t bring the kind of joy that can make a person scream out or even cry. What fun is that?”
    Exactly man!! Sounds to me like you took away all the right stuff from this one. Congrats Randy. x

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  2. Even if all you were able to do at the finish was smile… you were still able to smile. On a really hard day when you didn’t meet your goals, you still smiled because you love running and what it brings you: joy. I’m glad you had FUN before and after the race, spending time with people… because that’s what this sport is really about- the ones who love us no matter what our performances look like and how messy life gets.

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  3. Those are the happiest shitty race pictures I’ve ever seen! I have no doubt you’ll get your BQ someday, when you don’t have a cranky achilles or the lingering effects of a stomach virus. Marathons are so hard to get right. Hope to see you again soon! And I know Clark wants a karaoke encore haha.

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  4. late to the party of replying to this, but I hope you haven’t forgotten this bit that you wrote: “goals aren’t everything. We set new goals. If we achieved our goals every single time, they wouldn’t be special. They wouldn’t bring the kind of joy that can make a person scream out or even cry. What fun is that?”
    Gold. 🙂 And now you have a new chance with the new attempt in Dec!

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