I am still on the Titanium track! We are officially into the third week of 2011 and I have completed two marathons, one half marathon, and an ultra marathon. I just have to keep up this pace and I will be able to reach 52 marathons by the end of this year. Titantification!
The race itself was painful. I'm not sure if exhaustion had finally sunk in after running The Goofy Challenge the weekend before and the New Year's One Day the weekend before that, but I did struggle. I suffered a pretty significant mental break down at mile 6. I'm not sure what happened because there wasn't any physical pain or injuries. The last time I broke down this early in a race was at the Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon when I suffered shin splints at mile two. I got through that race thanks to Dean Karnazes, who high fived me on the course. This time around it was all mental during the first half. Fortunately, I was able to recover by mile nine. I did so by pulling myself off the course and sternly told myself to shut up, quit whining, and run! It worked. Self tough love! It also helped that so many Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics were out there to keep my spirits up.