Sarah completed her first half-marathon today. While some would consider that quite an accomplishment, and indeed she does as well, she has made the appraisal that 13.1 miles can do a number of uncomfortable things to a persons body.
When articulating this most painful of ventures in relation to her overall running career this past year, she brought up a certain video of the former world record for skiing off a cliff into a bank of fresh powder. The guy, Jamie Pierre, skis himself right off a 255′ precipice, just to say “I skied off the tallest cliff without a parachute.” It’s amazing in a psychotic sort of way.
Now if you watched that incredible video, you heard Pierre state something along the lines of, “I just wanted to hold the record, even if only for a day. Now I can go back to making powder turns.”
The point is that the Half is probably the culmination of her distance running career. She did it once, suffering through and finishing like a champ, but from here on out its 5k’s all the way.
So give her a hearty congratulations and hoist a pint of stout ale for a job well done and a toast to future, albeit much much shorter, running endeavors.