Kirk Apt and I ran the St. George marathon on Sat. 10/5. I ran 3:21:40 and Kirk didn't wake up until halfway, running a TWELVE minute negative split to finish in 3:39:09. The weather was perfect and the course was gorgeous and it was hard! I always forget how hard a road marathon is: so much of it is mental. The reason I find the road marathon so hard is it's a much steadier effort than a trail marathon, there are no distractions like tricky footing and continuous change ups, and I basically train a lot harder for a road marathon as, for some reason, I place more importance on the time I run. The hardest part of all is the mental. Without the distractions it's all about being with myself for three plus hours and trying not to get down on myself when the going is rough and trying to rally that extra effort at the end when just finishing seems good enough. Anyway, the most important thing is to respect the marathon. A great friend of mine said that after finishing St George in 3:06 instead of her usual sub-3:00 . I remembered to do that, and the marathon kept reminding me as I ran! I hope this wasn't too long an explanation of why I find the marathon so tough. It's a BEAR.