Mallory finished medical school in late February. Her residency doesn’t start until late June. She has a bucket list of things she wants to accomplish before she cedes total control of her life for the next six years. One of the things on that list was to run a marathon. Even though she swore at the end of every half marathon she ever ran that she’d never run a marathon, she changed her mind and signed up for the St. Louis Marathon.
She’s a seasoned runner. She was one of the best cross country runners in Kansas during high school, earning medals at both state cross country and state track meets. She ran for the KU Track team for year. There, she was one of their top varsity cross country runners. All the while, having a perfect 4.0 GPA. She went back for her second season, but decided to give up running for KU when she was told by one of her coaches, in no uncertain terms, that there was no excuse for missing a practice, including class. That’s when she said, enough is enough, and left the team. She had her sights set on medical school and she wasn’t going to let a pig-headed coach get in her way.
She continues to run regularly, much as she has since the seventh grade, competing in the occasional road race in Kansas City or Lawrence. She and her husband Alan are a fixtures in Prairie Village and in Lawrence, where they are seen by many on their runs. When Mallory and I rode the Lizard Under the Skillet last summer, she was recognized by a person from KC who often sees her on her runs. For her, running is her way of staying in shape and dealing with the stress of medical school.
Yesterday dawned warm, humid and windy. These are not the conditions a marathon runner wants, especially when they’ve not been running in such conditions and have no acclimation to such conditions. It should give any distance runner pause on race day. I never sensed that Mallory was overly concerned by the conditions. She was hoping for much cooler, but had no control over the weather.
After going out too fast–as usual–she ran her first, last and only (she claims) marathon in 3:11:38. She was the 6th female finisher out of 648 and the 41st overall marathon finisher overall. 1910 runners competed in the marathon. I’d say that’s an amazing first marathon. She’s incredibly tough and when she sets her mind to something, she does it. But, I bet she’s sore today. Great job, Mallory.