Manuel Rodriguez of Bogotá, Colombia completed his first marathon at D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll. He and his coach, Rod Koborsi, decided to put the brakes on his first attempt in NYC last year after a minor injury crept up. The decision to avoid a setback and reschedule for D.C. was a great move. Manuel’s official result was 2:48:37 [Full Results].
First thing I want to say is, Thank you! Independent of the result, I’m so glad I got to meet you and be trained by you! Got a 14th place overall and a 3rd in the category on a really hard course (340 total ascent + almost 1k extra) so I’m very pleased with the result. This was everything but flat, but I’m glad I ripped that band-aid off in my first marathon.
I ran most of the race by myself. I started out 8th in my category and climbed up to 3rd place. Always passed and never passed, which is the second time in a row and a good habit I’ve learned from our chats.