This is not a running blog, nor was it ever intended to be. But running is such a big part of my life that I couldn’t leave it out if I tried. And now it’s an even bigger part, because this past Saturday was Marathon Day.
The day I’ve been blabbering about for the past week or so.
The day that I’d been trying to train for since November, and actually training for since February.
The day that made me realize just how much my body is capable of.
The distance is a little off because we ran through tunnels, and my official time was 4:58:57, but this is what I saw when I crossed the finish line.
I could tell you about every mile – how it felt, what obstacles were there, whether or not I felt prepared – but I won’t (unless you ask). That’s what running friends are for. We like to be “bored” with those little details. We like to analyze the rolling hills and where the terrain was best and worst. We like to note how our form changed with our energy level.
Around mile 12
Instead I’ll tell you that the crowd support, particularly throughout Dupont and Adams Morgan made all the difference. I thought that I knew it would, but it mattered so much more than I expected. I nearly cried when I saw Cla, and I was so excited to see BNB and HeeHa right before the big hill. From there on out, I saw a familiar face - RB, Vandy, JVo, Greater, DVo – every mile or two, right up to mile 20.
That's the 15 mile grin, right there
And knowing that I was going to keep seeing my parents and MJ’s mom and aunt as they rushed around to various points of the course gave me something to look forward to. Every photo they took has me smiling because I was so incredibly grateful to have people there to support me.
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And despite the aches and pains that I do feel (it’s true what they say – it is easier to walk down stairs backwards after a marathon), I had an amazing time.
Call me crazy, but I definitely want to do another one.
Marine Corps – I’m looking at you.
Thank you guys again for all your support and I promise, I’ll lay off the running (posts) for a bit.
At least until next week.
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