I’ve been wanting to share this post for a few weeks now, but the holidays threw things off a bit. Typically if more than a couple of weeks pass by, and I have yet to do a recap, I just skip it. However seeing this was my very first marathon, I decided to make an exception and share the post.
I could recap each mile and talk my way through the whole entire race, but nearly 27 miles of that would get to be a bit long. Instead, I thought it would be fun to share some thoughts, photos and highlights.
The date was November 19th and the place was Tulsa Oklahoma. After a very sleepless night I woke up about 4:30 in the morning and hit the road shortly after 5:00. We arrived at the starting corals shortly after 7 and things instantly “got real”. We were actually there and this was really going to happen.
* First off let me say that was A LONG way to run. I mean on one hand, duh. But on the other hand, WOW! I knew it was going to be long, but that felt and was really, REALLY long.
* Things became extremely realistic around mile 12.5. At that point in the race the half marathoners head for the finish line and we had to run in the opposite direction. I have never wished I was running a half marathon so badly.
* The course was WAY more hilly than I expected. They weren’t steep hills like we have around here, but they were very long and steady inclines that felt like they went on forever. That made the course more difficult than I expected it to be.
* A big motivator for us through the run was literally taking it minutes at a time. Our training was far less that what it should have been and we were running 10 miles further than we ever had before. We did those last 10 miles in run/ walk intervals and literally took things one mile at a time.
* I had the best bib number ever! Did anyone else catch that?! 1225 so I was basically running for Christmas, HA!
* Plus, I got my ultra marathon coin from Santa! There is an optional detour you can take making the course the worlds shortest ultra marathon and you can guarantee we went for it. I mean at that point, why not?! I wish I had thought to point out my bib number to Santa Claus.
* It may be months before I can eat fruit snacks again. We ate them before the race and every 5 miles for energy. By my 3rd pack I was ready to swear them off for good.
* Realizing that we had this in the bag during that last mile was awesome. We had thought for months that we could, but to actually be doing it and know we were going to finish was so good.
* The run went really well for me. I was really worried about my body “falling apart” or some kind of injury popping up, but everything went okay. I was even surprised to have minimal soreness in the days following the run.
*At a certain points it took everything I had to will myself to begin running again. I would tell my body to go, but nothing would happen.
* We drove home with HUGE smiles on our faces. Because now we are marathoners, ultra-marathoners at that! Our time may be less than impressive, but putting up an impressive time was never the point. Honestly, we finished a lot faster than we ever thought we would.
* Will I ever run another marathon? NO!!!
All in all the experience was AMAZING. I am so thankful to those who supported us, encouraged us and cheered us on through all of our training and especially on that day.
I am also especially thankful to Anna. I can not imagine having done this with anyone else by my side. We’ve been running together for over 4 years now and this was such a huge achievement for both of us.
It’s been over three weeks since that day and I can still remember how exciting it was. I’m pretty sure I’l never forget the day we ran a marathon, ever.