Thursday, October 11, 2012

What I Did this Weekend


I successfully completed my second marathon this weekend!  And with a pretty sizable PR.   

I was a bit worried about the race going into it because I did not train as hard as I should have, and I have had some nagging pain in my right knee for the last month. Luckily, the race gods seemed to be with me on Sunday.  The weather was pretty much perfect for running, and I didn't have any problems with my knee at all. 

The first half went pretty quick. After that I just focused on ticking off the miles, one at the time. The roughest point came between miles 21-23. My legs felt like cement blocks and all I wanted to do was stop and walk, but I didn't, knowing that it would have been so hard to start running again after walking that late in the race.  Crossing the finish line, I could hardly believe I finished my second marathon.  Fifteen years ago, I was in high school, overweight and barely able to run a 1/4 mile in gym class, so to get to the point in my life where I have run two marathons is still hard to wrap my head around.

During the race and immediately afterward, I was positive that this would be last marathon for a while, but now, a couple of days later, I am not so sure. There is something crazy addictive about pushing your body to it's physical limits and then pushing yourself harder to see how much you can improve.  While I am happy with my time, I know I have better marathon in me and that drive is hard to ignore.  

6 comments:

  1. Hah, I knew once you had a really good marathon, you would want to do another. Good for you; you kicked its ass and you're going back for more!

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    1. Thanks! I just can't seem to stop!

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  2. Oh my gosh! Congratulations! I'm just about to attempt my first ever HALF marathon. Goodness help me! I've been training but it's still pretty terrifying! I can't believe you have done two! Whew! You go girl! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! And good luck to you with your half-marathon. I did my first half 2 years ago and it is such an amazing to feeling to finish your 1st one. With your training, I am sure you will do great!

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  3. Congratulations and what a great accomplishment!!

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