When I mentioned doing a marathon to my trainer/friend Stacy K...she didn't doubt that I could do it. In fact, she agreed to do it with me. She had never done a marathon before, so it was something new for her too. To test the waters...she twisted my arm and got me to agree to do a half marathon in June. I had never trained for anything...I had never considered myself an athlete...but 2013 changed everything for me. I trained on my own...but on both race days...Stacy K and I...walking/running...got 14.6 miles in June and then 26.2 miles in October. Stacy could have easily run the whole thing...but she held back to slowly get each mile. I can still hear the sound of her Garmin watch with each passing mile.
It took me 7 hours, 30 minutes to finish...that is almost a full work day. It was bliss. I was lucky. I never hit a wall. I just kept moving forward. My mind was clear. It was zen. I felt fantastic. I never needed my headphones to pump pulsating music through my ears. I was able to run/walk the first 12 miles...and then my right knee pain got to a point where I felt like it would be safest to just walk to finish versus risking being in so much pain that I couldn't finish. Not finishing was not an option. It was cloudy. It was cool. It rained a bit. It was really perfect. I just kept moving forward. One foot in front of the other. I had five Gummie Lifesavers every hour. My non-working pancreas was never an issue. I listened to my body. I trained hard. I trained hard so that I could enjoy each and every moment of race day. I did. 26.2 miles...through the streets of Baltimore. It was bliss. I had a smile on my face the entire time.
Here is the pictorial documentation of my long weekend...
|Only one more thing to cross out on the training plan...|
|All my gear...|
|Hitting the Road...with my biggest supporters!!|
|The lucky charms for the journey...my first Camp Fantastic Badge, Camp Bracelet,|
Shamrock "Lucky" Earrings (so my Gma would be with me), Charm Bracelet (with Owl...so my Gpa would be with me).
|Still running...I think this may have been around 7/8 miles...|
|Moving Right Along...|
|I have no clue what I am looking at...maybe a Starbucks sign?|
|Shortly after hitting 13 miles...|
|Getting close to 20 miles...a little bit of rain...determination face...|
|Getting close to the finish...|
|Dynamic Duo...Camden Yards...the end is near!!!|
|Just before crossing...they had already closed down, but I moved the barricade...nothing|
was standing in my way!!!
|My Medal and Me!!!!|
|My Family and Me...|
|We did it!!!|
|Made it to RFK...slightly bleary eyed...but I got there!! Those stairs though...|
|The next day...at my favorite pub in Baltimore...|
|My Medal, My Pub, My Magners...|