26.2 miles = 42.2 kilometers = A Marathon = what a journey!
A Marathon was something I never, ever, EVER thought I’d see myself running…finishing…relishing in as an accomplishment… but is something that I completed for the first time this past Sunday!Putting together this race recap had me think back to when I wrote my first half marathon race recap. The feelings I felt then…the walls that I hit…but on a larger scale for sure (I may have giggled that my ‘old wall’ mile was 4.) So much to squish into thoughts in writing is tough but I’ll give it a go!
Race morning, I popped out of bed around 4am. I slept, but restlessly. I had been stressing quite a bit leading up to the day from traveling from Florida… add to that, having some sort of cold bug for the past week, to having shin pain being covered up by prednisone to get me through the big day. Fear of the unknown kept my mind going. My cousin, who we were staying & spending time with, was up early too. He’d run the race last year and kept telling me I trained well, not to worry! Easier said than done 😉 My cousin, G, and I headed to Bethesda to grab the Metro and then head into Rosslyn from there. I only had one snafu – I forgot my Garmin 10 minutes down the road and we turned around to grab it.
Did you go through the same wave of ups and downs in your first marathon?
What did you learn about your journey about yourself?