Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I wanted to get this quick update here on the blog sooner, but as you can imagine, I’ve been taking the last 24+ hours a little slower than usual 🙂
Yep – I did it! I completed the 38th annual Marine Corps Marathon yesterday!! It took my friend/running partner and I 4 hours and 38 minutes to do it – but we did it. It was long, it was painful, and it was oh-so-glorious when it was over (well, until I had to start the long walk back to the car!)
We stuck together and leaned on each other hard, and I couldn’t have done it without her. I had to dig deeper – both mentally and physically – than I’ve ever had to during a race. It wasn’t my strongest run, but at the end of the 26.2 miles, I crossed the finish line with my head held high and a smile on my face!
I couldn’t have done it without the love and support from a lot of family and friends – from good luck wishes on Facebook, to help with Henry while I ran…a lot of people made this single-woman run a big team effort! I am especially thankful to my Husband and Dad who biked around the marathon course during the event to meet me with cheers, smiles, and much-needed encouragement at regular intervals. Toward the end, knowing they were around the next bend was really what kept me going!
20 weeks of training, 600ish miles logged, and with 4 and a half hours of running, it’s all over. While the finish line seemed to take forever to appear, all of a sudden it has come and gone in what seems like a blink of an eye. Besides some achy legs and one less toenail, here’s what I have to show for it…
…one super cool medal for sure. But also, some wonderful memories with a great friend, immense gratitude for friends and family who believed in me, a huge sense of accomplishment, and a strong desire to never run a marathon ever again…at least for now 😉
Thanks to all of you who sent well wishes and were rooting me on from afar. Tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual content with a fun last-minute Halloween project! See you then!Posted In North Carolina, Personal Post