Wow, what a journey this has been! When I embarked on the road to my first full marathon, I honestly had no idea of what lay ahead nor what the outcome would be. I’ve had serious doubts all along that my body would ever allow me to complete this distance. After months of conservative training in an effort to prevent an injury, I still ended up with an injured foot ….and not from running, but rather hitting it on a piece of furniture! Ahhh, such is life. An extra week of taper was taken and my last scheduled long run of 20 miles never happened. While this only added to my worries and fears, Coach Holly remained calm, cool and collected ….a pillar of strength for this rookie marathoner to lean on.
While I expected to be an absolute basket case the last week leading up to my race, I actually was very calm. I guess I had gotten all the ‘crazies’ out the week before when I began weather stalking and freaking out over all the ‘What if’s’ that could possibly happen on race day. Oh no, this week I remained calm, focused on rest and all the positive things I could muster up regarding running 26.2 miles.
Monday: 40 burpees and 1 min plank (80 were on the schedule)
Tuesday: 40 burpees that I still owed from yesterday / 4 min plank / Ran 3 easy miles and walked 1 mile with Chester boy. The foot felt pretty good with only a couple of twinges. However, it really hadn’t started to really talk to me until I’d get up around 5 to 6 miles ….so I still was just not sure how it would hold up.
Wednesday: 1 min plank / foam rolling / Rachel’s push ups were on tap but I decided that, other than the planks, everything else in this challenge would have to wait until after my marathon. Push ups make my upper body sore and burpees …well, they just make everything sore and who wants to go in to a marathon already sore!
Thursday: 1 min plank / Expo shenanigans …Major Hubs and I decided to go ahead and pick up our bibs on the first night of the expo so that we could stay in, carb load and try to relax as much as possible on Friday evening.
Friday: 1 min plank / Rest all day / foam rolled and finalized my music playlist ….the only time I got out of the house was to meet the hubs for lunch and to pick up a few last-minute items … i.e. rain ponchos. That forecast of rain on race day never wavered. I cooked a big pot of spaghetti, texted Holly a zillion times with last minute advice, laid out my race clothes and turned in early. It really was nice to be in the comfort of my home and sleep in my own bed ….and I truly think it had a positive impact on my performance.
Saturday: Race Day!!
I woke up at 4:30 am to the sound of rain. Shocker, right? No worries. Remember, I had been preparing myself mentally for this over the past two weeks. I was ready to embrace the suck.
If you follow me on social media then you all know that I did, in fact, complete my first marathon. Yes! I am a marathoner!!
I will save all the details for my recap once I get my thoughts together. However, I will say that it was truly an amazing experience and even though I woke up Sunday morning feeling like someone had beaten me with a baseball bat ….I have to admit that, as crazy as it may sound, I’m already entertaining the idea of maybe, just maybe, doing another one day!
….and that’s a wrap! I’m linking up Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. Please stop by and visit these fabulous ladies’ blogs and as many others as you can …I can attest first hand to the amazing support and encouragement you will find in this group. If you have a goal or dream you’d like to pursue, yet have any doubts or fears …put it out there. State it and claim it, then let others encourage you along the way. Sometimes you just need to know that someone else believes in you …and that is exactly what you will find here!