A last minute bib transfer got me a spot in the 2018 MARINE CORPS MARATHON!!! My FIRST marathon ever!!!
This is the race that first got my heart set of running a marathon years ago, and then I continued to push it off. So I knew given the opportunity I had to run it.
While I was really behind on training and not at all ready. I booked everything and traveled to D.C. for the amazing race…and it was surprising.
I knew going into the race that I was not as prepared as I should be but remained relatively calm and collected. When I got to the start I wasn’t scared, but I also definitely thought, “I really don’t need to do this,” but the race started and off I was.
The first half of it felt good, and since I did 2 other half marathons in the spring (my first and second ever!) I knew that would be the “easy” part..
I usually run listening to audiobooks or podcasts but at the start I chose to wait to listen to those and first just enjoy and embrace my surroundings. I ended up going the entire race without audio !!! (I can usually barely go a mile without being too bored but the course was just amazing and the spectators were great!)
As everyone says, the first few miles are hilly, so I knew to expect that and take it easy, which I felt like I was doing.
I started to lose momentum between 17-20 and when I beat the bridge I hit a wall and was mentally checked out. Now that I didn’t have to worry about any time constraint, I stopped pushing myself.
I picked it back up (slowly) the last few miles and managed to race up the steep finish and cross the finish line. Much later than I hoped and thought I would.
But I FINISHED!!!!
Afterwards I hated everything around me because once you stop, EVERYTHING HURTS. When I was traveling home I called my parents and siblings and told them how I couldn’t move and everything hurt and “I’M NEVER DOING THAT AGAIN”. How could they not warn me how painful it was???
By Tuesday I was looking up when to do my next marathon 🙂