A little more than one year ago, I ran my first marathon. When I crossed that finish line, I was not immediately sure I wanted to do another full 26.2 mile race. And then less than a week later, I wrote a post clearly defining my intentions: “Yes, I’ll Have Another.”
Well, that another came rather quickly, and this past Sunday I ran my second marathon, again at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. Continue reading
It’s been a week since I ran my first marathon, and I finally have an answer to the question everyone keeps asking:
“Will you run another marathon?”
Yes, I will run another marathon. And if luck has it, I will do it within the next year. Continue reading
I did it.
I ran 26.2 miles.
I did not stop. I did not cramp. Nor did I have to sprint to a porta potty or have any near-death experiences.
I conquered the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon. in 4:05:37. Continue reading
On Saturday morning my alarm rang for the last time at 6:25 A.M.
Since the end of the June, my alarm has gone off at the same time each Saturday morning. Only a few hours after most people my age go to bed after wild and crazy Friday nights, I woke up to do my own wild and crazy things.
At the beginning, it didn’t seem so crazy. Eight miles, ten miles; it didn’t sound so bad, Then it progressively got harder and harder. As the weeks passed, the temperatures also climbed with the mileage, By mid-August, SLR totals ranged in the middle teens. Waking up to run 14, 15 and 16 miles all before many of my friends even woke up became a common feat.
But even as the temperatures started to decline, the miles did not to do the same. So, like weeks past, I laced up my sneakers and headed to Fleet Feet for 16, 18 and 20-mile runs. But even with those runs successfully completed, this past weekend’s SLR might have been the hardest. Continue reading
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared.
I have 9 days until I’m supposed to run 26.2 miles. I’m ready for October 26th to be here already, but I’m also beginning to feel the nerves because of what I will do on that day.
These past four months have been an emotional and fatiguing experience; yet it’s also been an uplifting and empowering journey of self-discovery. If you want to push yourself to the limits and see what you are capable of, sign up for a marathon.
I have a bunch of friends, and they are great.
They are supportive, cheerful and optimistic. They like my posts about my SLRs. They leave comments of encouragement and they think I’m speedy! And yet, I’ve met none of these people.