Marathon and Done

So I started and eventually finished the San Diego Rock ‘n roll marathon.  It was my first marathon and it was rough.  Even knowing that I was going to run 26.2 miles, and training for a year, I wasn’t really prepared for it.  Slow running is tough.  I’ve heard some people say it is harder to run slow that to be fast and finish quickly.  For sure one option is to do what I did and train for a year to just finish.  That was a decent amount of time to train.  I got in 3 half-marathons for practice on the long runs.  I definitely hurt myself by running the full marathon, but minor injuries.  A couple of toenails are a small price to pay for completing your first marathon.  They didn’t really fall off, but they probably will soon enough.

I was so very exhausted at the end I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make the last mile.  I am glad it wasn’t hot or I’m not sure I would have made it.  The thing I wasn’t ready for was the pain in my feet from just running for 6 hours.  They felt bruised for a week, but I went running the day they didn’t.

Lessons learned-

  1. Don’t wait to get your race shoes until the last month(ended up with a pair that didn’t work out)
  2. If you are slow, bring a bottle (towards the end there was limited water)
  3. Really pace yourself at the beginning
  4. Run faster on your LSR
  5. Don’t skip workouts
  6. Smile and try to enjoy it


By |2015-10-07T03:42:05+00:00June 16th, 2015|running|0 Comments

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I have gone up and down in weight over my life. I ran cross-country in high school, but that was 25 years ago. I was up to 245lbs at 5'6" tall, not good. I have tried all different styles of eating, from vegan to low-carb. After really seeing how out of shape I was, I decided to get in shape. A year later, I have been running at least 3 days a week and am getting ready for my first marathon. As a fat runner, I'm not fast, I'm not going to win, but I will finish.

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