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