(written in June 2013)
One month ago I ran my first marathon -- that's 26.2 miles. The most I'd ever run in one day up to that point. I ran in the Capital City Marathon in Olympia, WA on May 19th, 2013 completing one of my life goals. I finished along with my Aunt Monica who was also running her first marathon.
The race itself was difficult and exhilarating. I got a tremendous rush seeing so many people in love with running and the people who love them cheering like mad. I'm so proud to have finished. The training, however, was difficult and took a long time. I started training for my full marathon in late January with the sinking feeling May would never come and I'd never be able to finish all 26.2 miles.
Lo and behold, it happened and I met my goal: I finished! As a marathon finisher, as a woman who has been running for just over ten years, I finally feel like "A Runner". As funny as I think that is to admit to, it's the truth. It feels official. Though, in my heart I believe anyone out there can call themselves a "Runner" as long as they try, they take it to the streets and push through those miles and the monotony of turning step over step.
Now that questions like "what will race day be like?" and "have I trained enough to finish?" have been answered for me, I've assembled a few pearls about what it takes to make it through race day for your first long race:
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