Kelly the Culinarian: Marathon-iversary

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Marathon-iversary

That smile is hiding a lot
One year ago today, I was a bundle of nerves. I got up early, and added a timing chip and bib to my tried and true running outfit.

It all came down to this. A summer packed with early mornings, abbreviated social engagements and long miles ticked off to the silence of my own thoughts. I wasn't just heading out for another unimaginably hot training run that day.

I was running my first marathon.

The was determined to finish the Fox Valley Marathon, but I didn't know if I could. I failed to train mentally for the mind games your body starts to play on you. Although I'd run two separate 20-mile runs, I ended up run-walking after only nine miles.

It was tough. So tough. I was hot, my foot hurt (I later learned that pain was not, in fact, normal. I had plantar facitiis) and my stomach was angry at best.
Heading to the finish

Somewhere after the 20-mile mark, it hurt more to walk than to keep running. My family was there to cheer me on, along with MacKenna, Kim, Jenny and several other awesome buddies. And it was their support that kept me going as the miles seemed to keep stretching in front of me.

When I finally finished, I cried. It was all I could do to get my medal, choke down some food and retrieve my gear bag. I was weak and unsteady, but I was a marathon finisher.

Today, I'm thinking about all the runners out there chasing down their dreams along the Fox River. I hope their races go well and they feel nothing but pride and accomplishment.

I've been thinking a lot about that first marathon and what I could have done differently. A year later, the accomplishment is still as astounding and fresh in my mind. I'm proud of my time and finishing at all, but I'm never satisfied. I'm ready for more.

4 comments:

findingmyhappypace.com said...

Looking back at my first marathon, I wish I had a better attitude about mine. I appreciate that you have a great attitude about yours. These stories are better to read! :)

Losing Lindy said...

My run last year was horrible at best. This year was much better. Not a lot faster, but better.

Jamie said...

Aww, my marathon-iversary is coming up soon too! It did not go well (my husband DNF'd and it was hard for me to finish the race). Our second marathon (and my husband's first marathon finish) was much better! Can't wait for number 3 in a month!

Jamie said...

Aww, my marathon-iversary is coming up in a few weeks! It didn't go well (I saw my husband DNF and it was hard to finish the race). Our second marathon (and my husband's first marathon finish) went much better! Can't wait for number 3 in a month!