So, I can finally say that I am a marathon runner. I accomplished what I had set out to do last year, and that was to run a full marathon. What a feeling it was to cross that finish line, and have my wife and kids there to share in the experience. I won’t forget it!!!!
I officially ran my 1st full marathon in 4 hours 23 minutes, and some people would feel elated, I might be a little selfish, and say I am somewhat disappointed as I was hoping to do better the way I felt during the beginning stages of the race, and how I’d been running in weeks leading up to the race. However, I am still elated. I will run a sub-4 hour marathon my next time out as I have a better understanding of what I need to do.
During the early stages of the race, I felt great. Nice consistent pace, wasn’t really pushing things too much, and was really staying within myself. I actually ran the 1st 1/2 of the race 3 minutes faster than my PR for the 1/2 marathon. I was able to really maintain the pace through about 20 miles for the most part, with a few hiccups along the way. At mile 20, my legs seized up, but I wasn’t going to quit, and kept pushing on as best I could. I was already at the point I had run further than I ever had at 20 miles. From the 20 mile mark to mile mark 25, it was a combination of running about 3/4 of a mile or more, and having to walk some just to have something for the end. When I hit mile marker #25, I gave it all I had, and ran strong to the finish.
It was so awesome to see my wife and 2 boys near the finish line, and my little man ran along side me for a few feet, but didn’t want to cross the finish line with me, but it was still a great site.
After the race, I hurt. I won’t lie about that. I ran the race with a partially injured right leg (calf), and my entire right leg went numb during the race around that 20 mile mark. Don’t worry, feeling came back about mile 22. The things that hurt the most when I was done were my lower back, my calf, and my arch/right ankle. Considering I had just run 26.2 miles, the rest of me felt pretty good. Endurance wise, I was great. Not tired at all in that department. I still felt I had a lot in the tank, just the physicality of things really hit me.
After some recovery time, it’ll be time to prepare for my next venture (if I’m given the green light), the GOATZ 50K. Marathon #2 will come in 2013 for sure!!!!
I have lots of people to thank for their support. Obviously my wife and kids for allowing me to embark on this venture. Mizuno Running for the best shoes on the planet. The great group of runners I’ve befriended in the last few month with the GOATZ, and my go to formula by Synergenics. Without that #Workout Mode, I don’t know where I would have been. The recovery after the race was pretty quick with the exception of my right knee, calf, ankle and arch still being tender. I’ll take it though!!!!
You can check out my entire run here: