Today was the big day for me in running not only my first marathon but my longest race over 5.6 miles. I was fortunate enough to have a fellow spark person, Wongerchi, help me in my journey. It was a rainy day and the wind was up a little too. I can not put into words the feelings I had while running but it covered so many spectrum's. I never felt like I could not complete it and overall I really felt good the whole time. I got to talk to several people and hear so many stories of why they were running. The oddest thing to me was running for a short time near a girl who did it bare foot. It was so wet and nasty I can not imagine. For anyone considering it I say go for it, you won't regret any of it when you cross the finish line and people are cheering for you. People you most likely will never meet in your life.
I must have heard my name called out 200 times and it really does lift you when your head is down and you are getting tired. I know that the energy of the crowd helped me finish it standing upright. Thanks to any and all the volunteers and spectators. A special thanks to whomever was handing out the beer at mile 23. Talk about a lifting of spirits. The official timing website is down but my garmin, which died within 5 minutes of crossing the line said 4:55:09.23 and a grand total of 26.45 miles. My knees are stiff and my left calf is sore but I am on cloud 9.
A couple pictures:
Is the day I joined SparkPeople.
Is the day I started Couch to 5K
Is the day I changed my life.
It is so hard to believe that just 1 year ago I could not even run 60 seconds without feeling like I was going to explode.
I remember being completely freaked about about having to run for 20 minutes straight.
I remember the feeling that I had when I graduated the couch to 5K program.
I remember my first race and the "hill" that I had no idea I would run
I remember my second race when my 2 year old son had a meltdown because he wanted to run with me( incredible experience)
I remember my wife saying that she wanted to run a marathon but not alone. I still can not believe i said sure to that one!
so here we are 1 year later and I now:
Run 30+ miles a week
Lost 53 pounds and have maintained it so far during training
am less than 2 weeks away from the marathon
ready to start my next journey.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to another great year.
We went to the Mizuno run with us program today. It was a last minute schedule at our nearest running store. They scanned our feet in 3d and then is also scanned our standing, squatting postures and then we walked and based on all that information they recommend what style of shoe we should wear. I have been in Nike's since I started running and so I was not sure how I would like the Mizuno shoes. The first pair I tried was the Wave Rider. They did not even feel good when I put them on. SO then I tried the Wave Runner and man they felt good. I got to wear them around and test run in them. Boy did they feel great. I went ahead and ordered a pair as they did not have my size in stock. I should get them in a week or so depending on when can get back there. So pictures below of the results.
They even gave us a free tech shirt for being there.
Overall it was well worth the drive and I am glad we did it. My wife got a new rain jacket, fuel belt and some shotblox. They had a group run however we were not able to do it as we got there late. Fun times for the newbies that we are.
Me and my wife participated in a charity race today. It was to help a local boy with muscular dystrophy in getting a van that will allow him to leave his home. The morning was a bit cold and even was spitting a little snow. Very uncommon for this time of year. Neither of us really had any idea of what to expect for the course. When we got there I made a comment oh look we get to start with a hill. Little did either of us know that hill ended up being a long hill.
The first 2.25 miles was a hill followed by a short downhill and repeat uphill. We got a workout and we made it all the way to the aid station and walked while we drank water. We did have a few more short walks but we ran 5.3-5.4 of the 5.6 miles. I bumped my runkeeper and didn't know it for a few seconds so it tracked 5.45 miles. Our official time was exactly 55 minutes.
Both myself and wife went across at the same time. It is the first time I have been able to get close to her time. I am sure she slowed down a lot to make me feel better... Anyhow it was a great run and had a good time.
Took some pictures on the way with my iphone and stats below.
The Hills are alive!
Does it look cold? pre race right before it started to spit snow
A little of the view where we ran. Look down into town and thats where we started
The shirt, bib, and some socks courtesy of the organizer :)