Over the weekend I ran my very first full marathon. You read that right. 26.2 miles. Looking back, that is a long way to run. I enjoyed every minute of it, even when my feet started to ache. The race was Mountains2Beach Marathon. The training was with San Diego Track Club. It all started while my husband was deployed. I ran for my sanity. I ran many races to keep myself busy. I also joked around with my husband that I’d be ready for a marathon when he returned. Well, I started turning that into a reality in January when a running friend of mine suggested I join the track club for training! So I did. And the rest is history!
It was a beautiful race. Starting in the mountains of Ojai, California. It was a chilly morning. We all huddled in the Post Office for a while to stay warm until wandering out onto the street to get acclimated. I had many friends running the race and the best part was the race was small enough that I spotted them all! We got pictures and well wishes and were on our way.
I fueled right. I used Honey Stinger Vanilla gels and Pro Bar Bolt Chews in between. I wore my Skirt Sports High Five skirt, which boasts five hidden pockets, perfect so I wasn’t weighted down by a belt. I wore my AliiLifestyle sleeves, which helped keep me warm without the bulk of a jacket, and my InkNBurn shirt, which was highly visible and got lots of comments along the way….I felt really good.
I’m not going to lie. Even though most of the race was flat or downhill, it was still tough. I lost a bit of my mojo at mile 17. I regained most of it and was running strong again until mile 25 and then just fizzled. My entire body started hurting. The last two miles were and out and back, so we passed the finish line and then had to come back. That was killer. I stopped and walked a few minutes. My feet hurt. Then I spotted the mile 26 sign. I was back in the race. I turned up my tunes and got into my zone….all the way to the finish! I never even heard the cheers from my family or friends! I finished. At 5 hours and 17 minutes, in Ventura beach, I finished my first marathon. My kids and hubby were there and my Run Away Run club girls and Moms Run This Town girls were there to cheer me on as well!
Until the next one!