Well, here I am a Full Marathon Runner!
|I’m smiling here but I was exhausted and my legs were killing me!|
After all those months of sweat, tears and sacrifice I can now say I have run 42.195 Km and I couldn’t have done it without training for sure.
It’s really an indescribable experience but I will do my best to put it into words.
I have recorded through my Facebook page and Instagram some of my preparations and thoughts.
Well, on Race day I woke up at 2 am. I had enough time and to eat and change and go to the toilet a few times.
I left to get the train at 3.15 and the train arrive around 3.30. It was filled with marathoners.
|The trains usually stop running at 12 and open at 6 but just for this event it opened from 3am. It was really crowded at that hour. But this is what makes the experience unique, fun and exciting – when everyone get together for the same reason.|
I arrived had 2 more toilet visits and enjoyed the view and atmosphere.
|The elite/professional marathoners spotted!|
|I had the red bib which means that I plan to finish above 5 hours.|
|Walking to the starting point|
Finally, the race began. I ran approximately 30-34 Km with frank.
|Frank barely trained but he finished 25 minutes ahead of me! He was my pacer. If I wasn’t running with him I would’ve taken even longer.|
I did all that I had planned and practiced but nothing prepared me for the pain I began to feel in my legs. It was muscle aches/cramps that only got worse and worse each kilometer.
|This was around 40Km I could wave and smile but I was suffering! That’s me I can always smile haha.|
|A real smile for the real pain in my legs! this was around the 37-38Km mark and where I started really walking and really thinking about quitting.|
|Afterwards I managed to just take one step at a time and move forward.|
I didn’t know it was normal and actually everyone was experiencing it. I guess what caught me off guard was how early in the race the pain came.
I definitely need to work on that and do more research and practice.
The last 10km was torturous and I came so close to quitting (as in just walking). I had run the whole 32km with walking only during the water stations.
It was really mind over matter from there I just lifted my feet and went at a pace that was slower than a jog but faster than a walk. I was fighting the pain and mustering whatever strength I had left.
|I couldn’t believe it I made it. I finished what I started! I never dreamt I would dare take such a feat or accomplish it. But I said I can and I did!|
The last 2 kilometers felt like 20 more to go. The road never seemed to have an end. Every corner I turned to had another corner and it was just frustrating to not see that finish like in sight.
|Looking at how much more I had to go and estimating what time I would be done.|
|It’s all in the mind.|
Finally the finish line was in sight…. And I did it I actually did it. My goal was 5.40 -6 hours but I completed I’m 6 hours 33 minutes. I’m still so happy for myself though. And I’m sure from what I have experienced and learned I will improve in my next marathon… Yes my next one! Hahahah
|I see the finish line.|
“Never again” did cross my mind and all I could say afterward was IT’S CRAZY!!!!
The route and atmosphere was good. Everything from my experience was well organized.
It was wonderful to experience this with all the runners around me. One of the best memories was to see other runners also limping and dragging their feet especially after the run like me!
|Not bad right! I’m proud of myself. I love my body and I have come so far.|
|Thank you for waiting for me my friends.|
What now? What next? Well, 2 days on my legs are still killing me but I can’t wait till I recover and run again. Looking forward to a casual run 😀 So we will see. This is definitely not the last of me. Just the beginning!
|See you 😛|