I finally gained the courage to start and ran my first marathon.
As many of you suggested, just do it and have fun regardless of time and I am so glad that I did. Thank you for all of your encouragement and for constantly checking in/reading about my life. I truly appreciate it. Today I completed a 13.1 race and it was so surreal. A dream of mine was to complete a race since 2012.
I picked up my badge and shirt the day before. #7322~~!!
Went to sleep after work around 1AM, woke up, showered, and I was off.
At the start, I was slightly intimidated, but as I met more girls and received more information I became at ease.
I had some troubles but definitely knew I could finish, it was just a matter of when and to be quick but not faint under 3 hours out of the 4 hours that was allotted to us. I saw some women throwing up or needing an ambulance and did not want to take a health risk. So I didn’t.
I ran well in the beginning, got tired here and there, truly enjoyed the water, and loved meeting new people. From the train to the end of the line I met so many wonderful women. They were all second or third time runners and were so inspirational. They spoke as if it was impossible to not finish, something I’m not entirely used to. But I took it and I loved it. And it’s kind of like life- you’re on a long journey, enjoy those that you like, take no more, take no less, and run on. Because in the end, only you can cross the finish-line.
Sometimes my legs felt slow, sometimes I felt held back because my toes started to swell (I have a few blisters and bruises), but at the end of my thoughts, I knew I could finish.
And as I finally saw the finish line with 0.1 miles left, I focused my mind on finishing. I saved up all my energy for this moment, like in the movies where the music gets intense. I surpassed those in front of me, women after woman. My pains began to vanish with each throbbing step, and before I knew it, I was at the finish-line. And just like that, my goal of completing not just any race but half a marathon in less than three hours was complete.
I got a metal, an apple and a bagel. It was breathtaking, took my breath away and definitely priceless. I cannot wait to do another race in the upcoming months.
Hope you enjoyed this post,
Charismatic Cherie. :)<33