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A few details on today's marathon. Was raining up until around start time and the roads were wet. Slept very little if at all. I immediately felt the pain in right shin when I started. By 4km, the pain was so excruciating, I thought I'd have to drop out and considered doing that. But I thought of my kids waiting at the finish line and kept going. By 8km, the left foot went kind of numb/cramped and it was moving upwards. Kept going. By 10km, maybe the adrenaline had kicked in and the shin pain was much reduced and not very noticeable. The numbness in left foot lasted until about the 15km mark and then disappeared. Miraculously (I dont know how ) I had covered the first 10 km in 52 minutes ( I was aiming for close to an hour). From 15km to about 30km, I was in a groove and going at a good clip. Finished first half of the marathon in 1:52 and thought I'd come in under 4 hours for sure, even though my goal was 4 hours. By 35km, the pain under my feet everytime they touched down was BAD ( I assume it's because I was wearing my old shoes as recommended by physiotherapist, and they did not have enough cushion anymore). The sides of both knees also started acting up after that. I walked for a little to regroup. The 4 hour pacer then caught up with me and I ran with him for about 3 km and picked up some time, but then on an uphill portion I fell a bit behind. Saw the family near the finish and got reenergized. Overall, for a first marathon, am happy and I do not feel overly tired after. I certainly had the stamina, just wished my legs held up a bit better. But the outcome was great for me ( I kept seeing the sign along the way, PAIN IS TEMPORARY BUT PRIDE IS FOREVER --- were all those people out to cheer me on, it worked.