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Eric L. ran: I did it! One maratho...
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- 26 miles
- 04:51 time
- 11:06 pace
- 4134 calories
I did it! One marathon under my belt. I have done more than a few races between running in track / cross country and participating in the WORS series. Nothing has come close to the experience I had running the marathon. I never anticipated the amount of support I experienced during the entire thing from so many people.
So I started out doing a pretty slow pace. I had absolutely no idea what to expect since the last real running I had done was four weeks prior and it involved a lot of pain. My foot healed up right in the nick of time, and looking back I think the injury really helped me out. I had been told not to run the first marathon with a particular time in mind, but as much as I fighted it I did have a time. During the four weeks that I was not running very much my attitude eventually changed to wanting to hit a time to just finishing it. I think that helped me to enjoy the marathon so much more.
I met up with my great friend JL at mile 6, and we then ran the rest of the race together. The first 15ish miles completely flew by, but seemed to slow down after that and come to a complete standstill at about mile 20. Thankfully there were all of these great inspirational quotes around mile 20, and my church Spring Lake was there to encourage all of the runners.
It was an incredibly emotional experience. I remember thinking back in college as my roommate was doing marathons that maybe some day I would do one. The idea seemed so so distant at that point and perhaps impossible. I am so thankful for all the support from my family and friends, the volunteers, and my fellow racers who got my mind off the run with awesome conversation. My wife watched our little children for 5 hours and made sure to cheer me on in a couple spots during the race. She waited for over an hour with my Mom in lambeau anxiously awaiting me to come through. WOW. Having my Mom hug me and tell me she was proud of me at the end definitely made all the work for the last 5 months completely worth it. I am especially thankful for the encouragement I got from JL during the four weeks. At one point I came very close to selling my marathon spot, and he convinced me to stick with it (all over twitter :)
I am not entirely sure what's next besides buying a new pair of vibrams :) I am signed up for the Bellin 10k next month and I'd like to do at least one more marathon this summer and some sort of trail run. I am probably going to be hitting up P90x in the early winter when the days get super cold.