Hello hello and happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was beautiful down here in Texas…temps in the 70’s. Perfect to celebrate National Margarita Day on the patio! I enjoyed one on the rocks with some friends on Saturday afternoon.
Let’s back it on up to Saturday morning. I set out to Fort Worth for the Cowtown Marathon expo to pick up my race packet and swag for Sunday’s race.
As always I had to stop by my favorite pickle booth. They had some zesty spicy pickles for me to sample. I actually managed to get out of the expo without purchasing anything and that was a victory in itself.
I was home early after a fun time on the patio with my neighbors and got a good 7-8 hours of sleep. Sunday I was up early to line up to the start of my 10th full marathon.
This race would officially qualify me to become a member of the Marathon Maniacs. I had been putting in a lot of miles in the past few months, running back to back 26.2s all while trying to stay happy and healthy. This is the first time I’ve EVER run them this close together. Typically I have been running 1 to 2 fulls MAX a year to allow myself ample time to recover in between. This was the ultimate challenge and I was doing it. Something I never thought I could do. I lined up to the start a BALL OF NERVES. I’m never usually that nervous before a race. I said a prayer and we were off into the sunrise.
I didn’t have time before the race to use the bathroom since my mom and I arrived so late so I knew I would have a bathroom stop during the race early on. Good thing too because my first mile was way too fast. I took a quick pic of the gorgeous sunrise to slow me down a bit.
After my pit stop I spotted my friends Maya and Jackie! Jackie was running her very first marathon. I was super excited for her. I ran with the girls for a good chunk of the first half. We laughed and talked while ticking the miles away.
Right before we hit the half point I decided to scale it back a bit and run by myself. I honestly just wanted to soak in the later miles solo, and have the time to think in my own head and just enjoy this race. The weather was starting to heat up and humidity was thick. The course is also super hilly too! I ran it last year though so I knew what to expect. During the race I ran into some other buddies of mine, one of them who is also a part of the Maniacs. I was excited to tell my friend I would soon be joining the ranks of that awesome group of runners.
For this race I honestly did not know what to expect as far as a finish time. I just knew I wanted to finish it in under 5 hours and keep a fairly consistent pace. And I did just that.
When I saw the finish line…I was so emotional. I told myself I wasn’t going to get teary eyed but I just couldn’t help it. I never thought I would see this day. A few years ago…I can sit here honestly and tell you I did not know how any human being could even complete 13.1 miles at one time. And now I have run 10 26.2s…3 of them a few weeks apart from one another. And I’m still standing…feeling freaking fantastic.
Seriously…this medal? It’s probably the best one yet. I earned those spurs.
How was your weekend? When’s the last time you surprised yourself and did something you never thought you’d accomplish?