So two years ago at 8:00 on a very cold, fall morning, I stood at the starting line in Forest City, PA, anxiously awaiting the cannon to go off to let me know the marathon was beginning!!
26.2 miles later, missing a sweat shirt and gloves, no more fuel in my pouch and with very tired, sore legs and arms, yes arms, 5:55 minutes under me and my family and friends off to the side, I crossed the finish line to my first FULL marathon.
One of the biggest and hardest and most rewarding experiences of my life. Seriously, nothing compares to that moment, I still get chills thinking about it...
It was hard and it was long. Not just the marathon, that bitch was crazy, but the training that lead up to it was even harder. I trained for that marathon for 6 months and the 6 hottest months in Florida. I learned a lot from that marathon and I changed in more ways than one. My weight went up and down, my legs got a lot more toned, my waist got a bit smaller and my confidence and my belief in myself got stronger.
I knew no matter what I was going to finish that marathon. There was not a doubt in my mind, even if I walked the whole thing and it took me 17 hours, I would get it done. I was never giving up and never stopping.
Two years later, I still have that drive and determination. Despite how achy my body feels or hurts right now. Today I went out for a 2.62 mile run to remember my marathon and I still cant believe I did it. Today, I struggled to get to those short 2.62 miles and really I walked the .62 part because my hip was hurting. It is amazing a lot can happen before, during and after a marathon.
My love and running routine is definitely different than two years ago too. Two years ago, I was running for training and running to accomplish a marathon. Today, I am running to keep myself sane, because I love to run and to continue to lose weight and exercise. Two years ago, I didn't suffer from pain, just little aches here and there and today, I feel like my hip is holding me back.
I might always look back and think, how the heck did I do that. How did I run for 26.2 miles, but the awesome thing is I can look back and say I DID THAT.
I actually ran 26.2 miles and each year I am going to run 2.62 on that anniversary for the fun of it!!
Will I do another one???
Believe it or not, I just might....
Not anytime soon, but I wouldn't count it out just yet!!
But for now, I will look back at my first one and remember the huge accomplishment I faced and completed for always.