So, my one (and only) marathon started on an unseasonably warm day. It was 69 degrees at the start and pretty muggy, which is OK with me! I know 'runners' like it to be cooler, and even the Kenyan's struggled up there at the front. Gasp. My whole goal was to run the whole thing, and finish before they closed the finish line. True story. Since it was my first race, as long as I finished, I would PR. Win. Win. The only person I was racing for or against was myself.
The Dallas marathon has been going on for over 40 years, but they changed the route this year so that we started downtown (the old Red Court House)...
here. Her sign said Christy 14, Mountain 0. I hearted it. She gave me my dried fruit and cold frap drink. It took me months to figure out what fuels would get me through. I had a few gu, a few honey wafers, dried mangoes (for the sugar rush), a frap for the caffeine before and halfway through the race (energy drinks scare me)...and lots of Gatorade.
Legs hurt. Toe nails were questionable for a few days, there were a few moments I felt like passing out the night after, a few times I sat very close to the bathroom in fear of throwing up. Getting up and sitting down required the 'old person' noise all week after the marathon (Dec 9th), but my phone is full of well wishes. I have amazing gifts, cards and encouragement at home from awesome friends. From bath salt and fuzzy socks, snacks, and magazines from Sarah and Fran to all sorts of fat filled goodies and faith filled cards (thank you, Nicole). Friends that came to cheer me on, or run me through, and told me every step of the way they believed I could do it. It was definitely a hug to let me know I can do it, but it's because my life is full of amazing friends who want me to reach whatever my goal is...the thing this gave me, other than sore muscles and a funny series of veins in my left legs that may forever be a little more 'present' than they should is the knowledge that I used to say I'd never be a runner, and now I can say I once ran a marathon. It's fun to see what you can do if you just allow yourself to dream a little dream, run a little run and allow people to support you and pray for you if you are willing to share whatever the current goal/dream/crazy idea is in your life. Next? I'm not really sure....it won't involve running goals, but I'm sure it'll be something on the bucket list.....it just requires walking to my night stand where I keep that bucket list, and right now....I don't really want to walk anywhere. ;o)