Running a marathon is not easy. Sure, we all train for the big day, but even with a perfect training plan, there's no guarantee race day will be a perfect scenario for those 26.2 miles.
Case in point, Grandma's Marathon 2017 ( full recap HERE ).
1. My endurance still won out, despite not getting to a 20-mile long run. My training was less than ideal in the final weeks leading up to taper. The problem? Too many other races. Sorry, but I'm not sorry. Although I do not consider myself a "racer," I still love the allure of a start line. Although I added a few bonus miles here and there after some of the races, it would have been a bit more "ideal" to just do a long training run(s) and skip the race(s). But, this was MY training plan, and I was not training for a BQ or a shot at the Olympic Trials. Bottom line? My endurance still won out and got me to the finish line (albeit a good 30 minutes slower than I'd hoped). Oh well. I'm happy, so that's all that matters.
2. My hydration and fueling were spot-on. Even though my exhaustion was severe by the 18th mile, and my feet were sore and my body was a sweaty mess, I never felt like stopping. I took more walking breaks than I'd planned to do, but I also was feeling a little light-headed at times and knew it would not have been wise to push through that. Besides, I had a fun friend (Rachel) with me for the first 22+ miles, and she kept me laughing and (momentarily) helped me forget any discomforts.
5. The post-race endorphins totally had me in a giddy state of mind this past week. The thing is...the endorphins weren't there at the finish line, or at the after-party, or even the next day. It wasn't until Tuesday (?) when they hit me (about the time the DOMS were leaving). I was sitting at my work desk, thinking about the race, and couldn't help smiling. Suddenly, the less-than-desired finish time no longer mattered. I had finished my seventh marathon, and that was something I'd never imagined happening 12 years ago (when I couldn't even run a 5K without taking walk breaks). Wow. I'm a 7-time marathoner!
So, enough about me...your turn! Have you ever had a race not go as planned, but you still enjoyed the experience? Ever have the post-race endorphins show up a few days late?
I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0