12.15.2014

My First Marathon


Last year the Dallas Marathon was canceled in a freak ice storm that lasted for 3 days - so many people who trained never had the chance to run. This year the race sold out quite early and I'm glad I got there pretty early because it was packed!  Finding friends was hard, I'm grateful I found my girls because my nerves were shot, I was literally shaking when I was waiting to start. The weather was pretty crummy - 100% humidity, warm, and just super muggy.


Of course I obsessively checked the weather all week and they PROMISED no rain until the afternoon. Freaking liars - I swear all the news anchors got together and said 'Oh lets just promise them no rain so they don't freak out'. I wore pants in an effort to keep my KT tape on my calves and IT band and a dri - fit top with sleeves to help minimize any chaffing from my hydration pack.


 I decided to take my pack because it was so warm and I wasn't sure how many water stops there would be, plus it holds a ton of running fuel. The Dallas Marathon actually had more than enough water stops - super impressed! In hindsight I should have worn a belt for easier access to my fuel, I lost my running partner around mile 8 and once I had to ask a stranger on the sidelines to get it out for me and three times I saw friends who helped me out.


 My friends. Y'all seriously, seeing so many friendly faces on the sidelines was the biggest help!! My Rockwall running girls were at 3 different miles, it was so awesome as you can tell from the pic :)

I wore my Garmin in an effort to keep my pace where it needed to be, but the start through mile 4ish was pretty crowded and I didn't want to expend extra energy trying to weave in between people so I kept a steady pace some where between 10:30 and 11. 

I didn't wear any headphones because it's really isolating during a run, but I did turn my music out loud for the first 10 miles or so. The drizzle started around mile 15 and I decided to take off my backpack and put my phone in the Ziploc - so no music and no one to talk to.


 It really started to rain around mile 19 just when I was hitting my wall, thank GOD one of my soccer girls was under a bridge at mile 20 with beer. I guzzled that thing so fast and felt so much better - next time I'll have a second! 19-21 was really hard for me, I had to keep the tears at bay mostly so I could breathe. The rain was just pouring down on us, my worst fear realized, but I didn't let it hold me back. My feet were KILLING me and I was sure I lost a toenail on one side. I started to keep track of my time for the last 5 miles, I REALLY wanted to come in under 5 hours.


 My two love bugs waiting for me at the finish!

So around mile 21 I realized I had less than an hour to get to the finish, in the pouring rain, with soggy shoes and blisters everywhere. I literally chanted to myself  "Do not screw this up now! Do not screw this up now!' I thought of all the text messages I got and all the posts to my Facebook and I just. kept. running.

The rain started to come in sideways and all I could do was laugh. OF COURSE it would rain on Marathon day! My stupid Garmin was wrong, pretty much the entire race it told me my pace was around a 10:50 {I was really closer to an 11:20} and the miles were off by at least half a mile. It's really screws with your mind to hit 26 on your watch, but not see the finish line yet.

The last 2 miles took everything inside of me, I had nothing left to give, but somewhere I dug it out. I have NEVER EVER pushed myself so hard. THIS is why people run marathons, to push your body so hard, just for you, no one is telling you to - you can quit if you want - but to really dig deep and do something so hard is indescribable. That feeling is the best feeling ever. Prideful. 


My finish time was 4:55 just under my 5 hour goal, by the damn skin on my teeth! I also realized my goal of having a baby and running my first marathon in the same year - not a bad way to close out 2014!!

I couldn't stop crying at the finish line, I have held in the tears for so long and it felt good to get in that celebratory cry.  I could barely limp, my feet were a mess from running in wet shoes. The runners walk to the family reunion area was the longest of my life - I got both my medals {one for the half I trained for last year at 27 weeks pregnant and never got to run!} and some snacks and of course a beer. Then I met up with Oliver and Madison for the longgggggggggggggggggggggg mile hike to find my car killmenow. Next time I'm requesting the stroller be brought, I ain't too proud.


After the longest hour ride of my life home, most of which was spent moaning about my stomach cramping up, I got a nice hot Epsom salt bath and put on my best sweats. It was 3pm and I had been running for 5 hours on a Cliff bar, 5 Advocare Rehydrates, and Skittles. I needed some real food - and by real I mean REAL DAMN GOOD.

As you can see from Madison's outfit I was not in the mood to argue over clothing - just put something on and lets go! I had a burger and onion rings and it was AHHHHHHHHHHMAZING - Oliver just thought it was just ok so obviously I was just hungry. The rest of the day was spent with Aiden on the floor icing and stretching, I skipped the gym today. I'm sore, but it mostly my back and abs and the blisters on my feet. 

Will I do it again? Totally. I learned a lot and I feel like I have room for improvement, but no plans for another 26.2 just yet.

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52 comments :

  1. Congratulations!!! You are such an inspiration!

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  2. You rock!! Not that you inspired me to run :) Just inspired me to keep pushing through. You have more guts than me. That is a lot of miles and I am super proud of you!

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  3. You're awesome. So proud of you.

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  4. Great job on the marathon! I was cheering you on yesterday!! Enjoy the accomplishment and let your body rest. I got super emotional when I completed my second marathon and totally cried too. Such an amazing experience for you!!

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  5. Congratulations!!! You rocked it and thank you for being such an inspiration!!! So proud of you!!! You had me in tears there at the end!!

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  6. So proud of you! I've been reading your blog for over 2 years now (crazy to think about) and you just never cease to impress me with your determination and class (something a lot of fitness-y bloggers seem to lack for some reason). Congratulations!

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  7. You are such an inspiration to me. Seeing that picture of Madison and Oliver at the finish line made me shed some tears. The way you push yourself and work so hard at bettering yourself motivates me to do the same. Just goes to show how far you can go with some hard work and perseverance! Way to go on your FIRST marathon!

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  8. Yep, teared up reading about you digging deep (as my friends and I call it) on the last few miles. Then I laughed at Madison's boots. :) Really, I am proud of you. No one can say you didn't give it your all. Congratulations, marathon completer!!

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  9. Way to go! This is so awesome! You really inspire me to get off my a$$ and thank you for that! Keep up the great work! Your changing lives, not just your own! Congratulations! Well done!

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  10. You are so freaking amazing! I really really wanted to text you when you hit 20 miles but I didn't wana be annoying, I guess you were just sending out vibes!

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  11. I just cried reading this!! You are so amazing! Thank you for being such a great inspiration!! xoxo

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  12. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!! QUITE THE AMAZING JOURNEY! SO INSPIRED!!! WORDS FAIL ME ...

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  13. Way to push through and finish!!! You are such an inspiration!!!

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  14. You. Ran. A. Freaking. MARATHON! You, my friend, indeed rock. Way to go!!!

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  15. that's so awesome! Great job pushing through!

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  16. Way to go! :) It makes me want to start training for one... maybe. You must feel so good about doing it and also to have it DONE!

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  17. Ahhhhh goosebumps and teary eyes! I'm so, so proud of you Meg! You inspire me daily!

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  18. You're amazing!!!! I could cry for you. Truly amazing!

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  19. YOU ARE AWESOME. So freaking proud of you. :)

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  20. Congrats! You should be super proud of your accomplishments this year!

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  21. CONGRATS GIRL! I am SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!! So proud!!!!!

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  22. Wow girl . . . that is an amazing story, and you are indeed a ROCK STAR!!! I love your blog and have been reading for a long time! Thanks for being you and inspiring so many moms out there!!

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  23. So proud of you! Way to get it done! Get some rest!

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  24. You are inspiring and you make me want to train for a 26.2 but I need someone to train with. :( way to go!!!

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  25. Fantastic work, Megan! It has been great following along with you on this journey. I ran my first (and only...so far) 26.2 last fall while 8 weeks pregnant with my now-5-month-old daughter. It is such an amazing experience that you captured so well. No one is making you do it... you are proving to YOURSELF what you are made of. Congrats!!

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  26. I'm happy for you! Your first marathon done, congratulations! Have a blessed day

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  27. I never doubted you would pull it off. You have some amazing inner strength. Check another thing off your bucket list!

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  28. Congratulations!! New Reader and I am so inspired by YOU!! I have to admit, this made me cry. Congratulations again!! :)

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  29. Congrats. As I was reading that your crossed the finish line I started tearing up. Then to ready Twilight Sparkles sign. Keep inspiring.

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  30. Woo hoo! Rock on girl! You are way too cool! :)

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  31. i cried just reading this- i am so happy for you! you have so much to be proud of.

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  32. This is so incredibly awesome!!! Not only did you do what you set out to do, but you did it in the rain and with all that humidity!! Way to go!

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  33. Congrats!!! You are such an inspiration. Enjoy that day off from the gym, you earned it!

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  34. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment.

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  35. YAY! Congratulations! Your post made me tear up. I'm so proud of you!!

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  36. Wow!! What an experience!! Congrats! Way to achieve your goals!

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  37. This is a huge accomplishment and congrats girl Im so proud of you!!!

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  38. WOOHOO!!!!! You are the woman! Good job Meg!! So proud of you (not that I could do this)!! Congrats!!

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  39. Congratulations! That is awesome!

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  40. congrats and way to go!!!! great job on the run and loved reading about it!!!!

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  41. You are AWESOME!!!!
    And thank god I'm not the only one that cries at the finish! Lol!!!
    Great job!

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  42. Congratulations!!! That is so beyond amazing! I know everyone says this, but it truly is an inspiration! I have dreams of one day running a marathon...just gotta convince myself haha

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  43. You are a bad a$$. No joke. I admire you so much. I can't even run a mile and I just hope to one day be this damn good and motivated!!

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  44. You are amazing! You don't even know me but I was crying at the end of this post. I ran my first half in November but have been in a slump since. I want to get back into it and I want to have the courage to run a full.

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