So overall my first marathon experience was great. I finished in 5 hours and 30 minutes. On one hand I am disappointed that I did not make my goal time of 5 hours but on the other hand I don't give a shit because I ran the entire thing without stopping. The weather was absolutely perfect and I felt great the entire run.
The last 10K was running underneath an elevated highway bridge so I am sure you can imagine the fun in that.
The last 5K was pretty tough as my legs and feet were starting to feel really tired and most of the people around me were walking at that point (some even talking on the phone!) but it felt good to power along past them to get to the finish. I have to admit I got a tear in my eye as I crossed the finish line as I was pretty proud to have completed the race and was able to run the entire thing.
Recovery has been interesting, by about 9pm that night I was in agony with my ankles and knees aching really bad but I woke up in the morning and that had gone away and I didn't feel too bad.
Of course the soreness in my quads progressively got worse throughout the day yesterday. Now on recovery day 2 my quads are even more sore, I plan to get a massage this evening.
I do think I will run a marathon again since I need to improve on that time, but definitely one that has a more exciting course.
Thanks so much for all your support and coaching (as well as the GU!) it all helped me so much! Maybe the next one we can do together!! :)
I think she is hooked! Miranda is a great inspiration for getting out there and getting it done and Yes we will run a marathon together.