We are marathon finishers and I now understand why someone would put a 26.2 sticker on the back of their car (don’t worry – I wont be putting a sticker on my car unless I get a few more marathons under my belt).
Running a marathon is a joyful, emotional, powerful, humbling and miserable experience. Our finish time was no where near record breaking, but we make it thru and are finishers.
Results: My dad and I finished, holding hands in 5:30:02. If you were to take out our bathroom breaks, our unofficial time is somewhere around 5:10-5:15.
Our goal was first off to finish, and secondly to finish under 5 hours. We met one of our goals and weren’t too far away from the second. It is easy to get defeated if you read this and say that we didn’t meet our 5 hour goal. But damn, run a marathon and give everyone grace who has crossed the finish-line no matter what time it is in.
The Why: We ran to raise money for Project Purple – who’s goal is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. I am very proud to say that thus far, I’ve raise over $3,000.
Emotional Struggle. When training, no one talks about the emotional roller coaster you go on when actually running the race. Yes, there’s the pain – but I’m talking a real life emotional struggle. Breaking down crying out of no where type emotions.
Number of Times I cried: 1) Teared up Crossing the Ambassador bridge, when the sun was rising- super thankful for the experience. 2) Seeing our cheering squad (My Husband and Mom) at mile 12. 3) Mile 17 when Jay was crying 4) Mile 18 when we saw my brother, sister-in-law and nephews 5) Mile 21 when it got so damn hard, we’d ran the furthest we ever had before and I started to really think about Uncle Scott 6) Anytime I thought about taking a Gratitude Mile.
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