This is a fact!
But before we get to mile 26, lets go back to the beginning!
I started the race with the thought that I was going to go for my B plan of 4:30. My A plan is just a dream, but you’ve got to have one of those anyway. It was a cool morning with a very light drizzle as we were waiting for the start of the race. The race started and I was near the 4:30 pace group. We hovered around each other all day, but alas they finished where they were supposed to. I felt strong during the first half of the race. I remember thinking around the half way point how good I was feeling, how much my training had helped me get to this point, and was just having an amazing race.
My pace was good.
My legs felt strong.
I was on fire.
Then as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. My legs still felt strong. It really was never my legs that gave out on the run. As the saying goes, running is a mental sport. By mile 22, I was having a full on conversation with myself about how absolutely stupid running a marathon was. It went something like this:
Who ever started the first marathon was an idiot.
How stupid is it to run these things. I mean really, does it really matter if I run 26.2 miles.
What is the point of this?
Why am I doing this?
I dragged my Mom and sister to come watch me do this! What is wrong with me?
Then I hit another mile and realized that if I would just shut the hell up, that I might actually finish this race. The conversation changed to:
You are this close, you might as well finish this.
You didn’t drag you Mom and sister here for you not to finish.
You can throw up later.
You want that cool medal don’t you?
It’s up to you.
Then my sister met me for the last two miles and ran along side me. Even though that was my slowest mile, it was my best mile as she encouraged me to finish. I didn’t throw up although I thought I might. I didn’t give up, although a big part of me wanted to. Then I hit mile 25 and knew that I could finish it. Then I hit mile 26 and hit my fastest pace of the day 8:23. So there really is more left in the cup when you think it is empty.
My advice to anyone running a marathon in the near future is to make sure that when you hit mile 20, you tell yourself to shut the Hell up. They are right when they say that the Marathon really doesn’t start till mile 20 because that’s when the fun really begins.
So enjoy the ride.
Stay true to yourself.
Never give up and remember
You Got This!