I have decided to make this race report a list of things that went through my head, and lessons learned, while running my first marathon. Here goes...
- Stay near the back of my corral. Don't start too fast, and we're off.
- Okay... first mile was good. Slow down a little, we got a ways to go.
- Penn's Landing is nice from this point of view.
- GU goes down better if you hold it in your hand for a mile or two first.
- Why is that guy wearing a Wonder Woman cape?
- Someone just yelled my name... oh yeah, it's on my bib.
- South Street is cool. Why didn't I hang out here more?
- The body thinks that it is weak. The mind has to prove otherwise.
- Just keep moving forward.
- Counting steps along the dashed center lines helps your running.
- Running skirts are sexy... wait... that's a dude!
- 1..2..3..4.. 1..2..3..4.. 1..2..3..4..
- My knee is really hurting... you can walk at the next water stop.
- Keep moving forward.
- That's the 5:00 pace group pulling away from me... crap.
- It is okay to be passed by a 50 year old woman, as long as it's her birthday.
- Who defines "fast flat course"... there seems to be a lot of hills.
- I should have brought Motrin.
- My knee is going to explode... keep moving, you can walk at the turnaround.
- How can anyone drink beer while running?
- Don't ask for a ride... just keep moving forward.
- It is not cool being passed by an 80 year old, but still inspirational.
- People yelling your name when cheering is awesome... even if you do not know them.
- This is sure different than the Philadelphia Distance Run.
- The finish is almost there....
runhobble until the end.
The marathon beat the hell out of me. It was worse than I expected. If my knee did not give up I could have run a much better marathon.
But you know what? I finished! Next year I am coming back with a vengeance.