A few days ago, after syncing my ipod with Nike+, a video from marathoner Paula Radcliff popped up welcoming me to the 0.1 % of the population who has completed a marathon. It was a very nice reminder about a goal I’ve had for close to 20 years.
After over 19 years thinking about it, about 16 weeks training for it and a whole lotta hours running it – it’s done.
You only have one first marathon, so before the experience fades from memory, I decided to record how it went down.
I’m Ready! – Saturday, March 3rd ~ 3 pm
I arrived in New Orleans with my family. We checked into the hotel and while hubby took the kids to the Riverwalk for a meal and the aquarium, I hit the expo. Got my gear, visited several of the vendors and I registered for another Rock N Roll event (Chicago in July). The highlight of the expo was meeting in person several runners known via online groups or their blogs.
|Pictured CW from upper left: Pamela from Black Girls Run! Baton Rouge; Brandon from Run Louisiana – http://claimyourjourney.com/ ; Renee from http://www.reneejross.net/ ; and part of the crew from the National Black Marathoners Association – http://www.blackmarathoners.org/|
I’m Pumped! – Saturday, March 3rd 7 pm.
Had my carb load supper and a lot of laughs at the Black Girls Run! Meet N Greet at Cheesecake Factory. ?
~ 9 pm – Arrived back at the hotel, super hyped and chattering a mile a minute to my husband about the happenings at the Meet N Greet. Tried on my outfit and laid out supplies for the race.
Come on morning! I’m ready to get this thing started!
I’m Pooped! – Sunday 5:15 am
I tossed and turned most of the night. Between nerves and a half dozen trips to the bathroom, (been hydrating all week), it was a long semi sleepless night.
I’m Pumped Again! – Sunday 5:45 – 7:00 am