Everything started out well, like getting my picture taken with perhaps the coolest person ever, Kara Goucher, at the expo.
They said no more pictures right as I came to the front of the line, but when the lady saw my face (shock, terror, totally crushed) she let me be the last to have a picture with Kara. Score!
However, things went from good to ugly quickly as I woke up the next morning to discover the Country Music Marathon had quickly turned into the Country MONSOON Marathon! It rained for over 5 hours straight and there was no way to avoid getting soaked. I was shocked that the people of Nashville, TN still came out in that mess to cheer – I think they deserve medals too.
My race did not exactly go as planned and I was a mix of emotions at the finish, both disappointment and pride. Watch my short recap video to see exactly what happened:
It is ridiculous how a marathon can make you feel such a crazy mix of emotions.
I was so disappointed to have my goal within my reach and then to watch it slip away during the second half even though I wasn’t trying any less.
However, I am in fact proud of myself for finishing because I know I pushed myself the hardest I could. I never walked, never gave up, never thought about quitting.
I am already looking ahead to marathon #3, The Marine Corp Marathon, in hopes of getting closer to that 4:30 goal.
Yet, even though I did not reach my goal I will continue to be proud of my effort and as many of you pointed out on Twitter I took my first very flat Disney marathon and stepped it up a lot.
+ pouring rain + hills + strep throat = 16 min PR
Country Music (Monsoon) Marathon = 4:57:34
I guess that is still a lot to be proud of.
I was so happy to have finished, but in so much pain, so cold, and so wet. Smiling like an idiot, yet cannot even keep my eyes open. Oh marathon you crazy beast!
Thank you again to Mizuno for sponsoring one of the most amazing weekends of my life.
Your support and faith, not only in elite runners, but in average people like me, is inspiring. I cannot wait for my next brilliant marathon run and you can bet my Wave Creations will be there with me.
*I will post more pictures when Rock ‘n Roll puts them up, but wanted to recap everything while it was still fresh in my mind. Check back on Weds for more (probably scary looking) race photos.*