More Marathon Tidbits & the giveaway winner!!

Thank you SO much to everyone for all of your cheers and congrats on my very first marathon!!  I’m still on a high from it.
I feel like there are some things I left out…and I really cant think of everything I’ve missed at once (I’ve had a couple of beers).  But here are some random thoughts since:
  • “Suzi, when is your next marathon”….um, right now?? No time soon.  I’m not saying never.  I’m not even going to say that I haven’t been bitten by the “bug”…but I need to get back to why I love to run in the first place.  I was lucky enough to have such an amazing experience…I don’t want to mess with that anytime soon.
  • “Suzi, how do you feel now?? You must be hurting after not doing this “properly”….first off, enough with saying "properly"!! What is PROPER??  OK, so I didn’t follow a “training plan” but its not like I stopped running all together!!  I’m sorry…did those two half marathons I did over the spring/summer happen in my head??  Did the 3-5 times a week I went out and ran 3-10 miles (depending) happen in my head??  No, they did not.  Sure, I don’t ADVISE going from 13.1 to 26.2 for MOST…but it worked and I knew it would work.  For me, it was the right thing THIS time around.  And for how I feel…I feel pretty great.  Minus some pain on the top of my right foot.  I actually ran 3 miles this past Saturday (less than a week since the marathon!) which probably wasn’t a great idea.  Needless to say I am resting now and taking care of the foot to hopefully prevent any big issue.
  • That last 1/2 mile….I BOOKED it!! I looked down at my Garmin at one point and I was running back at a 7:50 pace.  I FINISHED STRONG!!!!  I couldn’t believe my legs had life in them to move that fast again.  It felt AMAZING.
  • “How did you NOT hit a wall?!”…I still don’t know the answer to this one. This is my one greatest achievement.  You can’t predict “the wall”…the first time I ever really hit one was at the Buffalo Half Marathon.  But…it never really happened here.  Anytime my mind started to get the best of me I would just shake them away and think about that finish line…think about that medal…think about that goal that I told myself I would accomplish.
My official marathon photos can be viewed here...the first few (minus the very first photo...thats not me) and the last few are towards the end of the race...the ones with me & my PBJ are around the middle (the tougher part LOL). 
    BUT…enough about that….now onto the CEP Compression Shorts giveaway!! Thank you to all who entered.  I really wish I could give a pair to each of you who entered.  But the lucky winner is…..
    Capture said...I "liked" CEP Compression on Facebook because they are awesome and obviously make your ass look amazing - more on that in a moment...
    Congratulations!!!!!  Please email me your email address so I can forward it to the appropriate people. Smile

    To my readers who have ran a marathon…do you ever find you feel like a different “runner” afterwards??  If so, how??


    1. Just came across your blog and you are SO inspirational. I love reading posts on first marathons! I just ran ym first 1/2 marathon this past Sunday and I am running my FIRST marathon next April! You did amazing vvery few people can call themselves marathoners and you are one of them!!!

    2. There's definitely something different after the first marathon, but it's hard to explain. There's the high that seems to last so long, but there's also an element of sadness. Signing up for another races always seems to help.


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