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