Back when I started to train for my marathon, I was excited that so many blogs I follow were also competing in Fall marathons. We shared our training whoas and triumphs and it was like I had 20 or so virtual training buddies. Some of them were training for their first, others their 3rd or 4th or 5th+.
Being a newbie, both types of blogs appealed to me. The other first timers validated how I was feeling and picked me up when I was down. The "pros", those silly enough to run the marathon over and over again... gave me hope that I too, would fall in loving with pushing my body to the extreme endurance.
Some of the blogs I followed were not able to finish their marathon due to injury. It literally BROKE MY HEART to read that they had stress fractures or real fractures and in one case.... multiple ones. I cried with them, secretly grateful that I would have the opportunity to race. Some of the racers finished the marathon, but did not reach their goal. Most of their race reports were still upbeat, but ended with the inevitable unclaimed goals paragraph. Some finished, but were in SO MUCH PAIN, they doubted they would EVER race a marathon again.
Here in the blog world, we vent and complain... and up until this point, I enjoyed it. After all, I am a HUGE complainer and venter (like I spent 3.5 hours in the salon for what I thought was going to be a simple hair cut and walked out "transformed", only to not have a single person in my house notice - ugh).
But now that I am feeling lazing about today being Day 1 of a 3 day REST period before my marathon, I WANT TO READ SOME GOOD NEWS!
PLEASE, share with me your positive experiences from your marathons. I like that some of you have actually run MCM, so you have given me great advice... (and before one more comment on my Boo post - I am NOT trying to PR in the last 3 miles of my marathon... I was just thinking out loud).
Remember, my goals are:
1. Cross the finish line with a smile (hands in the air)
2. Cross the finish line without injury
3. Have fun and ENJOY the last mile
4. Get Christy (I know this one is killing you... but in good time, my friends)
So if you are up to it, please share your positive experiences from your marathon or even your "lessons learned". And again, THANK YOU for your support - This picture is my marathon outfit... so if you plan to cheer at the MCM... and can spot me out of 30,000 runners, say, Hi!