This past weekend I accomplished one of my goals! Running a Marathon. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m so happy I was able to achieve this goal that has been a long time coming. My mother and my sister came with me to Philadelphia and we made a weekend out of it.
The race expo the day before was amazing. It was full of vendors selling. Sneakers, gels, clothing and loads of other amazing runner swag! I also got an awesome new foam roller that has been my very best friend lately. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, if you don’t foam roll you need to start! It seriously helps in your recovery process from running to lifting.
Race morning went off without a hitch, I was up hydrated and ate on the way to the race. My pre-marathon breakfast was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter a small coffee and half a liter of water mixed with half a bottle of Gatorade. Complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, and electrolytes!
The race started at 7am but I didn’t cross the start until 7:40am. The first part of the race was awesome I felt great full of energy conquered two big a** hills I mean huge!!! Between miles 15-21 I started thinking. “Why am I doing this? I paid money to do this?! I’m crazy?!” But once I hit mile 23, I felt like oh my God I’m almost done, I’ve done this. I walked some of the race because my right glute was throbbing but I didn’t stop moving. And my phone died at mile 11! I have run 22 miles and still had battery left. This one day my phone decided to shut off at 60%. So this race was a serious test of my will, because I always run with music. But I sucked it up and conquered my goal. I’ve never felt more energized and like I can truly accomplish anything even beyond running.
After the race my mom sister and I went to Cheesecake Factory and I enjoyed every bite of the 3 apps we split and my entree! This personal achievement means so much to me. I’m now thinking what’s next. This year is coming to a close and I’m thinking about next years goals and achievements that I want to set not only with my training but in my personal and professional life as well.
What are your goals. Is there something you want to do that’s scaring you? What’s holding you back and what do you need to change in order for you to get it done?
I think something on the bucket list for next year is a Ragnar Race! Which is a tag team race of about 200 miles. Who’s down to join!
My sister who is a fashion and lifestyle blogger did a vlog of our weekend. Check it out if you want to see some of the weekend the expo and where we stayed.
Have an amazing rest of your week and beginning of your December