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The Marathon

"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible." - John Hanc, running writer


Sunday I ran a marathon. My first. It took 5 hours. I hoped to be under that, but nature called around mile 14 and slowed me. I ran most of it, walking maybe a mile, in pieces over the course.

I ran the Mohawk Hudson River marathon, which mostly covers bike paths near the Mohawk and Hudson rivers from Schenectady, New York, to Albany. This time of the year, it's gorgeous, with the trees in full autumn color.

My friend Drew ran with me the whole way (this was his 5th time doing this course and his 8th marathon overall - he runs some races that are even longer). rosepurr and family provided support and water at miles 14, 20, and the finish.

The ending was rough, only because it seemed so long. Geometry seemed to I was so tired, and I just wanted to be done. I sprinted at the end only because I could actually see the finish line and knew when I crossed it I could stop.

I had my doubts going into this thing. The training consumed so much time. And, even with it, the most I did beforehand was 20 miles (and that a combination of running and walking). Could I really do it? Would I ever want to run again afterward?

But I did it. Most of it smiling, most of it running. And it was awesome.

I ran 3 miles this morning. I'm already thinking about the next one.

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tazoberry
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Good for you for getting through that, Jim!! I mean, seriously.
thndrstd
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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