Love love love the song “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes. It is the best running song. It has gotten me through some tough spots in my runs lately. I have 2 weeks left until the marathon and I’m going to need all the pumping up I can get! Here is the video:
I love the part give me scars, give me pain…no scars yet from running but definitely pain!!! I get a lot of weird looks when I tell people I’m running a marathon. I can read that look pretty well now, and I’m pretty sure they are saying why would you want to put yourself through that kind of torture?! I really don’t have a desire to be a marathon runner. I love the half marathon race distance! I just feel like the marathon distance training is so hard on my body. I completed my first marathon just to say I did one, and now I’m running my second because I was not happy with how I performed on my first:)
Right after I finished the marathon I said out loud that I was never doing that again! HA! I was pretty confident I would run the marathon in under 4 hours, and I was close to that, but I walked a lot of the last 6 miles because my legs cramped up. I was to the 20 mile mark at 2:55. It took me 1:16 to finish the last 6.2. That pace was slower than my training runs. It was just not my day to run, but I could not leave it like that. If you are a basketball ball player you have probably heard the phrase, “never leave the court on a missed shot”. Well I couldn’t walk away from that race and leave it like that. I have to finish one STRONG, (stupid pride). So I’m running one in two weeks.
Here are some pics from my first marathon: