On January 18th I ran in my second marathon, and oh my goodness it was such a different experience compared to my first marathon! This time, I felt strong almost the whole time, I truly enjoyed the race, and I finished able to walk normally!
Before I get to the race, let’s talk about the day before the race real quick. I went to the expo with Ryan, my parents, and my BIL and SIL, Brandon and Brigette.
We obviously had a blast.
I also loved this wall that all of the runners could run and write why they ran.
I wrote that I ran to keep my sanity. You runners out there understand!
I wish I would have taken pictures of my food the day before the race, but my mind was way too busy thinking about the race I guess. But in case you are wondering what I ate Saturday, I had eggs, quinoa, salsa, avocado and a banana for breakfast. For lunch I ate a wrap with some fruit, and for dinner I had baked salmon, some salad, and a sweet potato. (I brought my dinner with me and kept it in the cooler in the hotel and then just heated it up in the hotel.)
Now let’s get to the good part, race day!
I got up about 5:00 am, and I was ready to run! I had two scrambled eggs and some strawberries for breakfast, and then about an hour and fifteen minutes before I ran I had a banana with some peanut butter. I brought an electric skillet and my sweet mom cooked my eggs for me in the hotel room.
I find no shame in bringing my own food to the hotel for race day! Again, I was way too busy thinking about other things to think about snapping pictures of my food!
About 6:15 we met up with my aunt, cousins, and two of their friends who were also running the race.
Here was our group of runners!
And here is our whole group, runners and cheerleaders!
Now, going into this race my goal was to finish under 4 hours. I was pretty nervous because after a knee injury, I missed almost a whole month of training. But I trained much different for this marathon than I did for my last, and I honestly felt really prepared. I felt like I could finish in my goal time, but I was also so nervous that I would start having problems like I did in my first marathon. One of the biggest mistakes I made the first time was starting out too fast, so I made sure to stay at a 9:00 minute mile pace.
I started the race probably about 7:00, and it was such an awesome atmosphere! There were like 40,000 runners there, so there was always someone cheering you on and making you feel like a million bucks!
I finished the first 13.1 miles in about 1 hour and 58 minutes, so I knew I was on track. I felt great, and I was honestly enjoying myself. I saw my family for the first time at mile 15, and it was so nice and encouraging to see them! I got to about mile 17 or 18, and since I was feeling so good, I picked up my pace a bit. I was feeling strong, and then I saw my family again at mile 19, and that was just what I needed to get me through those next 7.2 miles!
Around mile 22 or 23 the outside of my knee started hurting a little bit, and I didn’t want it to get worse, so I slowed down a bit, knowing I could slow down and still finish in my goal of under 4 hours.
And I did finish under 4 hours! 3 hours and 56 minutes!!! I was ecstatic when I finished!!!
I didn’t get to see my family immediately when I finished because all runners go inside this warehouse where you can get food and change, and then you can meet up with your family at the meet up area. Ryan sent me this picture right after I finished, which was really cool to get!
Considering the fact that there were 40,000 runners in this race I was really happy with my results!
I ate a banana, drank some water, and did lots of stretching before meeting up with my family.
I have the best, most supportive husband EVER!!
Also, I have the most awesome parents ever, and I’m beyond thankful that they still travel to watch and support me.
Love that my sweet cousin, Mellody, was there as well cheering on me, her mom, and her sister.
And I can’t leave out my precious baby!! Love my Bauer!
I love our family!
I have already received an email and seen the race photos, and there are some really good ones! I will have to order a few and share them once I get them.
Right now I honestly already want to run another marathon, but I want and need to focus on shorter races (some 5ks ad 10ks), and really focus on getting faster. I would like to do a half marathon maybe this summer or early fall, and then see when I will do another full marathon. I have really loved to learn the full marathon, and I think it’s because it grows me so much physically, mentally, and spiritually. 26.2 miles is a long time to run, and I spend a lot of that time reminding myself of how strong God created our bodies to be. I also constantly remind myself to be humble, and remember that I run for the Lord’s glory, not for my own. I love that when my body is so tired, I have no choice but to just cry out to the Lord and ask Him to give me strength and carry my body to the finish. The verse that was in my head during this race was Romans 5:3-4 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope.”
I challenge you all to try something you think you can’t do, and then train for that and accomplish that task. You can really surprise yourself, and it’s always a good reminder that God created us to have powerful, strong bodies.
Oh and I almost forgot this gift that Ryan surprised me with!
How cute is this shoe charm?? I am still so in love with it, and when I am running and look down at my feet it makes me think of my sweet husband, which always makes me smile.
And on a totally different note, here is a picture of my dinner from last night.
You can never go wrong with chicken, avocado, salsa, sweet potato, and a salad.
Now, I have been thinking about my blog for a while now, which I know seems weird since I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I have come up with a plan and an idea. Come back Wednesday to hear about my plan and hear about the change I plan on doing with this blog. I am pretty excited about it, and I hope you like what I will be doing as much as me!
Happy Monday and I hope you all have a great week!
1. How was your weekend?
2. Do you have any races coming up soon?
3. Best workout you did last week?
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