It’s over. 26.2 miles. Wow. I can barely walk and you were with me the whole time. It was funny. I was running and someone said it is nice you are running for all the people’s names on your shirt. That made me feel good for about a second until I went back to being in pain while finishing the run.
Check out the contest at the end of this post.
Thank you so much for all your comments and support. It was quite flattering and overwhelming. I feel like an 80 year old with a Hemorrhoid limping around. Quite Painful.
Things I learned while training for the marathon:
Consistency > Coming out of the gate fast makes you really tired after awhile. Pace yourself, run your own race and you will succeed.
Plan > Because I knew 3 months out what I needed to accomplish, this helped so many other parts of my life. I reduced my alcohol consumption significantly, I watched what I ate and I knew what I had to do to accomplish my goal. Really useful to plan.
Motivation > Have a purpose in what you are doing and let everyone know you are doing it. I wrote it online, I told all my friends and I knew it was something I personally wanted to accomplish at this point in my life. All those things really kept me going when I wanted to quit at mile 21.
Coach > Jenn was great in helping me plan out my schedule from the beginning. Having someone with experience really made a difference. This goes for everything in life.
The End Matters Most > Anybody can start a marathon but can you finish it off. I was really surprised to see people walk the last 1/2 mile of the race. Guess what I was doing? Running my ass off like a crazy man. My mom always says you forget how hard you ran once it is over.
Effort > I have always thought I am not that smart. You knew that;) Anyways, the only difference between me and some people is effort. I did it. Wow, this post feels cocky but it shouldn’t come off that way. I want you to go do it. A marathon, new job, new restaurant, relationship, experience, anything; the difference between talking and doing is huge.
I am still overwhelmed with all the positive responses I got from you guys/girls. Thank you so much!
CONTEST: Guess what my marathon time was and you get the Okdork Team shirt above, unwashed=)
Bonus: The 5 closest people after the winner will get a Community Next T-shirt with a sharpie.