March 5, 2007
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.
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.