My goal was to complete the OKC Memorial Marathon and I did it! Let me start by saying that it wasn't easy! The training is long and demanding and at times super boaring. However, the day you line up at the starting line for the marathon with 25,000 of your closest friends, it's all worth it.
I started out the day a little bummed because I was unable to find my friends at the starting line. That's a long way to run with no one to talk to, eventhough runners are some of the nicest people on earth. I did eventually run into my friends along the route and then I approached my first near breakdown moment (running makes me emotional!). At about mile 7, when the half marathoners divide off from those doing the full, I was really sad that my friends were leaving. It was like they were going the fun route and I was off to a land all alone. It's a totally different feel when you turn off from the half. My other near breakdown was at about mile 12. I was running by a water stop by a church on Britton Rd and the group there started singing, "Jesus loves me!" I don't know why but I wanted to ball! That song encouraged me the rest of the day as I continued to sing it when I was beat down. Most people who run marathons say it's mile 20 where they melt down. I think I heard this so many times that I was prepared...I was ready to be done and mile 19 and 20 were my fastest miles. Honestly, I completed the race because I was encouraged by my family and friends. Everytime I saw one of them on the route they gave me a hug and a smile. They didn't care that I was sweaty and stinky! I have to tell you that those hugs and smiles carry you a long way!
And for those of you who ran the marathon, I leave you with this!