It’s been enough time since my marathon so that I can objectively look back on the experience.
Here’s what I learned:
The marathon is more than a race.
It’s a complete experience. From the training runs to the expo to the race itself to the recovery.
I have so glad that I had friends to share it all.
I am so happy that I chose to run NYC as my first ’cause I believe that there is no other like it.
The mind controls the legs.
I was so afraid during the second half of the race that I was injured that I could barely run. My back…my quad, my ankle. I’ll never run again, I thought.
But yet I was not injured. I felt fine the next day.
I’m not diappointed in my finish time…but geez.. if only I didn’t listen to my brain.
Everyone prepares and recovers differently.
I was worried that I didn’t do longer runs mid-week. They were on the plan but my job got in the way of the plan and so I kept them all short.
Many runners recommended that I rest after the race. One even said that she took a month off from running after her first marathon.
But my legs felt great. So I ran a 15k a week after.
Just follow your gut asnd do what works for you.
It’s worth the pain.
Yes, it hurt….it hurt a lot.
For a millisecond I considered running NYCM 2020.
It’s not because I think the marathon was responsible for my foot pain.
But because I feel so fortunate to have have run 6 halfs and a full without any foot pain.
What if it happened during my marathon training or even worse during the race?
Not worth the chance…