My first marathon experience. (about: 2013)|
Sydnee Hogan from Chicago, IL (9/23/13)
My First Marathon Experience:
Miles 1-17..easy breezy, no pain, fun times! The supporters were great, even had a great couple handing out beers to the runners at Mile 7..haha! Yes, people took them.
Miles 18-20..things start to hurt a bit, feet aching, miles start to seem longer, but its manageable. I feel my pace slowing down.
Miles 21-25..I believe this is the true testament to yourself in the marathon. People were getting sick, getting injured left and right, miles seemed like they were endless, your legs are screaming at you to STOP, and all you want to do is QUIT if you do not DIE first. I even tried counting down from 100 to forget about the pain..I only made it to 87. But you keep on trucking..you dont know HOW, but you do. I managed to not walk this entire marathon. How I did that, I will never know. This by far was one of the hardest things I have ever done mentally or physically. It was painful, hard, and mentally exhausting. 'Just one more step, one more step' is all you can try to tell yourself.
Miles 25-26.2..You know the end is near so you sort of have no choice but to finish strong. Strangely enough my ipod shuffled on Inaya Day's 'keep pushin' track. I believe fate put that one for me! No other song could've been better. When I turned the corner and saw the finish line I saw my amazing boyfriend, parents, and friends there to see me and by then all I felt was exhilarated. I actually literally screamed out loud 'THANK GOD!!' HAHA! Its worth every painful high and low, and I will never forget it!! What a journey!!!!