Sunday October 21st, I completed the same 26.2 mile journey Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver the news of a military victory against the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. I can relate how he dropped dead delivering the news. A marathon is no joke. The morning was absolutely perfect temperature without wind with the sunrise lighting up the mountains of Ojai, CA. I cruised through the first half without stopping, running a 9:18 minute mile pace. It felt fantastic. The pain started to kick in around mile 15. I started to walk a bit to catch a breather. Then, shooting lower back pain and the intense desire to sit down. I felt I needed to lie down immediately after the back pain. After that, brutal pain in my left knee. I’ve never felt anyting like this before. I shuffled, walked, shuffled until about mile 25. It was quite painful to walk the remainder of the race. On the last mile, I had a second wind and was able to run to finish up the race. It took me 5 hours and 30 minutes to complete it. Here are a few takeaways:

  1. I have a newfound respect for Marathon finishers and an even higher respect for ultra runners.
  2. It takes a long, long time to prepare for a marathon and beyond.
  3. For now I’m definitely in the “One and done” category but this could potentially change.
  4. My favorite distance is the half marathon and I will focus on this distance for future runs.
  5. I can cross this off my bucket list
  6. Endurance events draw very interesting and cool people.
  7. I’m proud of myself as I’m in a category that less than 1% of Americans fall into.
  8. Definitely more of a fan of trail races for the future and bike rides.
Written on October 24, 2018