So, I ran my first marathon on Sunday. It was the culmination of many, many months of preparation and training. I officially signed up for and started training for this race back in May, so I’m glad that it’s all over now and I can say that I have now run a full marathon (26.2 miles). And I am even happy with my time; 5 hours and 10 minutes. The marathon was not as soul crushing and hard as I expected, but that’s not to say it was easy. I think the key for me was running the actual race with a buddy. My friend Mike and I ran the race together and provided each other with much needed distracting conversations and encouragement especially in the later miles (20+).
The marathon I ran was part of a larger group of races called The Tri-2B Tuff Challenge.
The Tri-2B Tuff Challenge consists of three distance races in three months. You can either do three half marathons or two half marathons and a full marathon. I did the latter.
The first race was the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon on Oct 2. Mike and I mistakenly believed that race started at 8am so we showed up ready to run at 7:30am. However, when we showed up people were dismantling the starting line. After asking around we discovered that the race actually started at 7am. Undaunted, we backed our butts up to the dismantled starting line, started our watches and ran the race anyway. It took a while, but we wound up catching up with some of the stragglers and finishing the race anyway.
The second race was the Outback Steakhouse Distance Classic Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. We double checked the starting time for that race and showed up early so we started with the official clock. This race was awesome. I enjoyed the course and it was actually fun to run it.
The last race was the Jacksonville Bank Marathon (or you could run the half marathon) on Dec 19 (this past Sunday). Finish those three races and you win the Tri-2B Tough Challenge. I’m glad I did it. Since I was training for the marathon anyway the two half marathons in Oct and Nov kept me from slacking off too much on training.