2014 SF marathon

Marathon Day July 27. 2014

  • Race day schedule:

Friday: Picked up a marathon bid. No running. Walked 5 miles.

Saturday: No running. Rested. Ate lots of carbs and drank water.

Sunday: I woke up at 4am and had one banana at 4:30am. Since I had already had two pastas for lunch and dinner a day before, I didn’t have room for breakfast.

4:45 am: Left home and took an Uber to the starting line.

5:36 am: Race started.

10:16 am: Finished the race. Had a giant post-race lunch. Did some stretching.

11:00 am: Ice bath & nap.

  • Thoughts:

I have started running marathons since 2012. I have ran 5 half marathons and 2 full marathons. I still remember how afraid I was when I was about to start running my first official half marathon. I had a small panic attack 10 minutes before the race started. Now, in 2014, I didn’t feel any pressure, and I enjoyed the whole process: training, dieting and running.

I realized that running marathons became a huge part in my life. I learned how to deal with fears. Last summer, when I signed up for my first full marathon, I had no idea if I could finish it. Until then, I had never run more than 13.1 miles so I was skeptical whether my body could handle the stress of running over 20 miles. I was not practicing with a group, I had no coach and no running buddies. I didn’t read marathon related books to educate myself. On the marathon day, I literally powered through the race. I managed to finish the race under 5 hours [4:50mins] but I was dying at about mile 18. However, that experience was my turning point. I learned that I could do things if I set my mind to it. I learned that it is OK to take risks even though you feel like you are setting yourself up for failure.

This year, I enjoyed everything. I joined SFRRC (San Francisco Road Runner Club) and trained with a group of runners every Saturday. I ate healthy and quit drinking. I went to bed early so I could go running early in the morning.

Looking back, I signed up for a full marathon with the hopes that It would motivate me to be disciplined and healthy. However, I didn’t feel like I was up for the challenge. Now, I realized that signing up for the full marathon was the best thing I ever did in my entire life.

It is not really about what happens at the end of the race, it is about having the courage to show up and to start.

photo (8)Finished!

photo (9)Cheer squad at about mile 8 @After Crossing Golden Gate Bridge

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