Exercise! - I ran my first full marathon today!

11-14-2011, 04:47 AM
Hi everyone,

Well, today I ran my first ever 26.2 miles. My time was 4:13:26. Much better than I expected. It was very windy here this morning, and humid. The good part was that the course was mainly flat. I was still able to walk and talk afterward, and I even push mowed the lawn this afternoon.

I remember reading success stories here about people who had run marathons and feeling incredibly envious, as that has always been a bucket list item for me. At 240 lbs. however, it was too overwhelming to get started. Now, with over 100 lbs. gone (for good), I can add my name to the list of people who have successfully followed a training plan and completed a marathon.

Today was an excellent day!!:carrot:

11-14-2011, 05:05 AM
Congratulations!!! What a great accomplishment, and a really good time too!

11-14-2011, 06:32 AM
Congratulations! I have just started training for one, that is an awesome time!

11-14-2011, 07:05 AM
Wow! Congratulations for reaching such an amazing goal.

11-14-2011, 07:11 AM
WOW!!! Congratulations!

And holy canoli, you went and mowed the LAWN afterwards? You rock :)

11-14-2011, 08:09 AM

Tell us the details! Did you ever feel like you wanted to give up or like you simply could not take another step? What did you eat beforehand? Did you have any pain during or after? Were you allowed to listen to music?

Was it sunny?Was it cold?

I know I sound obnoxious, but I'd really like to know the specifics if you have time! I haven't yet ran a full marathon. I'm not sure if I want to.

11-14-2011, 12:40 PM
Wow, that is incredible!! Great job!! :)

11-14-2011, 12:53 PM
WOOHOO...This is soooo inspiring!!!! Please give us details...

11-14-2011, 12:58 PM
how awesome is that? a marathon is on my bucket list too.

Aunty Jam
11-14-2011, 01:00 PM
Way to go! :D

I'm hoping to run a half marathon next summer... scary!

11-14-2011, 01:15 PM
Congratulations ...:carrot::carrot::carrot: ... Inspiring ....

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11-14-2011, 02:09 PM
Wow congrats! What an accomplishment. :)

11-14-2011, 03:14 PM
wow! thats great!

11-14-2011, 06:43 PM
That is really awesome!!!! Yes, please share your thoughts and feelings while you were doing it!!
How did you train for it? How long have you been running?

11-14-2011, 07:17 PM
That's terrific... really terrific! I'm a healthy weight, but it doesn't even seem imaginable to me to put that on my bucket list. Congratulations to you!!! :carrot:

11-14-2011, 11:23 PM
Well, let's see. I have been running since August, 2010. At that time, I started the c25k program and ran a 5k after completing it. I ran the 5k on Nov. 13th, 2010. A little hometown 5k with about 100 people. I didn't have a great finishing time, but I ran the entire distance. Right then and there, I was totally consumed by running. The feeling I get from running is not anything that I've felt before.

So, I started planning to run a half marathon. I ran my first half in March, 2011. I think my time was somewhere around 2:15. Since that time I have run 10 half marathons. I started training to run the full distance on August 1st of this year, as part of an 18 week training program. I was going to run my first marathon on Dec. 4th, but I signed up for this one on a whim, with a friend.

It has been unseasonably warm here for about the past 2 weeks. It wasn't any different yesterday for the marathon. It was about 65 starting out and ended the day at 82. It was humid and VERY windy. The wind pushed against me for the entire first half, but helped me through the last half as it pushed on my back.

I never hit the wall, I guess I never really have. I did feel very tired, and the worst part was pushing past the voice that kept telling me to just walk for a while. There were terrific water stations, because the marathon had a contest for $1000 for whoever had the best station. There were 10 of them in total, so I never got thirsty. The gu's and shot bloks, etc., upset my stomach, I've been told primarily b/c of the vitamins they contain. So, I carry oreo cookies on really long runs. They work great and don't make me sick. I looked back at my weight from a year ago and I weighed 177.8 on Nov. 13th of 2010. This year, 131.8. A difference of 46 lbs. Don't ever give up and always look for the bigger picture. I can eat more and enjoy life more due to exercise.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of my weightloss and goals. I greatly appreciate it.

11-14-2011, 11:26 PM
Congratulations...what an accomplishment!!!

11-14-2011, 11:45 PM