Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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In general I'm a pretty smart person. I'm also overly cautious and a bit of a worrier. It seems these traits extend to all areas of my life except for running. When it comes to that activity I like to throw myself at it without much thought or training but armed with lots of enthusiasm. While that method worked for me twice earlier this year, you would think I would know better than try to run a marathon, 26.2 miles, without completing a training program. You would be wrong.

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Sunday morning I dragged myself out of bed at 4am and headed to Union Square to join 25,000 other people to run a shit ton. I looked surprisingly happy even though it was still dark and I was about to act on one of the stupidest decisions I have ever made.

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It all started back in March when I decide after running a couple of half marathons that I was ready to go all the way. 13.1 miles seemed too easy! I was ready for marathon glory! With that I joined a running group and I stuck with it for a few months. Then four months before my scheduled marathon I dropped out of my marathon training group for a variety of reasons ranging from medical to I just didn't like it. I continued to run but definitely nothing close to the plan I was assigned and not with any kind of regularity. I lived in a bit of denial about the impending marathon and just ran whatever distance I felt like. As September came to a close I decided "eh, what the hell, let's do this marathon!"

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I won't lie, this experience was equal parts amazing and awful. I felt great for about 18 miles, despite hills, misty rain, and a stranger running up and kicking me in the shin. I felt like death when I hit mile 19 and around mile 21 I actually sat down on the curb. But it all was fine again at mile 23, when I figured out that running actually felt better than walking.

When I sat down on the curb I really thought I would sit there and figure out how to direct Whitney to me so I could hop in her car and go home. I had given up. But then I took out my phone and checked my text messages and @ replies on Twitter and I was overwhelmed. The outpouring of support from everyone was so much that all of a sudden I knew I couldn't stop. It sounds so stupid but the internet believed in me and knew I could finish so I picked myself up and started moving again. Who am I to disappoint the internet?

My goal time was 6 hours which is ridiculously slow but realistic for my lack of training. I finished in 5:54:36

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Thank you internet. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me across that finish line. I couldn't have done it without you. Everyone can have a turn wearing the finisher necklace as a thank you, that seems fair as I wouldn't have it without y'all.

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17 comments:

  1. You are amazing! Such an inspiration. Congratulations!

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  2. Someone ran up to you and kicked you in the shin? San Francisco is a dangerous place!

    Congrats on finishing. I hope to run a marathon someday and your posts are so inspiring.

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  3. I'm so proud of you - congratulations!! I hope you saw your replies on Instagram too - because I was rooting for you from home. You're amazing!

    I'm sorry you got kicked in the shin, but proud of you that you kicked some ass.

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  4. I'm so proud of you! You're a rock star! I wish I had known you had your phone, I would have been texting you all day!

    CONGRATS! You should wear that medal proudly!

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  5. I'm so proud of you! And I'm so glad I got to meet you at the finish line! Yay Regan! I knew you could do it!

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  6. Oh, YAY! I am so proud of you. SO SO SO PROUD.

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  7. nice job! and as a fellow just-under-6 hour marathoner, let me say i think we're more hardcore than those wusses that finish in 4 hours. we're out there longer, man! heh.

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  8. This is pretty cool - way to do it gangsta style!

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  9. I'm so impressed!! Way to go! I just ran my first 5K and it nearly killed me. Yeah, you can laugh. My goal of 'not stopping' quickly turned into 'just don't puke' after the first hill. You are so hardcore - I'll probably never get to a full marathon. :)

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  10. You are crazy, but awesome. Wanna sign up for the DC half? Because I really want a Tiffany finisher's medal-shallow, yes, and I don't care!

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  11. You are such an inspiration, Regan. Huge high fives to you!

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  12. I still can't believe you did that. I am freaked out about the 3M half. In three months. FREAKED OUT, I SAY.

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  13. I'm back to comment again! I'm just so freakin' impressed! Really, I'm totally inspired! I mean, ****26.2 miles****??? I can't even imagine running for 6 straight hours. Wow!

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