I made it to the start and finish line of my first, my dream marathon. What an experience! What a rush! Even my husband and children joined in on what is one of the biggest marathons of all marathons. Above, my husband sharing a beer with a marathoner at mile 21. A runner asked him for a beer because of the carbohydrates.... so, he thought if one runner wanted some, maybe more runners would like a carb boost. About 20 runners stopped and had beers with him! Maybe Corona will endorse me next time?
Finally, I could let go of that breath that I was holding most of the year. I finished my first ever marathon. I struggled with running in 2011. And, despite finishing a half marathon in May and a full marathon in November, I felt... like crap. I started the year hurt and that hurt never really disappeared. It nagged me throughout training. My weight crept up on me. Time to learn and grow from my experience. Now with two years of running under my belt, I could compare what worked and what didn't. I vowed not to make the same mistakes again, and, I haven't!