St. George, Utah Marathon
I did it and I loved it! I can't believe I still love running after months and miles and hours spent training. I get it now. I get the love people have for races and training. It's hard, but then it's also easy, and totally doable, but then really hard again. Sore muscles, tender knees, always hungry... it's all worth it.
I was so impressed with St. George. It is a well organized race. A ton of support all along the way and lots of love at the finish. I wanted to kiss the guy on the mouth that said to me at mile 23 "you're doing awesome." He said it while looking straight in my eyes, all calm, while holding a bowl of orange slices.
I am so glad I did it with Egan, Maggie, and Shayna. Even though we didn't run together I was so happy to have the support and understanding of friends. I highly recommend doing a marathon with someone you love. I totally love running alone, but it was huge for me to be able to do long Saturday training runs with someone and then meet at the finish line after 26.2 and feel so happy for each other. Also, Egan kindly forced me to drink diet coke and Maggie gave me an ice massage while I was experiencing a post race crash. It was like ZAP! no energy for like 30 minutes. They were heroes.
The weather couldn't have been better and we all walked away injury free. Shayna's parents fed us so well and were the best hosts for us. I am looking forward to letting my knees heal and getting back to my gym routine. Or maybe trying something new...