I had a hard time processing all that happened during the marathon. After I finished, I discussed it with close friends and family but for a while, I didn’t want to relive it.
A week after the race, I began to reflect on what went well and what went wrong.
Initially, I had a hard time being happy for the finish because I didn’t meet my goal time.
The race was going well in the beginning. I started off slow to save energy for the last few miles of the race.
I felt great until mile 15 when my right quadricep started cramping. It became painful to run so I slowed down my pace and did walk/run intervals to minimize the pain.
Luckily my dad was at mile 15 with coconut water and muscle relaxers. I took ibuprofen and salt pills to help ease the discomfort.
From mile 16 to mile 22, I pushed hard because I wanted to beat my previous time.
I was fortunate to run with a legacy runner the last few miles. He reminded me that I needed to breathe and keep my form straight until I finished.
At mile 23, the pain eased up and I was able run faster.
At mile 25, my mom and aunt were there to cheer me on. I stopped and gave them a hug before I kept going.
Something came over me at the last mile and I ran as fast as I could to the finish line.
I was so happy to have finished. Though I didn’t meet the goal I set out for, I finished 30 minutes faster than last year. I had a great time running the marathon despite the cramping.
During the run, I remembered all my hard work during training and all that I overcame to make it to the start line.
The victory is not in the actual finish but all that I overcame to get there. After taking some time off to reflect, I realized how far I’ve come.
I know that I have a lot of work to do but with determination and dedication, I know I’ll get there.
I’m grateful for the training process.
I had the honor of being a pacer with BlacklistLA and helping runners get to the finish line.
Being able to help others reach their goals changed me.
It wasn’t about me anymore but making sure that others succeeded.
I’m looking forward to continuing to help others and pushing myself to be better.
Thank you for joining me on my third marathon journey.
I hope it has inspired and motivated you to keep pushing despite all obstacles. Stay tuned for my next few half marathons and full marathon coming up this year.