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I did my first marathon!

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 22:24

2011_adelaide_marathon.jpgLast Sunday I did my first marathon - woo hoo!  What an amazing experience!  It was incredible - especially since I didn't do any extra training for it.

Running a marathon is one of those things that many of us have on our bucket list.

2011_adelaide_marathon.jpgThis is a photo of me at the end of the marathon - not looking too bad after 42.2 kilometres.

Over the last couple of years or so, I have been really enjoying my physicality.  From learning how to hoola hoop, absolutely falling in love with Nia Dance, remembering how much I love running, getting tennis lessons and falling in love with tennis.  It has been so much fun and it feels great to learn something new.

Then this year, I ramped it up to a whole new level.  I re-discovered how much I love doing classes.  I stopped teaching classes years ago and got involved in yoga.  I didn't go to classes as I liked to do my own thing and often found them too easy and felt like I was wasting my time, when I could just put on my runners and go for a run instead.

But then I discovered Christine's classes at the gym.  Christine is absolutely amazing!  Her classes are so intense.  She has a cult following and the energy in her classes is absolutely crazy.  I also started doing personal training sessions with Christine.  She is a fabulous personal trainer.  The intensity is, well, intense.  I have always been pretty fit but this is a whole other level.

About 10 years ago, before babies, I was training for a marathon and followed a training plan.  But after a while I was doing 30 km runs every weekend - to be frank, I got a bit bored of it and I started getting this weird hip thing happening.  And this is from a person who describes herself as strong as an ox and never gets injuries.  So I decided that I wouldn't do the marathon as it wasn't worth injuring my body just so I could say that I had done a marathon.

A few months ago I was chatting to my tennis coach, Atooshi.  He is in his fifties and in great shape.  He was telling me about how he had done a marathon last year and had almost beaten his PB.  He got me thinking.

Then I found a great book called Born to Run, which talks about barefoot running and the Tarahumara Indians and how they go for 100 km runs, just for fun, in sandals.  I tried barefoot running and fell in love, yet again.  And I got to thinking even more.  Why not do a marathon?  I felt like I was in great shape.  In fact, at 43, I am fitter, leaner and stronger than I have ever been.

But I didn't want to train for the marathon like I did the first time.  So I didn't.  I just kept doing my usual 6 km runs, Christine's classes, the personal training sessions with Christine and my usual Sunday swim.  I was doing a fair bit of training anyway as I had decided that I would start teaching classes again and I wanted to start up my own personal training business.

So, last Saturday i was nervous and excited.  Was I crazy?  I had not done any big runs.  But I knew I could train at a high intensity for a couple of hours, for fun.  And a marathon was just double that, right?

I was running a bit late on Sunday morning.  My darling sister, Suzi, had decided to be my support person and picked me up at 6.15 am (an incredible feat itself given how much she loves her sleep).  Unfortunately, in the rush I forgot my deodorant and my watch but there was no time to do anything about it.  Suzi lent me her watch so I would at least know the time.  I quickly put on my bib - my number was 202 - what a great number.  It was the 33rd Adelaide Marathon - another great number.

It was so exciting.  It was such a gorgeous morning.  It was cold but there was no wind.  There were lots of people and the energy was great.  It was slow going at the start at Adelaide Oval but then it thinned out pretty quickly.  It was hard to find my pace at first but I just decided to do whatever felt good.

The volunteers were great - it is amazing how much someone saying, "You're doing great!" can cheer you on.  I felt great.  Suzi met me at some of the drink stations and handed me some jelly babies.  It was a beautiful morning and it was really lovely around West Lakes and along Henley Beach.  I got very excited at the half way mark (21 kms).  I was feeling great and I was over the hump.

And it kept feeling great.  I was blissed out for at least the first 34 kms.  It felt amazing!  I was so happy and it was so much fun.  I felt like my form was really good too.  All that core work was paying off.

Then it did get hard.  It was great to get to single digits but the last few kilometres felt like they were taking for ever.  It was sheer determination the last 5 kilometres.  Then I was finally down to 1 km to go.  There was a sign that said, "Smile - you paid for this" which made me laugh.  Right near the end there is a big hill which I didn't find funny at all.  Then I was at Adelaide Oval and someone yelled out, "Great work 202".  And then it was done.  I had done it!  I even forgot to look at the time.  I was just so happy.

I collected my goodie bag and my medal.  I love that medal.  Luke is pretty proud of my medal too.

I did it in 4 hours 9 minutes and 39 seconds.  I was hoping to get under 4 hours but I was pretty happy.  Leave that for next year.

I was pumped - I did it!  It was an incredible feeling.  To think that I was strong enough to do a marathon with no special training.  How empowering!

I was a bit stiff and sore.  The next day I did a swim (only 50 laps this time) and a sauna.  On Tuesday, I was back to doing my usual class.  By the Thursday classes, I felt back to normal.  In fact, Christine said I was on fire, and I felt it too!

That was another incredible feeling - to think that my body could recover so quickly.  Getting straight back into my usual routine really helped with my recovery and especially doing my stretches.

Want to join me next year?


 

 

 

 

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thank you for the kind words...hey GREAT PHOTO !!!! It shows you had good form all the way...
You are absolutely amazing....Love Suzi xx
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