Sunday, October 4, 2009

Run, Wendy, Run

I knew that running a marathon would be a challenge, but I had no idea it would be so much fun! I was amazed by all the friendly volunteers and the great crowd support. I also felt a lot of camaraderie with my fellow runners and really enjoyed the gorgeous course route for the St. George Marathon. As a first timer, I don't think I could have had a better experience. One thing that really helped me was running most of the race with a pacing group. I finished in 5 hours and 28 minutes, (I had no goal time and had estimated my pace at closer to 6 hours, so I was pretty thrilled with my time.) I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity and thankful for all the support I received from friends and family.

St. George Marathon By the Numbers:

0 Blisters (Smart Wool Socks Oh, how I love thee!)

1 Pre-Race Banana

2 Times listening to "I'm Gonna Be" (500 Miles) by the Pretenders and feeling so happy that I actually started to sing out loud while I ran.

4 Family members that came to cheer me on

5 Hours of sleep the night before

6 New friends (Thank you Deb and Esther)

7 Thousand runners in the race

11 Mile mark when I wished I was a man so I wouldn't have to wait in line for the port-a-potty

15-17 My favorite miles of the race with breathtaking scenery of Snow Canyon- I can hardly describe my elation

22 "The Wall" - My 2 mile stretch of nausea and fatigue

24 Family greets me and some angel hands me a bag of crushed ice (Pictured above at mile 24, the finish line is so close I can almost taste it!)

26.2 Miles completed!


Missy said...

I am so impressed. You make it sound easy!

Himni said...

Wendy--that is so awesome! Great job, and I'm so glad your feet cooperated after all of your hard training. This post just made my morning. Love you, sis. :-)

Laura said...

I am so happy you had such a wonderful experience! Way to go your awesome:) You going to do another one someday?

Autumn said...

You did it!!! Congratulations. It really is a great experience. I can see why people do it over and over. Wish we could run one together.

Jord said...

Impressive Wendy! That is on my to do list as well and I'll definitely have to hit you up for training tips.

Kim said...

Wow, impressive. I trained to do the St. George but had problems with a tendon and the doctors advised me not to run until it healed. So, my biggest running accomplishment was a half marathon. Better than nothing I guess. So, good job Wendy!