I finished my first marathon last Sunday! The Brooklyn Marathon. 26.2 miles in just under 5 hours. And guess what: I wasn’t the last person to finish! Never thought I’d run a marathon. I’ve loved running ever since college. But back then, I didn’t have the time or desire to train. That all changed once I participated in my first half marathon this April. I thought to myself: if I can do 13.1, what’s stopping me from 26.2? After all, it’s always been a bucket list item of mine. My aunt has also inspired me. She took up marathon running a few years ago, and has probably participated 10+ races ever since. Pretty incredible!
My dad flew out for the weekend to cheer me on. I was so excited to have him here for my first race! We arrived to Prospect Park about 30 minutes prior to the start at 8:30 a.m. The park was absolutely beautiful! All of the leaves were still bright and colorful. Some very stunning scenery to be surrounded by all day! The weather was fine for running, but definitely on the chilly side. 40’s and COLD! I felt bad for some of the spectators. My dad took a break from watching at one point to go to a nearby McDonald’s and warm up. Lol!
The course consisted of 6 long loops around Prospect Park. This involved running up a hill each and every time. Have to admit: that was pretty dang hard! My legs were already feeling sore about halfway through. But I just kept going.
I never realized why runners are given those weird silvery plastic blankets after a race. Well, now I know. Once I stopped running, by body temperature rapidly cooled down. I was freezing! It was nice to have the blanket as another layer to trap in my body heat.
Check out the medal they gave us. Love that it shows a picture of Brooklyn. I’ll have to find a special place to display this! Now that I’ve finished the race, I’m already thinking about signing up for another. I want to beat my time! But as for now, I’ll be resting up and taking it easy for a few weeks. I’m also looking forward to doing more workout classes again — especially yoga!