My mind was blank, mainly because I had to wake up at 4:30 am to get to the start line on time. I had no idea what to expect and what was going to happen. Not only is this my first marathon, I will be doing it with my favorite heavy blue water jug. My family dropped me off close to the start line giving me 30 minutes to relax, stretch, and make it to the start.
The start line is full of 5,000 people getting ready. I find my spot and people begin to come up to me. "Are you doing the marathon with that?" I began to realize the challenge I had voluntarily given myself and had not a clue what to expect. All I know is that I can not stop until I cross that finish line. At 7:30 am, the marathon begins and all the runners are off.
The weight on my head is too heavy to jog with. I went the whole marathon taking long strides doing a lung each time I step. Reflecting on training, the distance for the first few miles was no issue. There were also runners going the same speed coming to talk to me which helped distract my mind, ignore the weight, and continue. It all changed once the half marathoners went a different direction after mile 10. After that, until mile 26.2, I knew I was going to be by myself the whole time. There was no one besides myself and the blue jug.
After the half marathon mark, my mind starts to play tricks on me. Saying 14 miles is still impressive, just stop here. Wondering what time it was, why did I do this to myself, and where am I. The mile signs began to slowly pass and after mile 20, all I wanted to do was finish.
My family stayed for the whole marathon. From the start, seeing me at the half marathon mark, and all the way to the finish. Simply having a familiar face at a moment of an all-time low was all I needed. After 6hrs and 15mins, I finally finished. I took the water jug off my head and this moment of pure happiness takes over. A weight has literally been lifted off my chest, I feel I can breathe normally, but walking seems impossible. For the next four days, I was almost immobile, but it was worth every step.