A marathon in December can be unpredictable. The weather was suppose to be 40 degrees and up t0 15 mph winds. Being back in Delaware made me happy and content. I missed being at the University of Delaware and wanted nothing more but to go back. I sat in my car 30 minutes before start to stay warm. With 15 minutes left, I walk to the boardwalk in Rehoboth and take the remaining time to watch the waves and sunrise. Besides constantly shivering, watching each wave role in brought the last calm moment until the race begins.
We start. The route had us going throughout the state parks in Rehoboth, Delaware. The route was beautiful and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The dunes and estuaries had a big heron population. Little hills made it nice and smooth but two segments of the marathon had strong headwinds.
At one of my lowest moments during the marathon, a runner in full firefighter gear cheered me up. Steven Bender, founder of the Firefighter 5 foundation runs marathons in full firefighter gear to help emergency responders in becoming active with healthy lifestyles. He was a true inspiration and it was wonderful to speak with him. Visit here to learn more about his foundation, http://www.firefighter5.com/
Besides the cold, the marathon went very well. During a stretch with strong headwinds, a group of three runners stood in front of me to block the wind. The support from the marathon was very helpful giving snacks, water, and Gatorade. If there is any half marathon or marathon someone is looking to do, this is the event I will always recommend.