The Morgantown Marathon is advertised as not an easy marathon and the race directors promote the challenge. After looking at the course map, I realize that no portion of this marathon is going to be flat. The only plus side is when you go up, hopefully, you get to go down. The night left me too anxious to sleep. I left the motel room and went to the race start line area 2 hours early because I could not sit still.
When the marathon started, I was doing well. The hills started right away but the downhill portions helped make up time. The hills are big, steep and exhausted me quickly. I had to spend a minute at each aid station to do a different stretch to relieve the pain in my legs. The volunteers and supporters at the marathon were the most inspiring. People walking in parks would stop their softball game to cheer me on. Local churches set up their own aid stations and handed out water. Families woke up early to cheer all the runners on.
After mile 19, my legs were beginning to lock. Each step became a harder to challenge making me worry I simply would not be able to walk anymore. The last mile presented the last and biggest hill, something I was warned about before the marathon started. The people at the mile 25 aid station gave me the time and it was my fastest yet, thank you downhill. I gained an adrenaline rush and completely pushed through the last mile to finish in 6 hrs and 6 mins. I laid down on a grass patch in the parking lot and try to stretch but was not able to move. A volunteer handed me a bagel and a beer as congratulations.
I knew I was going to have issues walking for a few days but I loved this marathon and the support was amazing. Time to get mentally ready for my next marathon in 2 weeks.