I was scared, it was only my second marathon. I knew it was a trail marathon, it was going to be greater than 98 degrees, and there will be 3,500ft to climb. I had no idea how long it will take or if I will even finish. But I am not here for me, I need to finish this marathon for the children doing it every day. At the start line, I am loose and ready to begin. There is no turning back, I will finish every mile. So, at 7:30 am we began
Having people to talk to made the first portion fly by. The marathon was two half marathon loops. for the first loop, I felt great and confident. The hills did not take big of a toll on me, but knowing I will be by myself kept me on ease. At the halfway mark, I ate some watermelon and continued to start the second loop. At mile 14, I noticed I was not sweating anymore and then the feeling of vertigo overwhelmed me. I felt exhausted, the canopy would zoom in and out and little black sparkles would flicker. My only goal is to make it to the next aid station and I consider stopping.
I had the chance to hydrate and decided that I would make it to the next aid station and see how I felt. Once I made it to that aid station, I said it again, reach the next aid station. This kept me going until I realized I only had 5 more miles left. Then it came to me, I am not here for a personal accomplishment, I am here to help the women and children I have never met that walk every day. I am only doing this once a month, they do it every day. A shot of adrenaline brought me to my wall and I finished the marathon after 7hr 30mins. This marks the second marathon completed as part of our fundraiser.