Here is all the stuff I laid out the night before. I only slept about 4 hours, which was irritating.
|Me before the race. I feel my legs look really short in this picture, kind of like the characters on Punch-Out.|
It was SO COLD. I wish I had brought a jacket for the run. I think I could have worn it for most of the race.
|Here I am approaching the finish line (I am the black dot in the middle). That is my daughter cheering for me in the foreground.|
My beautiful, supportive wife Katie also cheered me on.
|This guy Henry has run over 900 marathons, which I thought was pretty cool.|
Tips For the Next Race
I learned a few things on this my first official endurance-style run:
- Bring a jacket. It was so cold this morning that my hands went numb. This was a problem when I couldn't get burrs out of my socks because my fingers weren't working.
- Use running socks. Apparently there are socks that prevent blisters, but I just ran in cotton socks. I didn't get any blisters, but the bottom of my feet were hurting and still feel pretty sensitive.
- Do it again. It was a great experience, overall, and I am looking forward to my next race.
This was a great experience, really, and I plan on continuing my running. As I mentioned in a previous post, I plan to run 36 miles on my 36th birthday. (Actually, it will probably be the week after my birthday due to some scheduling issues). I am not entirely sure how I am going to do this - today's run was pretty tough, and I only have 3 months to prepare. But I am excited to keep working toward it and believe that I will get there.