Now that it is over and two weeks on and I look back, I am really proud for my achievement. Can't say I felt that way crossing the finish line….all I wanted to do was sit down and never run again.
I knew this feeling would pass, but if I did sit down, would I be able to get back up……
As I hobbled over to the massage line I dropped my water bottle and as I bent down to pick it up I knew I was in for a few days of pain. As I stood in the massage line, I found fellow first timers, one had even just done a quick google search on how to recover from a marathon. I tried to keep moving as I crept up the line then hoisted my self up on to the massage table.
I already had a few recovery strategies up my sleeve but knew I was going to be struggling for a few days and thanked past Amelia for having the foresight to take an annual leave day for Monday. I spent Monday hobbling around Sydney trying to keep a straight as I tackled simple tasks such as the stairs.
I have to admit I did not complete as much training as I would have liked. Everyone I spoke to before the race said the last 12 km were the hardest, I was prepared for it to be hard, but I was not prepared to be in pain for the entire second half of the race. Everyone said it would hurt but said it was great! I think the pain took over any of the finish line joy.
My race plan was simple, just run and enjoy the race, take in the scenery and don't go out too fast.
Did my race go according to plan well, I finished in under 4 hours, tick, which was seemingly a very farfetched goal as the week before I had run 33km in 3hrs and 30 mins, I ran the whole way and got across the finish line, so I was happy. But oh so much pain…..
I went out a little too fast and suffered through the second half which was a little slower than the first. However my competitive nature was coming out, I thought I had worked hard to be 'on the sub 4 hour bus ' as one spectator had put it, I would be disappointed in myself if I let that slip by, so I pushed on and finished in 3hr 56min and 10 seconds.
Would I do another one, was the question everyone was asking. Immediately after I would have said hell no, I knew it would take me a few day to come around to the idea. Now I think I will do another one…the question is where?
This would never be possible without the my super support team. Kitted out by Foher Multisport (http://www.fohermultisport.com/)and nutritionally supported by Mega (http://www.megabakeenergybar.com.au/)