This is the last of a series of guest posts I have been doing over at Marathon Training Academy, where I blogged about preparing for my first marathon using their system. I went ahead and included the entire post here, because I am so excited about finishing the race.
On November 5, 2011, I embarked into the unknown territory of running a marathon for the first time. During that time I found why they call this ‘endurance’ running. It wasn’t the prettiest race, and with a time of 4:54, I did not break any records. But but I did somehow pull myself through those last few miles, and now I can join the ranks of that small segment of the population that calls themselves a marathon runner.
There were 15,000 half-marathoners and about 5,000 full-marathoners there in downtown Savannah. There was a ton of excitement and anxiousness in the cool air. The route went through a variety of areas, and the locals really embraced the marathon. The bands made the race entertaining, but the encouragement of the locals and volunteers made the tough miles a little easier to swallow.