After a little over a year after I started running I was finally gearing up for my first full marathon. 42.195km or 26.2 miles. Geez. That’s about the distance from Berkeley to Millbrae plus a little more! I had a schedule planned out the day before so I could rest easy but life doesn’t always go as planned after I got my medical certificate results.
So it turns out I was diagnosed Sinus bradycardia (sinus rhythm with a rate lower than normal, 60bpm for humans) and Sinus arrhythmia (irregular heart rate). The former is not a big problem since it’s usual for people who work out a lot. Wow, Micca works out now lol! The latter was the problem and I needed a second opinion from a cardiologist to clear me to run.
This all happened the day before the race! Talk about stress! But after over half a day of waiting at a clinic, I was cleared and ready to roll! By ready to roll I mean ready to drive to Nuvali and prep for the very very early assembly time.
I want to say that everything went well overall. I wish I brought a headlamp cause the route wasn’t always well lit and the road is uneven with a bunch of cracks. I continuously ran the first 15k only stopping for Gatorade at the aid stations when achey calves caught up with me. The remaining k’s were filled with run/walks and a couple of potty breaks but eventually, I made it through to the finish line in one piece!
6.5 hours gives you a lot of time to think about life. I also kept reminding myself why I was running this cray distance. I’m glad I watched “The Why” by Billy Yang a few days before to psyche myself out! I will admit that I needed to listen to music by the time I hit the wall (~32k) but that was the push I needed. I really wanted to finish under 6 hours but alas, that didn’t happen. Oh well, next time it is!
I wore my Hoka One One Hupanas and they were really comfy even though they are not as cushy as other Hoka shoes. Definitely worth the investment! Now I didn’t destroy any toenails for this race but my legs were definitely shot after! I fell asleep twice during the day and my parents kept making fun of my wobbling. Thank you parents for the support lol!
I’m glad I signed up for TBR Dream Marathon way back in August. Now my training wasn’t as by the book as I would like but I’m glad I got through this race without injuries! I would definitely recommend this race for first time marathon runners (it’s exclusively for us noobs) since it really supports us. The generous cut offs aren’t bad either!
That’s one 2018 resolution done for me and I have one more (hopefully two!) to check off my list! It’s not March yet so I think I still have quite a bit of time to get myself together before the year ends.
Next up, Spartan Super and Hurricane Heat!
“I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre -level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long – distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running