Marathon Number 3?

Good morning Bookworms! I recently launched my Angie Runs service where I can create a personalized training schedule for you based on your running goals. But today I’m going to talk about my own running goals.

The first time I ran a marathon, I was 24 and not prepared. My dad, a marathon legend, invited me to run a marathon with him, the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio. The race was in September 2011. I had run many half marathons by then but never tackled the marathon beast. I agreed to go with him and my mom and a bunch of their running friends. I started halfheartedly training, I wasn’t eating well and I missed a lot of my scheduled runs. I ran one 30k long run before race day. This wasn’t going to go well. On race day the atmosphere was intense. I lined up at the start line with my parents and a few of their friends but lost them all very quickly as they pulled ahead. I had always been a slow and steady runner anyways so I didn’t worry about it. Plus I knew my dad was way faster than me so no big deal. My mom was doing the half marathon that day as well. I was doing great until the 30k mark. Then I started walking a lot, the last 10km of that race were some of the toughest mental and physical kilometers I’ve ever done. My legs were dragging and all I could think about was the pain. 5 hours and 22 minutes later, I turned the last corner and entered the finish line chute and there was my dad, he yelled “you’re a marathoner now” and I started to cry. I crossed the finish line sobbing as an air force officer placed a big medal around my neck. My parents rushed towards me and I rushed to the closest garbage can so I could throw up. It was one of the best days of my life.

Me and my friend Karen after the last half marathon I did in 2019. Of course I was crying.

The second time I ran a marathon I was 26 and was much better prepared. I ate well, followed a great training plan and I felt ready to try this crazy thing again. This time we ran a little closer to home, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October 2013. My dad ran that race as well, finishing in 3 hours 21 minutes at the age of 53. I finished in 4 hours and 44 minutes, cutting almost 40 minutes off my previous race and felt really good about it. When I approached the finish line, my dad was there at 200m to go. He ran along beside the race course, despite having run a marathon already that day, yelling at me to keep pushing and I was almost there. The first marathon I was sobbing, marathon 2, I was smiling from ear to ear. At the 100m mark I saw my mom, my sister and Luke (my future husband) on one side of the chute screaming, and my best friend on the other side of the chute, also screaming. I crossed the finish line, got my medal and found my family. It was once again one of the best days of my life.

Finish line of marathon 2, you can see Luke, my mom and my sister behind me cheering.

It’s been 8 years since I ran a marathon. In that time I’ve run a lot of half marathons and completed a few triathlons. I started road biking more and more. I was planning to run another half marathon in 2020 but it was cancelled. But I’ve decided 2021, 10 years since my first attempt at a marathon is when I will attempt marathon number 3. This summer I will train and in the fall I will run another 42.2km. I will be writing about it here once in a while, and I’ll keep you guys updated. I’m so excited to be tackling this monster again! And don’t worry, I already roped my dad into doing it with me.

If you want to run along with me, I’ve started a virtual run club on Instagram! Every Thursday I’ve invited my followers to join me for a run or walk. You can do your workout any time of the day on Thursday, tag me on Instagram and I’ll share your story! You can also use the hashtag #RunWithAngie if you want. I would love to hear what you got up to on Thursday or if you’re planning to join! Today we have our first run/walk and it will be so fun!

Angie

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