These are my BONUS pictures that my new buddy Nicole's talented husband took! THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Meeting Nicole and sharing this marathon experience with her has been such a treat! You will have to wait for the next post to hear more about her journey and the fun we had! HINT 1: We were both thrilled to see that we were both short. (Technically I am 1/2 inch taller...but I am going with calling her my 5'4 buddy!)
DONE! Sub-4 but no smile?? Wish I had SMILED BIG, but I was just focusing on breathing, trying to not fall over, find any saliva I had left to swallow, and make it to a friendly face!
About to begin race! So much hope and excitement!!
Love this picture...this was right before the start.
Looking back...I ran well, really well...and just wish I would have enjoyed it more. Every day I learn more and more about FLEXIBILITY and Marathon #2 was full of changed plans, surprises and hardship.
I have been resting since the RACE but I have also been looking for another. Would I be CRAZY to run another marathon in 9 days? I want that 3:45...I keep reminding myself I have TIME...but my mind and heart want it now...not sure what my body thinks? I have almost rested a week...and think I am going to go for short run tomorrow?? So much time and training....feel like maybe I have more in me...BUT I could be so WRONG? I need YOU Veterans and smart, sane people to chime in. THOUGHTS??? I probably just need to let it go and maybe in a year or two I can try again, but I know the more experience I gain RUNNING the better chance I will have in future races??