Which means, that for the 11th time, I limped my way through work this past Monday.
At one point, I would have told you that this was a badge of honor. Running 26.2 miles, then hobbling along in all your glory for the 48 hours that follow. And, I don't know, maybe that had an air of truth in it during the first few. But, somewhere along the way, that badge of honor lost it's shine. Where I used to be the conquering hero, being congratulated by my co-workers, now I'm the guy who is late to class, and being asked when I'll be able to start wearing shoes again, cause no one wants to look at my beaten up toes anymore.
But inevitably, as any marathoner will tell you, at some point in the week that follows your race, you'll be asked a series of questions. They'll ask how long the race was, where it was, etc... And then, there will usually be a question that goes like this...
"What did it feel like?"
And, if you are like me, you've never really been able to give a good answer. Cause, in my opinion, there really aren't words to describe just what it feels like to both run, and complete the 26.2 miles.
However, since I can't tell you, I've decided to try the next best thing... to show you... this is what it feels like...
GOING IN TO THE RACE AFTER COMPLETING YOUR TRAINING
FEELING GOOD ON THE WAY TO THE RACE WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
WHEN YOU GET OUT OF THE CAR AT THE RACE
WHAT YOU CONSIDER DOING WHEN YOU SEE HOW LONG THE BATHROOM LINE IS.
AT STARTING LINE
When the gun goes off... it gets a little hectic.
WHEN THAT AWESOME SONG COMES ON YOUR IPOD.
Dance it up, Lil Drake, dance it up.
WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FAMILY AT MILE 8 AND ARE FEELING GREAT.
WHEN YOU SEE THEM AGAIN AT MILE 17 AND AREN'T FEELING SO GREAT.
WHEN YOU RUN BEHIND A CUTE GIRL, THEN PASS HER AND REALIZE SHE'S NOT THAT CUTE AFTER ALL.
WHEN YOU SCREW UP THE WATER STOP EXCHANGE, AND REALIZE YOU AIN'T GETTING WATER FOR ANOTHER THREE MILES.
WHEN YOU TAKE THAT FIRST HIT OF GU.
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU RUN BY SOME JACKASS DRINKING COFFEE, SMOKING A CIGARETTE AND TELLING YOU "YOU'RE ALMOST THERE"
"How about I f@cking kill you?!?!"
AT MILE 18 WHEN YOU CONSIDER FAKING AN INJURY.
AT MILE 21
AT MILE 22
AT MILE 23
WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU WON'T BEAT YOUR PERSONAL RECORD
THEN COMING AROUND THE FINAL TURN AND YOU SEE THE FINISH LINE
WHEN YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE
WHEN THEY TRY TO OFFER YOU FOOD
WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FAMILY
ANNNND THE NEXT MORNING
AND FINALLY... WHEN YOU DECIDE TO SIGN UP AGAIN