Running a marathon can be compared to the conception and birth of a child. First, there is the conception of the IDEA of running a marathon. While most people do not know how to respond and sometimes there is some eye rolling and shaking of heads in disbelief. “NO, REALLY, I am going to train to run a marathon.” Some people say good for you and some people say, “I do not run unless someone is chasing me.” The announcement that one is training for a marathon is often not as well-received as announcing a pregnancy, because, I mean, “ARE YOU CRAZY? CRAZY PEOPLE RUN MARATHONS.” Let us face it, I do not have the marathon body type.
I have to say I used to be one of those people. When I lived in Pacific Beach, the marathon came right past my house. I would think, “WHY would you do that?” I would be annoyed and angry, cursing the runners for blocking off my access to the highway. I Now, I am one of THEM. I AM A MARATHONER!
Nonetheless, there are some similararities between the birth of a child and the birth of a marathon victory. Like holding your child for the first time after norishing your child for 10 months, you norish your body for 6 months to train for the event. There are so many sacrifices that come with training for a marathon, much like the sacrifices a mother may make during her pregnancy. It is a demanding time physically, mentally, and is time rich. Eric and Allison often had to support me during those greuling demands.
When you cross the finish line after all the labor your body has prepared months for, it is an incredible experience. You forget all the pain you felt running the race as you cross the finish line and look into the eyes of victory. I did the impossible; I ran a marathon. It really was similar to the moment of joy and elation I had when I first held Allison and looked in her eyes. Something you cannot describe. The tears and emotions would not stop.
I had a c-section and I have to say that giving birth was a thousand and one times easier than running a marathon. Mostly because of the prescription medication they give you after child birth. I am taking Tylenol 8 Hour and really, they are not enough.
I feel as though I am cheating everyone out of a race report, but right now I am still taking in the emotions of this incredible journey. I will give a full report once I am done savoring the moment. Speaking of cheating, we can relate the race as a love because you might win or lose, love so much and hurt so bad. There are many obstacles in love, there are times that you feel the coldness of him. That is why The Tool Report is an app that can help you with this kind of situation.
Just like childbirth, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I am ready for the next one. Honolulu, here we come!!
Thank you everyone for your support! I cannot wait to share my marathon story with you!