Have you heard the story of the first marathon?
It goes something like this:
There was a war in Greece, back in the olden days (490 B.C.) when Greeks were fighting the Persians. A battle was fought in the town of Marathon and the Greeks won. Pheidippides, who was a messenger, was dispatched from Marathon to announce the victory to the government in Athens (40 km away). He ran the 40 km (25 miles; not 26.2, which apparently has something to do with the British royals and their lawns), announced the outcome of the battle and then promptly died.
He was 40 years old.
For some reason two thousand (plus) years later, people decided that sounds like a good idea. Why don’t we all get together and run 40 km and see if we can manage this without dying. In return we’ll all receive a t-shirt, a plastic water bottle and a medal!
So yes, I completed my first marathon on Sunday.
I’m still alive, but that’s only because I didn’t run. I walked it. Sometimes I think of running and I’ve tried it before, but eventually I always give up, because it’s not enjoyable. Walking and biking is so much fun for me, I don’t want to give that up! I don’t want to be one of those people who suffers through something just to see if they can push their body a bit further. I mean, I admire people who do. I really do. I’m just lazy and love to be comfortable and for me the journey is about enjoying the scenery, taking pictures and petting all the animals that I come across along the way.
Here are my official results:
I finished 241st out of 264 overall!!! That’s pretty good. I thought I’d be last.
Here’s what I don’t like about official marathon results: they don’t account for bathroom breaks! I had to use the facilities 7 (yes, seven) times! How come someone with a bigger bladder gets better results, just because they can hold it? According to Strava, I maintained a 4 min/mile average, which is really good when you’re walking (unless you’re speed walking, but I don’t know how to do that either). And according to Strava I completed in 6:46:48, not 7:00:50. Yeah… I apparently spent about 14 min in the bathrooms along the way.
Is there an 18 week bladder training program?
Well, okay. A part of me thinks: I walked over 26 miles in 7 hours and clocked in over 55,000 steps by the end of the day. I checked off something from my bucket list and should now move on to other things. But there is another part of me that wants to do this again!
So, I’ve been looking online and found out that the Portland Marathon (Oct 9) accommodates walkers! And it’s 18 weeks from now. Coincidence? Or providence? Should I sign up? I could train for 18 weeks and see how well I do if I actually train. Maybe I’ll jog a little bit once in a while to improve my results. Should I do that? I think I should. Portland is so close and we have family that lives there. I think I’ll go register now.
All the details on the race and my trip with Marissa to Port Angeles in the next post!