Over the Labor Day Weekend, my Sister participated in her first Full Marathon!! I'm full of pride for her accomplishments & she should be too! So, on this post I thought we'd do an interview of her take on all things Marathon.
Disclaimer: Neither she nor I are Healthcare or Fitness professionals. This is a simple recount of one person's experience & should not be taken as professional advice. As always, consult with your Healthcare or Fitness professional before beginning any new program.
Before we get to the interview however, let's talk stats first:
Marathon/Race Name: American Discovery Trail Marathon
Race Finish Time: 4 hours, 11 minutes, 25 seconds
I, for one, am impressed by those stats, especially given this was her first full marathon! It takes a considerable amount of dedication to train (both physically & mentally) for a 26.2 mile race & I'm in awe of those who do it. I sat down & chatted with her post-race to get her take on those 26.2 miles, wanting to hear all about her experience.
Spectators View: Unbeknownst to my Sister, a large group of our Family came to the race to show our support & encourage her along the way. She had no idea we were coming. Fortunately for us, the race organization had a very good course map available & we were able to calculate where she would be & around what time. Our first stop was around mile 8 or 9...we had the kiddos with all their home-made signs & we hooted & hollered as she came by smiling & waving back at us. Moments later, my brother-in-law received a text from her (thank you Siri) simply saying "that made my world". We continued to try & meet up with her at a couple more mile markers just to let her know we were there to support her. Honestly though, she made it look easy!
I just want to tell you all how absolutely inspiring it is to be at an event like this. The range of people that participate is so surprising to me. People of all fitness levels, ages, abilities, disabilities...it's really truly so motivating to witness. So, I fully second what my Sister said - just do it!!! The only thing holding you back (us back) is the mind! It doesn't have to be a full marathon, just do what seems to interest you & give it all you've got!
Thanks for sticking with me through a non-fashion post. I'm all about trying to inspire people in any way possible. If you have any specific questions that my Sister can answer, leave a message in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org & I'll get them to her.
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