Saturday, September 20, 2008

My First Marathon Experience

I SURVIVED!!!!

It was the hardest thing I think I have ever done in my life. Yeah I know I have three kids but honestly I am sure that this was harder. I have wanted to run a marathon for a few years now and always knew that I could do it, I never thought it would be easy but at the same time didn't realize how hard it would be. I know I should have trained better and that would have helped but I am so glad I did it and I would recommend it to anyone. I think it's something that not that many people want to try but to all those out there who think it's crazy, I challenge you to try it for yourself.
I am so glad that I finished and can now say that I have completed a marathon. My friend once made a comment about how there is a difference between runners and joggers and that if you don't average a certain mile per minute then you were just a jogger. I took great offense to that comment at the time because I thought "I am out here trying my best and I think I am a runner." Well as I was running this marathon (I had several hours to contemplate things) I thought "she is right, I am a jogger." I was thinking about how Rich was running his butt off averaging 7 minute miles and then there was me at 13 minute miles and there is a HUGE difference. He is so dedicated and works so hard and is determined to meet a certain goal. I was just really happy to finish so I can't really be put in the same category as the people that "ran." This isn't a negative thing and I now understand what she meant and I shouldn't have been offended and neither should anyone else. The most important thing to remember is that you should never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.
I look forward to improving my "jogging" skills so that one day I may be able to call myself a "runner!"

8 comments:

Chel said...

ANG! Let me be the first to say you are AWESOME! I'm so proud of you! That is truly a great accomplishment.

I'm probably more of a jogger and looking forward to my half marathon next month... hopefully I can train to do a marathon next year! You're my hero!

Jami said...

I love blogs. Much more personal than facebook. I can't believe how big your kids are? CRAZY! That means we are getting old doesn't it.

I'm excited to stay up on your life and your cute family.

Melissa said...

Challenge accepted! I plan to run (or jog) the Top of Utah marathon in 2009!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on jogging your marathon! :) I think it's quite awesome that you did it and that you finished it.

Shannon said...

Congratulations. I know how hard you have worked to accomplish this. Congrats again!

Daisie said...

Ang! Congrats on doing the marathon!! You are awesome! You will be my inspiration!!

Colten and Melissa Rogers said...
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Colten and Melissa Rogers said...

Congratulations to you too! I think that is so wonderful that you ran/jogged a marathon. It is something that I plan on accomplishing in my life. I look up to you, I know it isn't easy. And it doesn't matter if you ran or jogged it it's a huge mile stone in your life. Plus not many people can say they ran a marathon. I check yours every now and again too.