I finished my first marathon!

I DID IT! Ran 26.2 miles (42 kilometers) before most people even had breakfast yesterday – and loved it!

I still kind of feel like running is my ~secret~identity, totally separate from my usual pretty pink persona! Okay, this outfit might just give me away! 😉

Here’s me the house at 5 am! I woke up at THREE and spent a groggy half an hour trying to get that darn bib on straight!!

Running has become a big part of my life and one of my favourite hobbies. As I mentioned in this post, I only started properly training last year after thinking that’d I never ever do such a silly thing. I’m a frilly dress wearing, no sweat, I actually like to KEEP my toenails kinda gal!! Or so I thought!

With hundreds of miles run and two half marathons under my belt, I was ready for the next big challenge: the FULL marathon. So for the past four months I’ve been waking up early no matter the weather (my cat hasn’t been complaining that she gets breakfast super early!), spent a record amount of time in spandex, and bruised every single one of my toenails getting ready for the big day!

It was a freezing cold morning to be standing around waiting! I look absolutely terrified here for some reason!

All for this one day. I still couldn’t believe THE race day was really here when I lined up for the run and nerves almost got me! However, the loud cheering, other happy people, and the knowledge of medals and bagels at the end made me get it together!

The race itself was great. I was very well trained – but you’re still never quite sure what to expect until you’re OUT THERE on the course with only your own brain. I watched the miles pass by way faster than I thought and suddenly Pink Lightning (which I feel I was appropriately nicknamed by a spectator!) was coming through the stadium!

Here’s me a couple of hours later!

Seeing that finish line – and accomplishing what seemed to be an unrealistic life goal – was a moment that will stick with me forever. To my shock I finished in 3:52:14! I almost cried when the medal was put around my neck!

I’m beyond ecstatic right now! I’m practically still jumping up and down (except not actually my legs are like NO WAY!) I can’t wait to get back in the groove of running again, but for right now I’m enjoying just getting to lay around and getting to eat all sorts of delicious sweets!

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Run away with me!

You would never be able to tell one of my favourite hobbies from looking at me: I love to run!

A couple of years ago I couldn’t even watch people on tv running without getting out of breath! Sweating, blisters, sore muscles, everybody dressing fluorescent head-to-toe?!?! Then one day I had the sporadic urge to jump into a pair of runners and run down the street. Suddenly then there I was, outdoors feeling the wind in my hair for hours at a time and… I adored it (that first run, wow it was tough though! Phew!)

Suffice to say I started long distance running and I don’t think anyone would guess it looking at me in my poofy dresses and bows! But a pair of runners, those weird bright outfits that look like they never got over the 80s, and running in -40 celsius at 6 am is my secret happy little world.

Running fashion is my favourite. Marathon day is like a sea of the most happy colourful people you’ll ever see.

Don’t get me wrong, this didn’t happen overnight. Before I started running, I spent years walking outside for hours every single day and taking the stairs at work. There’s no better way to clear a fuzzy brain than a bit of leg stretching!

Last year I finally fully trained and ran my first half marathon (13 miles in 2:01), and will soon do it all again. And I just registered for my eek… first full marathon (26 miles!), which will be in June.

Running is a weird thing to love in a way because there is definitely a lot of pain (and potential for injury, lost toenails, and other unpleasant things), a lot of time spent completely alone blocking out the world, and it’s rather expensive (you need good quality equipment and entry fees). However, the reward is immense: good physical and mental health, hanging out in nature, and meeting such supportive people! No matter what your skill level, other runners (even the elite ones!) will be happy to throw you a wave!

So in two weeks, I’ll be paying a good amount of money for the honour of running down the road as quickly as I can for a medal and a delicious plate of luke-warm pancakes~ and will love every single minute of it!

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