For the past two consecutive years, I have trained for and finished a fall full marathon. I ran in Hartford in 2014 and Albany in 2015.
Hartford (Marathon #1) was rainy and cold, raw and bitter, but amazing because it was my first full. Nothing really compares to the insane elatedness that goes hand in hand with finishing those last .2 miles in your first full marathon. Even with soaking wet clothes and numb finger tips. Nothing.
I was a bit scared going into Marathon #2 this past October. I wondered how it would compare to my experience in Hartford. Would it be miserable because I had already been there and done that? Would it be harder without as much crowd support and without many of my friends out on the course to cheer me on? Would it be rainy again?
What I learned in Albany is that running your second marathon can be amazing too! For me, running Marathon #2 was such an amazing thrill that I’ve decided to run Marathons #3 and #4 in 2016!
It could have been the beautiful course along the Hudson River (check it out here.)
It could have been the fact that the weather was near perfect with clear blue skies and warm sunshine. It could have been that I was so close to my childhood hometown or that several of my family members were waiting at the finish. It could have been the awesome pace group I ran with. I found that I was better prepared for #2 after stepping up my training, and I enjoyed the actual race much more than the first time around so maybe it was that. The second full finish wasn’t quite as epic but I was still proud as hell.
I’m not sure what this means as far as Marathon #3 goes but I’m willing to bet it will be yet another amazing race. I am running the Vermont City Marathon in May with some of my best running buds. It will be Sarah, Jane and Samantha’s first full and Marcy’s second full marathon so I will be sharing the marathon pride with some wonderful ladies and I couldn’t be more excited! Although I’d be lying if I said I’m not scared to start my training program in less than 2 weeks in the dead of winter, I know it will be worth it.
If you’re wondering what Marathon #4 will be, I have a few races that I’m considering but am hoping to add sunny Florida to my list of full marathon states.
Logic tells me that running 26.2 for the third and fourth times will be amazing like it always is and who am I to mess with logic?
As far as Marathon #5 and beyond? Let’s just say that I’ll keep going the distance until the amazingness stops.
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