I woke up at 4 AM. To get hydrated, eat, and handle any bathroom needs lol. I attended pre-race church at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which was awesome. There was about a 2 block walk from the church to the starting line. The walk was super intense…Post Malone’s Rockstar was blasting…It felt like we were walking out for a fight!!!
At the starting corral I found the 5:00 hour pacer. Pre-Race my goal was anything sub 5:00 hours. The weather was freezing, and normally I run indoors during the winter. I wasn’t sure how I would hold up in the elements. Not sure why, but pre-race I was way more excited than normal, not sure what was different other than the distance. The 26.2 mentally seemed like a huge mountain to climb, but in the end it wasn’t that bad. The race started promptly at 7 AM, the pacer took us out a little faster than the 5 hour pace, but it felt fine.
I stuck with the 5 hour pace group for the first 5k. I felt really good so I decided I’d give it a go on my own, without the Pacer. My previous Half Marathon experience I started to cramp up on the last mile and half. So I didn’t know if I’d have a repeat of that, but I still set out on my own. Everything felt great for about the first 20 miles. Then I had some ankle and foot pain. I should have stopped to lace my shoes tighter, but I just kept running….
Outside of that and the second pass over the Trevor J. Sims Bridge around mile 25, I felt strong. The bridge and the last mile was just a fight….I’d come too far not to finish under 5 hours. Turning on to 4th street, and seeing the State Capitol in the distance was a great relief, while the marathon was an amazing experience I was ready to be done with it lol. I gave it a little more pace to make sure I got in under 5 hours which I did!
Crossed the finished line and received an awesome medal totally worth the 26.2 fight for it. Super thankful my Parents came out to support, meant the world that they braved the elements to see me finish my first marathon! I finished in 4:55:13, I achieved my goal of sub 5 hours.
I feel like if I address my shoe issue that popped I could easily finished faster. This marathon was great though I got invaluable experience about how I should fuel Pre and During the race for future races, and to see how my body would respond to the 26.2. Before this my furthest training distance was about 17 miles. I think I’ll run the Louisiana Marathon again next year or at least the half. I definitely want to get another full marathon in once I get to my goal weight.
I ran in Adidas Pureboost DPR.
nuun Electrolyte drink tab
Toast with Peanut Butter
Honey Stinger Caramel Waffle
3 – Honey Stinger Caramel Waffle
6 – GU Energy Gels
Water & Powerade along route
Vegan Gumbo from Whole Foods