I learned a lot from this marathon.
Saturday before the race was wonderful. My parents met me in Des Moines for the weekend. We went to a neat brewery downtown for dinner.
(My parents and I)
After dinner we headed back to our hotel. We had a lot of fun just relaxing and chatting in the room!
The morning of the marathon was cold, like most marathon mornings! I was jealous that my parents got to wear their coats!
The start of the race was going very well, and I was feeling confident. However, I hit that brick wall again around mile 20! My lower back was in a lot of pain at this point. That was completely my fault! I had done a lot of abdominal work during my training, but not enough back strengthening. That is something I need to focus on more for my next marathon.
My IT band was also acting up. Again, I need to focus on more IT band strengthening exercises for my next marathon.
After some “feeling sorry for myself” I decided to suck it up, and finish strong. I was able to spot my parents in the crowd as I crossed the finish line.
I had two things on my mind at the end of this race. 1.) I NEED food! and 2.) I NEED to sit down. Luckily after the race I was able to do both! My parents and I went out to lunch in downtown Des Moines. I ate most of that pizza there 🙂 I also splurged and had a Guinness (my favorite) and a piece of chocolate cheesecake!
I shaved about 17 minutes off my last marathon, and about an hour off of my first marathon!