|Honolulu Marathon 1998 - finisher!|
Team in training provided me with a training plan and I followed it until I got an over-use injury after an 18 miler, about a month out from the race. I seriously didn't run a single time from November 1st until December 13th when I showed up for the race. I think at the time I was honestly naive enough to not stress about it - now I would be FREAKING out about this, but I guess sometimes ignorance is bliss. I really had no time goal and I was just running to finish - I ended up running a 4:24. I walked straight from the finish line and sat in the ocean!
We flew to Kauai the day after the race and laid around on the beach for the next 6 days.
My first marathon was a great experience, but it didn't really give me the marathoning bug that I've picked up later in life. In fact, I didn't run another marathon until the 2009 Portland Marathon! It is kind of cool that my 41 year old self kicked my 28 year old self's ass in finishing time, eh? Yeah baby!