Here are a couple of pictures from the marathon I recently ran. The first picture is at the start when it was cold hence the ear band, gloves, and sleeves down. At the finish I was rather hot and had removed the ear band and gloves and pushed up my sleeves. That was about all I could do to acclimate to the weather. When you run as slow as me there can be pretty big changes in the weather from the start to the finish. Running a marathon isn’t as hard as most people believe but it ain’t easy either. It is more of a mental challenge than a physical one.
Can a 50 pounds overweight, 43 year old guy run a marathon with just two months of lackluster training? Yes. Should he? No!!
I did manage to finish the Bass Pro Marathon last Sunday with a time of 6:06:41 which placed me at 155 of 158 men in the marathon. Hey, I wasn’t last and anyway my main goal was to finish. I’ve now completed 5 marathons in 5 different states. This marathon was tough. I spent most of the last 10 miles walking rather than running. The temperature was in the 40s when the race started but it was near 70 and sunny for the last half of the race. This made it uncomfortably hot for me and I became a little dehydrated. I also got a little sunburn and chapped lips. Of course there were sore muscles after the race but they recovered after a couple of days. This was the first time the muscles in my arms became sore as well. I guess it was just from holding them up in a running position for most of the race. I won’t be doing any more marathons until I lose some significant weight and am in much better shape.
I’ll post some marathon photos later. I’ve managed to jack up the SD card slot in my laptop by accidentally putting the little protector piece of plastic in there sideways. As soon the USB card reader I ordered arrives I’ll upload some of the marathon photos.
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