Saturday, October 13, 2018

Marathon update

On September 15, 2018 I completed a full marathon, 26.2 miles! I did it, and I'm 63 years old. It was the Fairbanks Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks, Alaska. It's rated as one of the most difficult marathons in the United States, #2 on several lists. A net elevation gain of 3,300 feet. It was hard and amazing at the same time. I love the people in Alaska (where I spent the first 30 years of my life).

My boyfriend and I completed it in 7 hours and 44 minutes (don't laugh...he's 60 and I'm 63). We ran a little, jogged a lot, walked a lot more and there might have been some dragging of feet at one point. They allowed ten hours to complete it, and there were about a 100 people behind us (566 registered participants). I attempted this same marathon when I was 16 years old without any training. I made it the first ten miles (all uphill) and quit. I'm so proud that I completed it at 63 what I couldn't do at 16. It really is all in your head what you can and can't do. Wisdom comes with age.

Charles and me at the finish line, holding our Equinox Marathon patches. We were both super happy we came in under 8 hours. Our goal was to come in under 10 hours. 

Charles going down the Chute - the picture doesn't do it justice. Super steep downhill and rocky. He got two black toenails. This was in July when we did our trial run.

Testing out the five mile loop we missed in July. This was the day before the marathon.

 More of the 5-mile loop, two days before the marathon. It's so beautiful in Alaska. I miss it so much! 

More scenery on the 5-mile loop, which starts at mile 17. We drove to mile 17 two day before the marathon do do a few miles on the loop we missed during the trial run in July.

Me two days before the marathon. I really didn't do 13 miles that day, but we stopped by the sign. I did do 20 miles in our July trial run. See picture below. LOL!

 From our trial run in July, we really did do 20 miles that day. Then we quit and called a cab. I thought I was going to die, and we almost canceled doing the actual marathon in September. I was wiped out in this picture, as you can tell. Also, we ran out of water at mile 17 during our trial run. Which was really miserable

Another beautiful scenery picture on the trail in September. Oh how I love you Alaska!

Part of the road we had to hike up. It's a three-mile hill. This was a couple days before the marathon when we drove up. It doesn't look that steep, but trying to go up it after about 13 miles of through the woods, on rocky trails with tree roots that was all uphill, this was a killer!

I plan on posting a more in the near future. At least once a week, and the weekends. I have a lot to say, but not a lot of time. I forgot how fun it is to write, even if no one is reading it.

Note: a fun read about "walking" a marathon -- 5 reasons to commit to and walk a marathon by Carla Birndberg (formerly Miz Fit).


Lyn said...

Wow, that is a big accomplishment! Congratulations! So glad to see a post from you :)

MaryFran said...

I grinned the whole time I read this post!!!! Kudos to you (and him) for your accomplishment!!!!

And after seeing your pictures....Alaska just moved up on the list of places I must visit!!!

Lea said...

Glad to see a post. I check from time to time to see if you have an update!! Congratulations on completing the marathon!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool! congratulations and I've been a long time reader so it was nice to see this post. :) I will read your blog if you have fun posting

I've never been to Alaska, you make me want to see it!

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