Wow. Des Moines was so good to me.
I had a PR in the marathon by over 28 minutes, making it my first sub 3-hour 30-minute marathon.
The course was fantastic, the weather was perfect, the entertainment along the course was delightful, and the food spread at the finish line was indulgent.
My official time was 3 hours, 26 minutes, 45 seconds. I was able to stick to my race strategy and ended up running a negative half marathon split. More stats can be found here.
Oh, and I got the 26.2 Foursquare badge, to boot. That was an added bonus as I was under the impression that badge had been retired.
Words cannot describe how I was feeling as I made the final turn onto Locust Street. The finish line was in view. I was overwhelmed with emotion as I knew my time was going to be under 3:30. I worked so hard for the past 11 months for that exact moment, and when it finally came, I could not help but weep like a baby (tears of joy, of course).
I have so much thanks for the support I receive from Megan, my lady, and my mom, who drove me to Des Moines, purchased the hotel for the night and cheered me on every step of the way.
I highly recommend this race to other marathoners for it’s speed and the genuine beauty the city of Des Moines presents. I will likely miss this race next year as I plan to run Chicago, but I will most certainly be back in the future.
Race website: DesMoinesMarathon.com