• Location: Sioux Falls, SD
• Date: September 8, 2013
• Official Time: 3:54:54 (8:57 pace)
• Division Place: 12 out of 17
• Gender Place: 102 out of 314
• Overall Place: 159 out of 529
• Official Results
Foursquare check-ins provide encouragement at first marathon
Posted on September 13, 2013
When I arrived at Howard Wood Field for the start of the Sioux Falls Marathon, many thoughts and emotions came over me.
I was excited that the big race was finally here. I was nervous that my previous long run of only 16 miles might not be enough to push me to the finish line. I felt panic after realizing I had left my headphones at home. Weather reports of high humidity had me thinking that the finish of the race would be searing, leaving me sluggish and miserable.
One thing I never questioned, however, was my motivation to finish the race.
I had been training and mentally preparing for this race since January. After nine months of training, it was time to get the newbie marathoner monkey off my back, and push my worries and woes aside. It was time to prove that I could run 26.2, in spite of a mid-summer hip injury that laid me out for six weeks, significantly disrupting my training schedule.
To make a long story short, I finished the marathon. It took me 3 hours, 54 minutes, 54 seconds, but I finished.