After training for over 5 months, I completed my first marathon in Dallas, Texas at the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon on December 14th. Here is a recap of the day before and day of my race. Do you want to train for a marathon? Check out some of my marathon training tips to help get you started.
Dallas Marathon Pre-Race
Before the race, I picked up my packet and race bib at the expo. I was so excited to run into a few of my marathon friends. They gave me a pep talk to ease some of my fears.
When I returned home, I made sure to lay out my outfit for the morning before leaving for the National Black Marathoners Dinner Meetup. I began to feel nervous and anxious to finish the race.
I had a great time connecting with my fellow runners. I set my alarm for 6:00 a.m. and planned to leave the house by 6:30 a.m. since the race started at 8:05 a.m.
Race Day Morning, Sunday December 14
I woke up tired and nervous. I drank a cup of hot water mixed with lemon and ginger followed by a cup of coconut water to make sure I was hydrated. For food, I always eat Ezekiel bread topped nut butter and some honey.
The energy was contagious! After watching the huge monitor for the countdown, there was a rush of cheers and a small firework show. As the gun went off. I vowed that I would complete the marathon even if I had to walk the last few miles and limp crossing the finish line.
On the run I saw so many people I knew, which was comforting. I also ran into the local Dallas BGR group during the hilly section of the course called “Dolly Parton Hills.” We stopped to take photos with the guys who dressed up as Dolly. I am very grateful for the Southsider’s Running Club who stayed the entire time to cheer and support so many fellow runners. Unfortunately, I can’t find the photo I took with them. Boo!
I personally hate running in the rain but the fear of the marathon being cancelled because of lightening helped motivate me to finish the race faster. To be honest, I ran 15 of the 26 miles in the pouring rain. My phone died along the way so I missed a lot of photos.
After finishing the race, I was asked how I felt. You can view the short click of me crossing the finish line to answer that question. Overall, I am still in shock about the race and can’t believe I am a marathoner. Maybe I will do another marathon. Maybe not. Who knows. Thanks so much to everyone who supported me along the journey.