In case you missed Part 1 of Breaking Down 26.2, I covered pre-race up through mile 4. Today’s post will take you through miles 5, 6, 7 and 8. These miles come with a lot of awesomeness as well as the “Oh S**T” moments.
By now you have found someone to run along side with and chat a bit with. Someone you find out who is also running their first marathon. You get so excited about this moment that you finally found a newbie, because in the crowd of 10,000 other runners you are the only rookie marathoner, I think not.
You start to chatter and realize damn that mile flew by.
As you approach the mile 6.2 (10k) timing map, you start to think …. “DAMN IT, they really put these things out here, I guess there goes my hopes of cheating and having someone give me a ride to somewhere along the course”.
You also start to realize that you are 10k into your first marathon, how awesome is that right?!?! Shortly after you will realize … “Oh S#!7, I still have 20 miles to go”.
At this point in the race you look down at your watch and notice it is time to start to throw down one of your Gels or Sports Beans or other source of calories you opted to go with for your run. Remember this is important to keep eating and have fuel to burn through the marathon. Whatever your training plan had you doing with nutrition along the course make sure you stick with it. I personally go with a fruit bar that I keep on me, rather than relying on what is out on the course.
Deciding to just go with what the race offers along the course could be a disaster if your tummy doesn’t like the certain gel that is on the course so be cautious and read up on what is actually going to be handed out. If you are uncertain or have not used it in training, race day is not the day to figure out if it will sit well for you.
Once you sort out your fueling in the last mile, you start to get a little more pep in your step as you continue your journey thinking once again how awesome this is. Around this mile you have some of your peeps cheering for you with some signs and cow bells hoping to motivate you to the finish. They have a sign that reads “Looking Good” and “Almost there”. While you appreciate the signage and support you think, looking good? I woke up at 4:30AM, that isn’t possible. Almost there?!?! I still have 18 miles to go, do the math!
Along this mile you realize that the official race photographer will be taking photos …. Whatever you do DO NOT walk when they are pointing the camera at you. 🙂
Here you go with your first 8 miles in the marathon. Next week I will cover you all the way through to the half way point of the marathon. The 13.1 mile mark where the party really starts!
What are you looking forward to the most in your first 26.2? If you have ran a marathon, do you have any suggestions on what to expect for the first 8 miles?