I did it! I finished my first marathon! And I smiled for all the race photographers!
I already wrote about the expo and getting to the start. I left off just as I was waving goodbye to Mickey and starting on my Marathon journey. This is going to be long. Read what you’d like, but I’m putting it all out there to look back on later, and for first time marathoners.
I included my splits from my Garmin in the recap, and I’ve also got a bunch of thoughts down below as well. For now, I thought I’d start with the race recap every few miles. I didn’t bring my camera with me, but I’ll share the official race photos that I bought in another post (they’re not ready to download yet and I wanted to share this). Tim snapped a video of me in the Magic Kingdom, so that is in this post.
As I started, the temperature was around 65*, and the humidity was 100%. It was not ideal running weather.
People had told me before the race that for the first few miles my legs would feel amazing and I would have to hold myself back. I had experienced it before in previous races that I had trained and tapered for, so I knew what it should feel like. Disappointment ensued when I realized that my legs didn’t feel like that at all. The first two to three miles included some serious weaving around people going a pace quite a bit slower than what I wanted to be going. When I was able to get into any rhythm at all I’d feel like I was going too fast, look down, and see a 9:40 or 9:50 on my watch. That pace on long runs had been easy peasy, and many of my long runs averaged at least 20-30 seconds faster than that.
I had two thoughts during these first couple of miles:
a. My Garmin must be picking up satellite from someone else’s pace. There’s no way that a 9:45 feels like this right now.
b. Oh no. It’s humid. This is going to be a long race.
When I hit mile one on my Garmin and was already a little bit before mile marker one on the course, I knew the weaving had been pretty serious. When I saw that I had run that mile in 9:49, I realized my Garmin was not in fact picking up someone else’s signal. And when I thought about how I felt, I just decided that even if this pace didn’t feel easy at first, it would probably start to feel easier later (LIES!).