This is What My Happy Looks Like
|May 2, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
First things first, I am beyond grateful for the overwhelming amount of messages I’ve received since crossing the finish line on Sunday. No less than a PR worthy of HugeEug standards has been set as I’ve continued to receive amazingly heartwarming comments, tweets, gchats, texts, emails, phone calls, facebook messages and IRL hugs and high fives. I’ve read every single one about 12 times, no lie, and I’m pretty sure my mom has them printed out to be sent to family and friends with this year’s family Christmas card.
As I traveled home for12 hours (yes, TWELVE hours) in multiple cars and more airplanes than should be FAA approved for a single day of travel, I kept smiling as the messages continued to roll in.
So again, thank you times a billion. It’s nice to have a group of friends (I’m going to go ahead and call everyone who has congratulated me a friend, hope that’s cool) who understand what it means to drop 20 minutes off your marathon PR and run a time you never thought possible. I’ve been a little irrationally upset when everyone I’ve encountered in the last few days has not immediately asked me if I traveled to Eugene to run a marathon, and if so, how did I do, and can I please share my time with anyone within earshot. Like no, friendly grocery bagger, I do not need paper or plastic, I brought my own reusable bags, now can you please ask me the more important question, like “what is your marathon PR?” Or, sorry TSA security man, so careless of me to leave gels in my carry on. You know why I’m carrying gels? Because I ran a marathon. Go ahead, ask me how I did. And while I appreciated the super sweet flight attendant who asked me “how long was the marathon?” and told me how proud she was of me as I stretched my quads in the back of the plane, something tells me, she just didn’t get it. But you guys…man, you guys GET IT. I love it. So, thanks for that.
I still haven’t processed the experience. I’m in a state of giddy, overwhelmed disbelief. It hasn’t hit me that I accomplished something that I never thought I would…ever do, nevermind in that particular marathon. For .0001 seconds I thought about quitting the marathon distance since I’ll never have a race as magical as Eugene ever again. And then that ridiculous thought got trampled by the part of me that’s already thinking about what’s next and frantically pegging new goals to aim for.
Since I posted my race report, I’ve managed to procure a few pictures from the race. Most of these are courtesy of the best dressed spectator on the course.
And while you would think it’s impossible to miss spotting a giant banana, I was totally oblivious to the fact that most of these were being taken.
So don’t be fooled by the crazy happy look I’m sporting in every shot. While it may look like I brushed up on my “How to Take Smiley Race Photos” literature prior to the race, I really was just that thrilled to be racing a marathon.
Especially the part at Hayward.
They could have had us run 26.2 loops of the track and I’d still be grinning like a fool.
My legs might be close to not functioning, but my top moments in life will forever include rounding Pre’s track to finish the best race ever.
I know it’s tough to tell, but TRUST ME, I am smiling in this next one. Okay, maybe also crying, but definitely smiling at least a little.
I’ll write more about my post-race feelings as soon as I know what they are. Trust me, you’ll be the first to know, whether you like it or not. For now, I’m busy moving apartments (because in some delusional state, I thought setting a move in date immediately after a marathon was an excellent idea) and lacing back up for my first post-marathon run tonight. It might take me as long to cover 5 miles today as it did to run the marathon on Sunday, but I’m pumped to get back out there.