I did it!
A week ago I actually ran the full marathon distance... 26.2 grueling miles. It was my last long training run before my first marathon race down in San Diego June 5th. Usually runners don't actually run the full distance before running a marathon race. Typically you run multiple 20 milers or a 22 miler. Because I am doing the Jeff Galloway run-walk method though, he recommends doing the full 26 mile distance so you can mentally prepare and know you can go that far.
I was incredibly nervous and in my mind I kept thinking... there is no way I'll be able to do this by myself. Who in their right mind gets up on a Sunday morning and just runs a marathon?
Apparently, I do :)
When I hit the 26.2 mile distance on my garmin I was right at the edge of the cul-de-sac near my house and I instantly broke into tears.
I had officially run the full marathon distance and I managed to do it under 6 hours! I clocked the marathon at 5 hours 53 minutes. I am truly amazed that just a year ago I had only begun my running journey... just look at me now. :) I can't wait to run San Diego and get my first marathon medal! I will undoubtedly cry tears of joy again.