Today I feel accomplished after I finished my first long distance run. Months of training, many friends invites refused and a lot of sweat. So far I haven’t ran more than 20 km, but this time I had double up the distance and run 42km. Let’s see how I did it.
Denmark has a well known sport culture with a long tradition. This year took place the 36th marathon of Copenhagen where almost 12.000 runners attend. I aligned at the start with a humble scope: finish the race within 6 hours and not walk !
After 3 km I start having an awful pain in my legs and I had to stop for a moment. I hided beyond an advertising street panel, because I was ashamed of my premature break. After stop I was feeling awful for such a bad start and naturally I started to look after good excuses… Taking into consideration that the day before I felt a pain in my shin like a needle piercing my skin, I got real excuses… The message of misery visited me, and I thought that I will never finish this race. I didn’t had the time for this unexpected guest and I decided to run ! That was the reason why I came here !
Me, finding a reason to keep going in the second part of the 42 km race.
After “hitting the wall”, slowly my pain was gone and I found my rhythm. I stopped at each water station took my time, drank a cup of water and electrolyte drink that fueled the machinery. I tried keep my mind busy with other tasks such exchange smiles at people, look at the landscape and enjoy the overall run. The route was filled with supporters and various hot spots and stages with DJ’s, live bands, singers and other entertainers that motivated us along the way.
I passed the finish line, victorious. I marked another life achievement that diversify my portfolio.
My athletic good genes
In finish zone I meet with other co-nationals that came in Copenhagen just for this event. I took them in Christiania where we went in a small tour which combined really well stretching, discovery and socializing.
Now I’m sitting on the armchair looking at my foot blisters and my first medal. This are the aftermaths, it’s part of the process. After the semi marathon in April I completed a full marathon in 4:09:50 h. In less than month I doubled my distance !
I think muscle fever is to mainstream for my body, I do have a pain at my back, but the legs are just fine. I will take a 1 week break, and then start again my casual maintenance running.