This past Sunday I completed my first marathon ever. The San Francisco Marathon. The course was tough but beautiful and I'm glad to say that I joined club 26.2 on this course. Having grown up in the area I have many fond memories of the city. Running across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Golden Gate Park as well as the surrounding areas gave me the inspiration I needed to cross the finish line in 4:40. While I may not have been the fastest runner out there, I think I was certainly having the most fun. I did train enough for the hills. Running up..no problem. Running down..wow, quads sure felt it. But I loved the challenge.
One emotion I did not expect to feel is depression and/or sadness. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of bummed that the whole experience is over. The past 7 months I have dedicated myself to this event. Now it's over. I did sign up for the Huntington Beach Marathon in February 2011 and that has helped somewhat but I really do miss the routine I was on for this event. On to the next challenge.
I will also be running the Long Beach Half Marathon in October of this year. Then when I cross the finish line in Huntington Beach, I'll be able to pick up my California Dreamin' Series medal as well.
Thanks to all the friends I made on Twitter that provided encouragement as well as my family (especially my wife). Could not have done this event without you.