Early on Sunday morning, December 4th, I was at the start line of my first marathon. The California International Marathon (CIM) to be exact. There were a lot of circumstances and miles that led me to this point but I will save that for a future post. This story is about the experience.
I was running with my brother-in-law, Mike. Well, in reality I was only starting with him since he would finish an hour faster than me. We decided to make it a weekend get away so both families headed to Folsom on Friday.
|Mike and I at the Expo|
On race day, the weather was perfect with sunshine and cool temperatures! I chose to wear my long-sleeve Let’s Run Paris shirt. I’ve had so much fun running with this group when I’m in Paris and I knew their spirit would help me succeed.
At 5:10 a.m. we walked across to street to catch the bus to the start. Once our bus was full we were off and you could hear the excited chatter of people on their way to a big adventure. There was a coffee shop at the start so we grabbed a coffee and waited. At 6:40 a.m., we took off everything that was keeping us warm, shoved it in a bag, and headed for the official start line.
Since my goal was 4:15, I lined up between the 4:08 and 4:23 pace groups. However, since this was my first marathon I had decided not to join any pace group. I wanted to run at my own pace based on how I was feeling at the moment.
|Mile 23 (thanks Jasin!)|
The course was beautiful with gentle rolling hills and thousands of spectators cheering us along. I got high fives and touched homemade signs saying they would give me power. I managed to stay at a relaxed pace that allowed me to enjoy the trip. All-in-all, I was having a great time and was enjoying the experience.
|With my medal!!!|
Overall, it was a great experience and I may do another marathon in the future. However, not in 2017. I miss my bikes so next year will be rededicated to cycling and I can’t wait to see what new adventures will come my way.