PC: Why Racing Events
Why did you sign up to do this race?
I was originally registered for a few other marathons, but always had to drop out or drop to the half due to time limits. I registered for the PeaceHealth AppleTree Marathon most of all because it was 1) an 8 hour limit and 2) I did my first 5k, 10k, and half in the PNW. It felt right to do my first marathon there as well.
How did you feel once you crossed the finish line?
This photo of me sums up my feeling as I crossed. I had a few moments of feeling so proud of being done — like any other race. And then it sunk in. I had just completed a marathon. I am a marathoner. I allowed the emotions to flow, but knew I needed to keep walking and allow my body to cool down after 7 hours of pushing it beyond its limits.
What would you say was the hardest challenge in this race?
The hardest challenge overall with my marathon was physical — I have been fighting sciatica, a bulging L5 disc, and other injuries for years. They all flared up because I hadn’t properly trained, nor listened to my doctor who was hesitant of me doing this race.
What was the most rewarding thing about completing this run?
The most rewarding came with every mile I completed after mile 13. I would “celebrate” by running at the mile marker signs, proving to the many that doubted me that I was doing it. I was about to be a marathoner.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that helped you throughout your training?
I have had many people support me during training — my TeamRWB group, my running friends, my amazing boyfriend but the driving force that got me through training and gets me through all runs: my daughter. I never want to disappoint her, and proved to her and me it can be done.
Any final words of encouragement and thoughts you’d like to share?
I have so many words of encouragement and thoughts. First, do what makes YOU happy. If running a marathon isn’t your thing, don’t do it. Find joy in everything in life: learn the lesson you are being taught and absorb it. If you truly believe in yourself and your abilities, ANYTHING can happen. I didn’t train properly, I didn’t have friends lining up along the race course to cheer me on, I didn’t die.
I am just a girl doing her thing, proving the haters and the doubters wrong, and most of all enjoying this one life I have been given… one mile at a time.
You can follow Sarah’s journey: The Shrinking Taco.