I didn’t get a picture of it, but only a few yards into the marathon there was a guy holding a sign that said… “<26.2.”
I ended up carrying my camera the whole 26.2 miles because I wanted to be able to document our entire marathon experience. I am really glad that I did too because it is definitely something we will never forget. I got as many of the mile marker signs as I could throughout the marathon, as well as, some of the scenery, as this was a great way to get to see the city of Baltimore.
Somehow we missed mile markers 1 and 2, probably because it was very crowded the first few miles. When we saw the 3 mile marker we were surprised we had already ran 3 miles, as it definitely did not feel like it.
The Maryland Zoo!
Wow! 4 miles in and feeling amazing!
Had an amazing view between miles 4 and 5,
so took a few pictures.
Druid Hill Park
Mile 5 with our clock time…we were at about 52 minutes chip time at this point.
(Clock time is when the gun goes off signaling the start of the marathon
and chip time is when we actually crossed the starting line.)
After the first 5 to 6 miles the marathon crowd started to thin out some more, which made it easier to keep a decent pace and allowed for some more photo opportunities.
Running through the streets of downtown Baltimore.
Woohoo…mile 10! And the crowd support was AMAZING!
They had several local schools out supporting and cheering us on.
This was one of my favorites that we passed!
Halfway, baby! 13.1 miles! And still feeling great!
Our chip time at this point was 2:24:05! We couldn’t believe we
had already been running for over 2 hours.
Archway to the other half of the marathon. The arch says,
“Welcome to the Midpoint. The Best is Yet to Come.”
At that point we believed it, but after mile 15, we weren’t so sure!
After the Inner Harbor we hit mile 15! We were still feeling pretty good at this point, but knew that we had some hills coming up very soon. So, we decided to stop for a quick picture and our first walk break. We were very proud that we made it 15 miles before taking our first walking break. Little did we know that this would be the first of many walk breaks throughout the last 11.2 miles.
Once again that is our clock time.
so we were keeping a decent pace.
Oh, and we have our names on our shirts, not so we could remember who we were, but for the fans. We read a blog and that blogger suggested that you put your name on your shirt. We were so glad that we took this advice because instead of the fans shouting out good job runners, etc., they would actually shout out our names, tell us to keep going, that we were looking strong, and that we could do this. I didn’t know how much having our names on our shirts would help, but it definitely gave us that extra push when we had complete strangers cheering us on! It was incredible!
We both felt amazing through the first 15 miles! Unfortunately this feeling didn’t last the whole marathon, but in reality we knew it wouldn’t, but one can hope, right?! Then, mile 16 hit, and so did the hills! This made the next 7 miles extremely difficult. It probably wouldn’t have been so bad, if we hadn’t already ran 15 miles, and if the wind wasn’t blowing 20 mph right into our face. And, it didn’t matter which direction we were running, the wind was still there!
One of the hills!
The other half of the hill! We didn’t think it was ever going to end!
But, the great thing about running up a hill, is that eventually you get to run downhill!
It was nice…while it lasted, which wasn’t long.
On this downhill stretch, we were lucky enough to run next to one of the relay runners, who was so awesome and asked if we would like a few pictures of us running. So, of course, we took her up on the offer! A big thank you to her for doing this while she was running as well!
And one from behind!
We could always tell when another hill was coming up because we could see the congestion. Those hills were brutal, but we survived them, by doing short walk breaks.
Another hill coming up!
Ahhh…mile 19, which seemed to take forever to get to because of the hills!
And here it is…another hill!
Mile 20! Only 6.2 miles to go!
But, those were probably the hardest 6.2 miles we have ever run!
Chip time at this point was 3:41:56, which goes to show just how
tough those last 6.2 miles really were, physically and mentally.
Mile 21…these miles are taking forever! But, at least we
had a beautiful view for miles 20 through 21 around
A little bit of a flat stretch at mile 23!
Woohoo…only 3.2 miles to go! We kept telling ourselves
that we could do this and then…
…another hill was upon us! At this point we thought we were
finished with all the hills, so it was a little disheartening
to see, yet another, hill!
Although the hills were really getting to us, we knew we had come way too far to stop now. Even though we had to stop and take a few more walk breaks than we wanted too, we both knew that we were going to finish this marathon, and we were going to do it together! We passed the infamous Gummy Bear guy, which gave us just that little bit extra to finish the last couple of miles. The Gummy Bear guy stands out there every year and holds a tray of gummy bears, a $1,000 worth, for all the runners. Who knew gummy bears would taste so good after running 24 miles?! After the Gummy Bear guy…we saw…
Mile 25….only 1.2 miles to go!
Seeing this sign was overwhelming and the tears started to well up in my eyes. This was where it really started to hit me that we were really going to do this! So, the next 1.2 miles were emotional, but it was the best feeling ever!
Running the last full mile of the marathon through Camden Yards!
Inside Camden Yards!
Almost through Camden Yards and hitting the home stretch!
The end is in sight!
We FINISHED our first marathon!
Our official chip time was 5:07:17!
Rob with his medal, and of course,
some much needed and deserved water!
Me with my medal and some water!
An up close picture of our medal!
We got them both engraved after the marathon with our
name and finishing time!
We set a new PR for distance and time for the both of us. We actually finished under our original time goal of 5:15, which is what we figured we would finish in when we started our training.
What an amazing experience! I am not sure how else to describe it, other than, it was the most amazing, yet hardest thing we have ever done! But, it was so worth it! And, yes, we are going to do it again…just not sure when our next marathon will be yet!