26.2


As you may have read, the night before the Marathon I was feeling very anxious. I was nervous about my knee injury that had happened the week before, and just wondering if I could really do this. My body, my mind, could I do this?

Running the Marathon with me was my older brother Ben, my Dad, my brother-in-law Justin, my little sister Sarah and her husband Sam. Justin flew in from Canada and had a couple of friends with him running it as well. As luck would have it, there were a few family friends from San Diego from the ward I grew up in that were running it too. It made for a fun group :)

The night before the Marathon we had a big dinner full of lots of spaghetti, bread, cookies... pretty much all the carbohydrates that I could fit in my body! I felt like I hadn't drank enough water so without even thinking before I went to bed I drank about 6 glasses of water. Bad. Idea.
I couldn't fall asleep because I had to pee about every 15 minutes, giving me a total of three hours of sleep before my alarm went off at 3:00 a.m. to get up and get ready for the Marathon. Having almost no sleep didn't seem to slow me down because I was just so anxious. I got up, stretched, got dressed, ate my bagel and headed out to meet my family at the buses that would be taking us up to the starting line.

Breaking in our gloves for tomorrow morning!

The start of the race was my favorite part of the whole experience, yes even better then the finish line. They had about 20 fire pits going, tons of food, music blasting and everyone is so excited. You could feel the adrenaline. My brother-in-law Justin is always super outgoing and his excitement made it even better. After we had taken off our sweats and went to the bathroom as many times as we could manage, the race started!

 
My Dad and I had done a lot of our practice runs together and found that we were usually the same pace, so we figured we would start the Marathon together, but no one was going to wait for anyone else if the other fell behind, we all wanted to get the best time we could.

It became a blessing that my Dad and I stuck together the whole race! We both agreed that having each other there helped us each do our best. When I was feeling weak he was feeling strong, and when I was strong, he was feeling weak. It was a great balance to have during the race and kind of made the experience even that much sweeter. I felt like I had come full circle since we had trained so much together and were able to run the whole Marathon together.

We were doing great, and didn't have to stop (minus walking right on through the aid stations for water etc.) at any part of the race until after mile 21. Then the notorious wall everyone talks about hit. Mile 22-26 were the hardest thing I have ever done in my life! I have heard several people talk about how they get really emotional at the end of the race and are crying when they cross the finish line. I didn't cry when I crossed the finish line, but I did get emotional at mile 24. For me mile 24 was it. I was done. I was tired, and I used every ounce of what I had left in me and I got a little teary as I told my Dad I couldn't do anymore. I had to just stop and tell myself to get it together.

Although it was excruciating mentally to have to tell my body it was not done and to keep it up, I  was able to regroup it to the point where we finished the Marathon. I always knew I would finish, but those last couple miles sure do play tricks on you. I was just so dang happy to be finished, and so was my Dad. The end was hard for us, but we both crossed the finish line holding hands with smiles on our faces as they announced our names.

WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! What a mind trip, and talk about pushing your body further then you ever thought it could go!

Not only was my entire family there but so was Trevor's family. Such a great feeling to be surrounded by friends and family :) After the race I headed home to get a shower while I could still manage to somewhat walk - you think I am joking - ha. We ended the night off having a big joint family BBQ full of amazing food and gorgeous views of the red mountains to match. Such a great weekend :) I wish I had picture of the beautiful red rocks we got to see on our run, despite the pain, I did take moments to enjoy them :) 

 I was just a tad excited to see my family haha :)

 P.S. I still can't walk properly...


99 comments

  1. What an awesome experience--Congratulations!!!! Huge accomplishment:) I just did my first half marathon and the feeling of finishing was more than I had imagined--hoping to run a full next year. Awesome awesome awesome for you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is amazing, and so impressive!! Great work! Now go rest up for a few days :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats - what a beautiful place to run!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congrats! Miles 22-26 are definitely the hardest. It is incredible how much we can push our bodies... and totally a mind trip. When I did my marathon there was a little battle in my head going on saying "you can't do it, quit...no you can do it keep going" It is great to know you have completed such a great accomplishment!
    XO,
    Whitney
    http://somethingbroughtyouhere.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  5. That is such an amazing accomplishment! I have suffered from severe asthma most of my life and my good runs might last 3 miles until I have to stop and let my lungs rest. I couldn't imagine 26.2! I also think it's great you did that with your dad. You two will both always have that special memory! :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations girl! Yes, I think everyone feels that way around mile 21. You DID it. So exciting! xoxo wear that medal proudly!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I seriously teared up thinking of you and your dad crossing the finish line together. What an amazing accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wooohooo! Congratulations!!!! I know that I could NEVER run a marathon!! Dang. I am scared of a 5k! I know a 50 some y/o man that has been doing marathons most of his life. :-/ Congrats again! <3

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow! Well done. Such an achievement. Quite an emotional read too. I am actually sitting here thinking of digging out my trainers. I feel a little inspired :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congratulations, that really is such an awesome accomplishment!

    creamyclothes.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Congrats to you! Now you deserve this necklace!!!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/109720850/endurance-definition-necklace-marathon

    I don't think I'll ever even try...

    ReplyDelete
  12. congratulations on completing it and on the knee holding up! what an achievement! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yaaa!!! Congrats girl! Such an accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congrats to you that is a huge accomplishment! So cool you did it as a family

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congratulations on finishing dear! I'm not sure I could last that long in a race...maybe a mile. Maybe. It's a pretty big accomplishment! I don't blame you for being a "tad excited" :D Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Loved reading your Race Post!! You Go Girl!! So glad you were able to run with Family and Friends!! That right there makes it all worth it. I didn't cry at the finish line either. I hit my wall at mile 20 and my best friend showed up to run with me for a mile or two.....It's amazing how family and friends can help us over come the battles in our heads.
    Now go run a half marathon.....it's AMAZING!! after you have done a full.....enjoying a HALF is wonderful!
    Congrats again!! You Rock!!

    -Leslee-
    leslee.wilson@gmail.com
    keeprunningonestepatatime.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was having that exact thought about doing a half later and how easy that will be! haha Once my knees heal up I def plan on doing one :)!

      Delete
  17. Such an awesome accomplishment!! And how amazing that you had so much family around you for this experience. It pretty much sounds like the perfect marathon experience (well...except for mile 24...but the struggle is part of it, right?!)

    Good job girl!
    XO - Marion

    ReplyDelete
  18. thats so awesome. my mom actually does the st george every year. shes done it close to 20 times i think, she even did it one year when she was prego! sadly this year she was injured shortly before so she couldn't do it. but this just brings back so many good memories of my mom. im trying to decide if i want to do the st george half with my sister or not. any tips? should i do it?

    also, do i need to email you for the giveaway or is there anything i need to do? let me know cute girl.

    K

    ReplyDelete
  19. you are amazing, girl! I don't think I could EVER run a marathon. :P sounds like you made a lot of good memories. <3
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  20. Way to go! I can't even imagine...

    ReplyDelete
  21. What an amazing accomplishment for you and your family! So awesome that you and your dad ran the whole marathon together. Someday I would love to do a marathon!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Amaaaazing! I look up to you so much! Congrats on such an amazing accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  23. way to go!! that is such an awesome accomplishment. crossing that finish line is the greatest feeling, congrats!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Congrats!!! Such a big accomplishment. I have run 2 half's and I'm doing another in March. Marathon running is no joke!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. What an experience! It looks like fun and I am super proud that you finished it. I would not even have made it past mile 8 haha
    Great Job Alycia!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I am so unbelievably proud of you, and I'm so glad that you got to run it with your dad! I wish that my dad's knees weren't shot so we could run a race together, even a 5k would make me happy! I'm seriously so proud of you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I am so unbelievably proud of you, and I'm so glad that you got to run it with your dad! I wish that my dad's knees weren't shot so we could run a race together, even a 5k would make me happy! I'm seriously so proud of you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. That is such a neat experience! Finishing 26.2 miles is amazing! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  29. This is soo awesome Alycia!! So happy for you! :) And how amazing to be able to do this with your family!

    ReplyDelete
  30. wow! way to go! you are amazing! thats so fun you ran the entire thing with your dad! what a cool metal!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Congratulations! Such an amazing accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I'm so proud of you! The 10 Miler I ran in college kicked my butt and I had no idea what I was doing. I did NOT train properly and running the whole way was the hardest physical thing I'd ever done. And you ran 26.2 miles!!! What a rockstar!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Way to go!!! What an awesome experience to share with your family! PS, you are just gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Congrats Alycia! What an amazing experience...and to be able to do it with your dad by your side, gosh it made me teary eyed. ha!

    ReplyDelete
  35. You're amazing! I am registered for my first marathon in March, you have no idea how inspirational this post is- THANK YOU for writing it!

    ReplyDelete
  36. That was so cool to read your experience! Thanks for sharing, girl! I'm doing a couch to 5k, and can't even imagine doing a marathon, but it is definitely a goal of mine (one day!) WAY TO GO, Alycia!!! :D

    ReplyDelete
  37. Such an amazing accomplishment! I'd be curious to hear if you would run another one? I ran one in 2006 and retired from that. lol I'll stick to the halves. lol

    ReplyDelete
  38. You are getting me so excited for my marathon coming up! :)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Hey, I'm so proud of you! And I was totally reliving my own marathon experience as I was reading through everything that you went through. My husband ran it with me, and he also hadn't planned to run by my side the whole time, but we were SOOOO grateful those last 6 miles that we had stuck together because we really did need that extra push from having someone right next to us.

    Running a marathon is one of the things I'm most proud of having done in my life, and even though it will probably be a LONG time before I ever attempt it again (if I ever do), it is an experience I will be forever grateful for since it showed me that I'm much tougher than I think I am.

    Thanks for being an inspiration to all, and you look so great in all your pictures! Woot woot for having done this!!

    http://autodidacticambitions.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love how there is a connection between people almost instantly when they tell you they have ran one because it is like you both just know what you both went through :) Congrats to you!

      Delete
  40. What an incredible experience for you and your dad to run the whole race together!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Congrats on finishing! It looks like it was a ton of fun!
    -meandmr.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. You are amazing!! What an incredible and inspirational experience!! I just started running a couple of weeks ago and I can't even imagine doing 26.2 miles! Maybe someday I'll get there! Haha.

    ReplyDelete
  43. SO awesome! Go you girl! I love the picture of you and your dad holding hands and crossing together- LOVE!

    ReplyDelete
  44. You go girl. How did you look so good after running a freaking marathon. I would've looked a hot mess! Ps. Your hair looks soo good!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the pictures---and yes, your legs will go back to normal soon---been there, done that---no easy feat to walk the day after:)

    -Julie
    www.thechirpingmoms.com

    ReplyDelete
  46. the paragraph about you and your dad sticking it out together kinda made me tear up (that is weird of me, right?) anyways, congrats congrats congrats! what an accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  47. This is amazing! You're amazing! What an awesome accomplishment. I had knee surgery last year and I've been training my little bum off trying to get it back to normal. It's so emotional because I used to run track and now I can barely run 2 miles! So this makes me want to keep working at it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. This is seriously SUCH a huge accomplishment! SO PROUD OF YOU! I can't even imagine what that would be like! I am shooting to do a half marathon in January and the thought of it getting me anxious!

    Love the bond that you have with your Dad, running together and keeping each other going and strong! Incredible girl!

    What a great experience to cherish forever! :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. That is amazing! Made me a little emotional for you. And you are so freaking beautiful! :)

    ReplyDelete
  50. This looks like so much fun! I love your bright pinkness! I'm running my first half marathon in February!

    ReplyDelete
  51. You go girl! This post makes me get emotional, I KNOW THE FEELING! that is so great that you got to do the whole thing with your dad!! So awesome!
    -kar

    ReplyDelete
  52. Wow! How awesome! I would love to do a marathon someday. Every person I read about who does one makes me so inspired to do it someday! Way to go!
    Alesha <3

    ReplyDelete
  53. GREAT JOB! congratulations on doing something so super hard!

    and by the way...I am absolutely LOVING your hair lately! I seriously love it straight and bang-less. it looks so pretty! you are so pretty! <3

    ReplyDelete
  54. WAY TO GO!!! I love to read about racing experiences. Glad you didn't have any issues with your knee. I haven't done a full marathon yet, but I felt the same way when I had about 2 1/2 miles left of my half marathon....I could see the finish line but it NEVER. GOT. CLOSER. and it was so hard to push through. What an accomplishment! I commend you for all the time it takes to train for one of those things.

    ReplyDelete
  55. High five to you for running a marathon with a knee injury! It looks like you and your family had a blast! You look beautiful in all your photos! xo

    ReplyDelete
  56. what a great experience! so nice that you ran with your dad :)

    ReplyDelete
  57. Amazing! You did it! What an experience. The story of you and your dad is so sweet and something you'll remember forever. How fun. You did something i could never do. I admire your for that. way to be!

    ReplyDelete
  58. I always knew you were a little crazy... this confirms my suspicions. Really though, I am impressed. Way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  59. You go girl! What an exciting experience. I'm so glad you were able to do it! Awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Congratulations. That is such an awesome achievement!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Way to go! I really wanted to run a marathon with my dad back in high school, but I developed pneumonia while training and he hurt his knee. Oh well! So glad you did it.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Congrats!! I bet you feel such a sense of accomplishment. :) I know I did just doing a 5k... I can't imagine the strength/guts/determination it would take to do a marathon! Way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  63. You are amazing! This almost makes me want to run a marathon...almost.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Congratulations on pushing through and finishing! Your family is so darn cute too :D

    ReplyDelete
  65. Congratulations on running a marathon! What an awesome feeling that must be. I've only gotten as far as a half marathon and am thinking about tackling it at some point ... thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  66. I bet that was an awesome feeling running across the finish line - good for you!!

    fashionable footprints
    fashionable footprints (facebook)

    ReplyDelete
  67. That is just awesome, congrats! I started running after I had my son but have stopped with this pregnancy. I hope to pick it up again after this babe comes.

    P.s you & your dad are adorable running across the finish line! Congrats again.

    ReplyDelete
  68. GREAT JOB... I'M DOING A 5K IN NOV FOR KIDNEY WALK. STARTING SMALL BUT ITS FOR A GREAT CUS

    ReplyDelete
  69. Yay! So very proud of you :) What an accomplishment!

    ReplyDelete
  70. way to do it! I've cheered on friends + siblings for numerous marathons and I've never left without crying tears of pride for everyone crossing the finish line. what a cool thing do have accomplished!

    ReplyDelete
  71. congrats girl! what an amazing memory you'll always have of running a marathon with your daddy! love it!

    ReplyDelete
  72. Congrats!! Way to stay strong. Your experience almost makes me want to run a marathon...almost. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  73. great job!!! that is such a huge accomplishment! please tell me how you still managed to look cute at the end of it!?

    ReplyDelete
  74. oh my gosh! congrats! it must feel SO good to accomplish that. i just started running this summer and have running a marathon on my bucket list!

    ReplyDelete
  75. congrats!!! such an amazing accomplishment :)

    ReplyDelete
  76. That's so awesome!!! Congrats, enjoy the reward...even if you're reminded of it every time you walk haha

    ReplyDelete
  77. Congrats gal! What an incredible experience!!!

    ReplyDelete
  78. Awesome! I admire anyone who runs a marathon so much. When I had my first baby naturally I felt like I was preparing mentally for a marathon, so I can kinda relate in that way. You know, minus any actual physical training or effort!

    ReplyDelete
  79. I'm not sure I'd ever be able to walk properly again after running a marathon. No, I kid... but seriously, how amazing that our bodies can push that far?! What a memory crossing the line with your dad too.

    ReplyDelete
  80. what a huge accomplishment!! do you want to do another one? (btw..thanks so much for stopping by my blog!).

    ReplyDelete
  81. This is beyond impressive to me! I can't even run around our block:) Just found your blog. Love it!
    xo, amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

    ReplyDelete
  82. what a wonderful experience, specially because you shared it with your family, loved this post!

    ReplyDelete
  83. how do you even look that good after running? holy cow.

    ReplyDelete
  84. this is amazing, you and your family are amazing, well done!!

    ReplyDelete
  85. Awesome accomplishment! My almost 50 year old mother is training for a half-marathon. I would love to run across the finish line with her like you guys did. Good job!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is great! Isn't it amazing?! My Dad is almost 55 and was in just as good of running shape as ME!

      Delete
  86. ugg just thinking about this makes my stomach churn, haha. Good job! And you look amazing for just running so far in your pics! I think i would look like i rolled around in trash ;)

    ReplyDelete
  87. So cool. I really admire you for doing that. Well done!

    ReplyDelete

  88. Hello to the viewers on this site i have found a real spell caster (Dr Brave).

    My name is Kelsey Jordan from Canada and I have been married to my husband for 24 years and live with him for 4 years before our marriage which made it all total of 28 years together. we have a wonderful daughter who we both love dearly, my husband went to work in New York because he could not find work in our home state. while I was the only one working and taking care of our child back here in NC and was preparing to move down to NY so she could school at Stony Brook University and we all would be together again, then I found out that he is cheating on me, when I confront him he lied and lied over and over again, and he keep on telling me that I need help that some thing is wrong with me and he is there to work and to keep us happy and making preparation for us to move, and I only accusing him, until one day when my husband's sister called and told me everything I was saying for 18 months and that my husband is having an affair with her cousin and it's hurt her to see all this because I was the one suffering from all this, but he keep on denied all of it. till when i saw a testimony online were Dr.Brave stop someone husband from cheating on his wife and I also contacted him for help because I had no other choice, after I wrote him i was told what was wrong with my husband that make him cheat on me all the time and that he have been doing this for a very long time even before he left NC for NY, funny enough Dr.Brave told me that it will not take more than three days, that after the spell have been casted that my husband will change totally and show me love like never before and that he has the money to make preparation for us to come over to NY to join him, but he have refused because of his cheating habits, and to my surprise it all happened exactly the same way he had said it would three days after the spell was casted. My husband called me asking for forgiveness and told me that all my suspicion was correct and that he was sorry for everything he had done in the past and that he would start with the preparation for us to come down to NY to meet him with our daughter asap, now i having a wonderful marriage today because of Dr.Brave, I and my husband are now living happily together with our daughter in Ny and he have change totally, he now show me love, buy gifts when coming back from work and take care of me and the daughter like never before. i will always share this testimony to the whole world, so that anybody out there with the same problem can be saved, if you need any help in your marriage life you can contact Dr.Brave on his private mail.. bravespellcaster@gmail.com, he will help you out, there's nothing too big for him.

    ReplyDelete

  89. How to Get an Ex Back
    My boyfriend broke up with me its been 4 days now. We have been dating sense he was 18 and I was 22. She has just know turned 21. We have been dating for 3 years and 2 and half months. Through the years we have had a really good relationship it was serious and we really wanted to be with each other forever. Of course we had are arguments but nothing too bad. I know that these past 3 months I had taken him for granted thinking he would always be there but was wrong. he told me he didn’t want to be in a relationship that he wanted to take time with himself. But he was still kissin me and hugging me and telling me that he will always love me and I hold a special place in her heart. I realized that right before he done this that I needed to get my act together but I guess was too late. I really love this boy there is something different about him he is the love of my life and I want us to have a better relationship then ever before and I wouldn’t ever take him for granted ever again I really do want to marry this boy and he wanted that too but idk how to get him back with out being clingy and desperate. Obviously he needs his space because he cheated on me and this time I really need help to bring him back and marry me, one day i was searching online and i saw a good testimony of how Dr Joy a real Africa spell caster help to restored back broken marriage, getting ex back, fix broken relationship. so i copy his email via??? joylovespell@gmail.com and told him all my problems so he ask me not to worry that my problem are solve that with 2 days, i will get him back which i believe in and put all my hope on and to my greatest notice, after the spell my boyfriend who broke up with me gave me a call to apology and feel so sorry for what he did so my dear ones that is how i got my boyfriend back with the help of Dr joy the real spell caster so also email him now on via joylovespell@gmail.com????

    ReplyDelete

Howdy Ho :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have enabled the forum feature on my comments so we can all interact in conversation. So if you leave a question, look back for a reply!