Finishing the BMW Dallas Marathon was a huge milestone for me for a few reasons. For those of you new to my blog, this 2016 Dallas Marathon was actually the FIRST MARATHON I’ve ever participated in. I also just completed my first half marathon earlier in the year. Let me tell you though, there is a huge difference between 26.2 miles and 13.1! Finishing the BMW Dallas Marathon is one of my greatest personal achievements thus far. Let’s get into it!
Where Did This Whole Running A Marathon Thing Start For Me
I think I should explain myself here. I’m sure many others went through a similar thought process. I got the idea of finishing the BMW Dallas Marathon into my head shortly after finishing my first half marathon. Now as of this post it is 2016. I got into running at the end of 2014. It was a way to help me cope with a lot of issues I was dealing with. I ran my first 5k in 2015, did two of them actually. From there I just progressed, and decided to run my first half marathon. I ran that in April of this year, 2016. After that I felt it only right to train for the FULL marathon immediately, while my body was still in “running” mode. So I signed up to the Dallas Marathon, which was primarily sponsored by BMW. And I did so within the first hour of registration opening up!
What Training Was Like For The Dallas Marathon
I was in a crossroads by the time training for this marathon took place. I was getting really busy with fatherhood (as is the usual) but also with my new online businesses. At the same time I had gotten really into bodybuilding, sculpting my physique a certain way. This type of training does not coincide well with marathon training. So I had difficulty in training for the BMW Dallas Marathon. I was truly struggling, and at times my legs just wouldn’t go. When I say struggling, I mean I was having a hard time hitting 8, 9 miles at times. The first time I ran 15 miles during training, I felt DEAD! I threw up, passed out, and was seriously questioning what I was doing. I finally made a serious change. Took away a lot of time from the gym, and put it into running. I was finally able to hit mile 20 3 weeks before the actual marathon. From there I tapered down, and trained appropriately, to where I felt confident right before race day!
What Is It Like Running A Marathon For The First Time
The entire marathon atmosphere was INSANE! Energetic, exciting, invigorating! I’m speaking of course about my arrival to the Dallas Marathon. I rolled into downtown Dallas at around 7:15 am. From there I found my corral, and the city was buzzing! The place was packed, I don’t know the exact number, but there must have been thousands of participants, and I would say tens of thousands of people out for this event! Running a marathon for the first time is one of the greatest experiences ever in my opinion. The sheer amount of energy in the air, people cheering you on as you run all over different parts of the city for 26.2 miles is incredible! To see just a sea of people in front of you and behind you as you run is a sight that can’t be properly described, only experienced!
What Running The BMW Dallas Marathon Meant To Me
As I started this post off saying, the Dallas Marathon meant so much to me in so many ways. Just running a marathon period, for my first time, was a check off the bucket list. Again, running helped me cope with so many issues I was dealing with. Instead of running AWAY from my problems, I just RAN. It helped me to create better habits, a clearer mind, and in the end, helped me to make better decisions in my life. The marathon itself was reminder for me of what it takes to overcome obstacles in life, and to succeed in general. It takes patience, smart choices in the habits I take up, and learning how to pace yourself appropriately. Also running through Dallas, was a huge reminder of the many obstacles and life events I had survived and in the end learned from. I ran through the incredible neighborhoods and city districts of which I used to dream of living in (and still do). I ran through the neighborhood I lived in at one of my toughest times. I saw signs for AA houses, and NA houses, reminding me of the struggles I used to deal with. Most importantly I saw myself running through and persevering not only the marathon itself, but all I had been through in life. And it reminded me that nothing this world can throw at me will break my spirit. I will always PERSEVERE!
In the end, finishing the BMW Dallas Marathon was an incredible, awakening, and humbling experience. It was electrifying yet sobering at the same time. The entire culmination of the Dallas Marathon from the training up and through running past the finish line is something I feel everyone should experience once in their life. Whatever the reasons may be, I highly suggest running a marathon for everyone and anyone who has even had only the slightest thought of it pop in there head, to do so. Because it is the entire experience, not just the completion of it that makes it so special. The medal put around your neck for finishing is just the icing on the cake. I’m telling you, the CAKE, that’s where it’s at. And yes you can have your cake and eat it too!
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