Green River Marathon

I ran the Green River Marathon in June 2018. The only post I started to write last year never ended up completed or published. Here’s my recollection of the race, many months later and a bit of social media to jog my memory.

A few months ago I came across a FREE marathon happening in early June a half hour south of Seattle. Sold! Over the past couple months I’ve been going to physical therapy to work on an overuse running injury, doing a short but presumably effective strength training routine a few mornings a week in my living room, and getting in little runs with Eleven and longer runs on my own over the weekend.

Fast forward many months later–looking back on this marathon, it was an accomplishment in that I got to the start line. It wasn’t until late the morning of that I was 100 percent certain I’d run this race. Work had kept me up late for a solid couple weeks, including until midnight the night before my 5am pre-race alarm. Ultimately, I’m stubborn when it comes to crossing finish lines, and with many years of many miles on my legs, I figured they could trudge through another 26.2. It was…tough…really tough, and I was admittedly embarrassed with my finishing time. But I don’t regret it! The volunteers were energetic, the course was interesting, and although there weren’t really spectators, it was entertaining when a random passerby would ask us, “Is there a marathon going on or something?” Crossing that finish line, finally, definitely increased my appreciation for a well executed training plan and plenty of rest–maybe I’ll go that route this year.

Free race, $20 hat–totally worth it
The race start in Kent, WA
Excellent running conditions, particularly for an open course
I’m one of those people that drinks maybe two sodas in a year, but this Pepsi was the most amazing beverage I had all year. I needed the caffeine, the sugar, the carbonation–it was a dream come true at mile 18 right along the marathon course.
Whew! Made it to Seattle, from Kent, on foot.
So close, yet feeling so far from the finish.
Nothing like friends greeting you at the finish line!!! It sure took me a long time to get there, but they didn’t complain.

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