One week ago

Has it been a week already?
Has it only been a week?

This time last week I was nervous and excited with anticipation.

I was also confident and determined.
I couldn’t believe the day had finally come after 18 weeks of preparation.
I knew what I had to do.
But I also knew that anything could happen over 26.2 miles.
The race could chew me up and spit me out,
or it could turn out to be the race of my dreams.
No matter what I had done or hadn’t done, nothing is certain at the start line of a marathon.
And that’s what makes it even more worthwhile when everything comes together and it happens.
I’m not sure if it has fully sunk in.
I am a 3:37 marathoner? Say what?!

Thank you sooo much for all of your comments and support – you’ve made it all even more meaningful.

One week later…

I am still screaming beaming.


43 thoughts on “One week ago

  1. My marathon training is starting the first week of June. You have inspired me to go for it and to strive for that BQ….Awesome job Marlene!

  2. Marlene, this is the perfect post for me to read on the morning of my fourth 5k. Not feeling well, don't want to race, but then I see this and it inspires me to go pick up my race packet & start getting warmed up! Thank you and Congrats!!!!

  3. yeah… pre marathon drags by but the week after flies!btw, i gave up on maurlene's bBQ restaurant. the service was awful. never got my m&m's or margarita…

  4. As you should be. FREAKING ROCKSTAR! i'm so proud of you marlene! i wish you were my neighbor so we could hang out and run all the time! we need to meet half way this summer… ill come to canada to visit!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What what!! Put your hands up!!Yeah I'm actually a raper. I'm a really famous rapper…anyway you should still be on cloud 57! I love the pics of you, such true, raw and REAL emotion! I am so excited for you and proud of you!!!So true, 26.2 miles is a long ways and anything can happen! but don't think that YOU didn't make the best happen!! YOU DID IT!!!! Own it girl!!!

  6. I know what you mean! I felt the same way after my half! Plus now that it is summer, the days and weekends are filling up fast and making life busy!

  7. So great and perfect! Congratulations again! Iโ€™m feeling like you did last week right now! May I be beaming one week from now…I better be!

  8. So HAPPY for you!! You have worked hard and it payed off!! Thinking positive thoughts about Boston! You qualified BABY!! Just ride that thrill for a bit longer!!

  9. This post makes me SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY and proud of you, Miss Marlene! You are amazing!And those race pictures are too KICKASS!!! How freaking cool are you??? WOW! ๐Ÿ™‚ Big smiles!

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