Dallas Marathon

So I ran a marathon on Sunday without training.

Things that I would not recommend doing include running a marathon without training.

That being said, the patented Lauren-Lindley-All-Season-Taper-Plan worked out alright because I finished. I did not get a stress fracture this year (I did last year) but I can’t really walk and I feel like a truck ran over me.

The weather was DREADFUL: humid and almost 70 degrees at the start. The first two hours I felt like I was swimming. The Dallas Marathon is a really wonderful event: tons of runners (comradery! misery in numbers!), well organized, water/gatorade stations at every mile, really gorgeous and flat flat flat. You run from downtown, across the bridges into West Dallas, back into downtown and through the Design District to Turtle Rock, through Highland Park, across Lower Greenville, out and around White Rock Lake and then back to downtown.

Strangely enough, despite this marathon being far more physically brutal than CIM was for me last year, it was mentally exceptionally easy. You would think those two situations wouldn’t go hand in hand and I have no way to explain it but despite my physical agony during the run, mentally it was cake. The miles seemed to tick by SO fast right up until the last one!

It was so humid that I got blisters on two of my toes at mile 14 and then at mile 16 my right leg started to cramp. By the end of the race, both of my legs were cramping so severely it was comical and there was no point in the last ten miles when I had any relief from that situation. But, you know, the faster you run, the faster you’re done so I just kept trucking.

The humidity really took it out of me early on and I walked through every water stop in the last half of the course. My time ended up being about 15 minutes slower than my first marathon (4:37 vs 4:23) but considering that I ran a total of 30 miles in the last 6 weeks, that’s pretty damn good!

I got to see one of my bestest friends while I was in Dallas and we went to a fantastic little tapas joint called Sangria on Friday night. In true marathon-prep fashion, M and I decided to treat ourselves to an amazing dinner on Saturday night at Nonna, a Highland Park restaurant dedicated to regional Italian cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. My pappardelle was to die for but the real stand out was my mother’s Maine Lobster Ravioli.

Overall, it was a really fantastic event and just as fun and well organized as California International Marathon. Both would make wonderful first time marathons due to the crowd support, the sheer number of runners (it makes it better somehow), the entertainment along the way, and the course itself. We already have our sights set on next year’s event: The Marine Corps Marathon.

But for now, I’m taking a break from running and it’s into the pool I go.

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