I mean, I’m stuck on the couch now, but it is totally worth it since I achieved my goal of a sub 4h marathon. I finished right around 3h57m and a bit, and it was so satisfying. I felt great for almost the whole race. Kilometers 33-38 were kind of rough, but I had banked enough time to handle a gentle reduction in pace. It is amazing what a difference not having crippling knee pain can make. The extra year of running seems to have made quite a difference, and having a great support team (Thanks Mike!)
I should demand a refund for my “anti-blister” socks though. I knew I would have some blisters about halfway in, but when I took off my shoes after the race, it was a bit shocking. So, here is the warning for the foot-phobic. Gross feet pics are coming. Although, maybe the socks worked and the blisters would have been even worse…
Stupid shower upstairs. I’ll just keep writing to put off the getting-off-the-couch-and-up-the-stairs process. First my post-marathon knees – compare to last year.
I’m realizing that no one really needs to see these pics, but I feel like documenting them for myself. I will make them all smaller than normal as a concession. You can click to enlarge them if you must.
All totally worth it, of course, especially compared to last year. And now to face the stairs up to the bathroom. I wish I had some cake.