Monday, 15 October 2012

Marathon Glory!

It was honestly the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life. I am drained mentally and physically.
But I can say with all sincerity that I am now officially a Marathoner. 



Marathon Glory is officially mine! I can barely move now, and I think those exhausted looking pictures sum up how I felt when it was all over.

So I have been thinking about this post all night. I was dreaming about it in fact. What will I say about this race and about my Marathon experience? Because I gotta be honest with you, it wasn't all rainbows, cheering, and strong finishes like I had envisioned. It was freakin' hard. And it was painful. And tears were definitely shed along the way - both of joy and pain

So this week is officially Marathon Week over here on The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail. I will be writing several posts trying to come to terms with the 5:20 I spent trudging along the Toronto Waterfront course. There will be 3 posts - the good, the bad, and the real - because that is the only way I wrap my head around it. So Stay Tuned.

Tuesday - Marathon - The Good 
(aka the first 31km)

Wednesday - WIAW - Marathon Edition  
(because I know you want to know what I ate)
Thursday - Marathon - The Bad 
(aka kilometer 33-42)

Friday - Marathon - The Real  
(all the stuff you runners want to know - how was the course, how was it organized, etc.)


Thank you so much to everyone for all of your love, support, and encouragement along the way. I cannot tell you all how much it means to me. It definitely helped keep me going out there. And a very special thank you to my cheering section yesterday - my hubby, my family, Lindsay, Morgan, Robyn, and Sam. I can honestly say that I could not have crossed the finish line without you!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

34 comments:

  1. I can't wait to hear all about it! You finally did it and that is SO MUCH MORE than a LOT of people can say!!! Congrats girl - you're awesome! :)

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  2. Congrats girl! Can't wait to read the recaps. Hope you're resting up!

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  3. I LOVE how you've chosen to organize your marathon recap. Can't wait to hear about it. But serious congratulations are in order. YOU DID IT!! Who cares about the time...you're a marathoner!!!!

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  4. Yay Krysten! So proud of you and can't wait to read all about it! That Oiselle top made you fly! ;)

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  5. EEEK!! Cant WAIT to read your recaps!! I'm so so so so proud of you; enjoy your recovery!!! xoxo

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  6. Congrats Krysten! Welcome to the club!

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  7. Congrats my friend! So proud of you!!! xoxo

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  8. Woot! So proud of you! Congrats on all your hard work, sweat and tears. yes, marathons HURT, each and every time, but that's what makes them such an accomplishment. You did it!

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  9. Congratulations! Wear that title with pride!

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  10. Congrats Krysten! But your chip time is 5:20:03.6 ???

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    1. sorry catherine, that was an error on my part. I actually had not check my official chip time when I posted this morning, and was going by my watch which was obviously incorrect. All fixed

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  11. I can't wait to hear all about it. It was a tough day out there. I looked for you after the turnaround when we were coming back along Lakeshore. I was concentrating so hard on looking at people that I forgot to take my gel, ha ha! I hope you're feeling ok today. Congrats again!

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  12. Congrats!!! looking forward to your post :)

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
    can't wait to read all about it

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  14. Way to go!! Marathons are definitely painful.. I felt the same way after mine, and wasn't sure I ever wanted to do it again... but now I'm eyeing up #2. :) Can't wait to hear more!

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  15. Congratulations marathoner!!

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  16. Krysten - congratulations and welcome to the Marathon club - you earned it with your hard work and dedication.

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  17. Can't wait to hear about it! So proud of you!!!

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  18. I look forward to the updates. I'll be running my second half marathon in a week and am eyeing up a full for the spring. I go from thinking I can do this to thinking I'm out of my mind crazy and wondering why I feel led to do a marathon anyway.

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  19. COngrats lady! I'll be stalking you all week in hopes of preparing myself for the first 26.2 :)

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  20. congrats!! you look tired but happy and proud! As you should be :)

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  21. I think most marathons are a mix of emotions - it's a tough race and can be rewardng & humbling (all at once, sometimes). Congratulations!!

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  22. Congratulations! So proud of you!

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  23. Congrats!!! so amazing! will be awesome to read!

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  24. You should be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF!!! You go girl!

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  25. Congratulations Krysten!!!! You are a marathoner and have so much to be proud of. You have come through an amazing journey. I can't wait to read your posts. I'm so proud of you!

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  26. I'm so excited you are a marathoner now!! I am really looking forward to the rest of your posts...I want to hear it all :D

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  27. Congrats and I can't wait to see your posts!

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  28. Can't wait to hear about it all! Sounds like my first experience - SO tough but still rewarding. And I agree it's the hardest thing I've ever done in my lfe too (even harder than giving birth!). Yay for being a marathoner!!!

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  29. congrats lady! you are a rock star and a MARATHONER! can't wait to read your other posts, I can totally relate to the tears shed a long the way... i cried at least 3 times running mine, its a mix of pain, pride and exhaustion! It is the hardest thing you will ever have to do and you did it!! I was told that only 1% of people in the world will run a marathon, so its pretty amazing what you have accomplished. welcome to the club! so proud of you xox

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  30. Okay, I know I am really late on this, but CONGRATULATIONS! Can't wait to check out the rest of your recaps. :) You are a true inspiration.

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