I had never run a marathon until tonight.
I hadn’t been training for one either, so finishing 26.2 miles tonight was a fairly epic accomplishment for me. When my buddy Stephen Ray asked me to do it yesterday I thought he was crazy for asking. But crazy is normal for an UltraMan and he’s no stranger to crazy. Or is it normal?
I said yes.
So we set out with a goal of finishing // fingers crossed // by 11pm.
I read a statistic today that only about 1% of the US population has finished a marathon—and of those, a small amount have finished under four hours. So that’ll be my next marathon goal… underFOUR. No, I did not make a grammatical mistake there. I think I just created a new brand.
So it was an exciting moment to surpass the longest I’ve ever run.
The next seven miles felt great. Running through downtown Denver was so much fun. We stopped traffic a few times and I almost ran into the side of a moving car. Haha. #dizzyrunnerproblems
The last three miles were probably the toughest for me. I had run out of gu and out of water // side note: Stephen Ray offered me a packet of his gu but I decided I had to live with what I brought myself // and my knees began to tighten up. But for some reason, the thought that I only had one Jack Quinn left to run gave me the energy to finish.
So the total time for my first marathon: 4 hrs 36 minutes. I’ll take it. Thanks, Stephen Ray, for your encouragement, words of advice, and for your willingness to go all out crazy. That’s the kind of normal I want for my life.
Grateful // and a little sore //,