I love when people say, “I hope you win” when they hear I’m running a marathon. I never win in the sense that I break the tape, but I do win every time I get to the Start line and then again to the Finish line. I’m happy to report that I got to the Start and finished my 9th marathon at Cape Cod in 3:57:30. And left nothing on the course. Nada.
My biggest pain resulting from the Cape Cod Marathon? An ear ache. Yes, folks, an ear ache. Why? Well, glad you asked……But I’ll get to that. First and foremost, THANK YOU all for your encouragement and well wishes as I trained for my marathon. It’s been great to share my first, of hopefully many more, marathons with my blogging friends.
So back to the ear ache……
New England was hit this weekend with a freakishly early Nor’easter, sending 1-2 feet of snow in some places, and hurricane force winds in others (yes, that would be Falmouth, where I was). This constant weather threat pummeled my pre-marathon psyche like none other.
And it delivered. Which meant, for the first time ever, I wore tights, 2 shirts, a wind breaker, and mittens for the ENTIRE marathon. And I was not overdressed, nor was I the only one layered up like that.
Mother Nature did cut us a break and put a cork in the downpours that flooded many of the streets throughout Saturday night. However, she did leave us some serious wind and temperatures in the 30’s at the start Sunday morning. And as you can see, there was some snow that fell sometime during the night as well. And did I mention wind? This was some angry surf at Nobska point on Saturday.
So I think you get the idea. We New Englanders are pretty accustomed to storms coming off of the Atlantic ocean, but running a marathon in what felt like one huge wind tunnel? Less than ideal. And definitely the source of the stabbing pain in my ear today.
Walking downstairs? Not so bad. Ear? That’s another story. Go figure.
More to come on the actual race ……
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