Hello everyone. I have successfully completed my first race, a quarter marathon today.
I woke up bright and early at 6am this morning after only 6 hours of interrupted sleep. I’m sure that my excitement played a role in me not being able to sleep but I also had a million different thoughts running through my mind all night long. For some reason though I wasn’t too tired in the morning. After a bowl of overnight oats I made my way to the start line.
Unfortunately my dad couldn’t run the race this morning because something unexpectedly came up. Even though I was the one who convinced him to sign up I could tell that he was a bit disappointed that he couldn’t take part especially since we did a couple of training runs together.
I took the shuttle bus into town which dropped me off about 5 minutes away from the start line. Of course, I was there way too early which gave me an opportunity to secure myself a good spot in the crowd! The marathon I took part in today is one of the biggest races in Austria with over 15 000 participants. No comparison to the New York Marathon but a big deal for Austria!
As you can see the weather was not as great as it could have been, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it looks from the picture. It started raining at 4am this morning but luckily by 6am the sun almost came out. It did start raining for a couple of minutes right as the race started. But for most of the race the weather was actually pretty good…not too hot and not too cold or windy. It did make me jealous to see that the weather was beautiful for the London Marathon today.
The race itself was fun and I felt great for most of it. My mom and my best friend came out to cheer on me and it was motivating to see them along the way. I started to feel a little tired around km 9 so that’s when I really had to slow down a bit and rest before my “sprint” to the finish line.
I finished in 1 hour and 3 minutes which is faster than I would have expected to run so I’m really happy about that! It’s not breaking any records but I only started properly running a couple of weeks ago and it’s always good to have room for improvement.
I’m flying back to London tomorrow so I’ll see you guys from the island! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!