I’m a Marathoner!

I can hardly believe it, but: I’m officially a marathoner! My first marathon was soggy, wet, and of course challenging, but overall, it was completely awesome.


I spent most of yesterday weirdly wanting to do it all over again… well, maybe just wanting to cross that finish line again, you know, without that whole running 26.2 miles again beforehand. I’m insanely sore now, but overall feeling good and happy to report that all my toenails even survived to tell the tale! (Weird things runners say…)

I’m working on writing up a race recap that does the experience justice, so stay tuned. Until then, if you haven’t already, checked out my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages to see some of the play by play updates. Spoiler alert: I hit my goal of breaking 4 hours! :)

THANK YOU again so, so much for all your support this weekend. You are my inspiration!



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    Congrats! A marathon is such an incredible accomplishment, let alone breaking 4 hours!
    I also got some funny looks from people when I said that I had all my toenails so I considered the MCM a success. I look forward to hearing your recap!

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    Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear all about it!

  3. 3

    Woohoo!! Congrats Anne!!!!

  4. 4

    Congratulations!!!!!! You rock!

  5. 5

    Very proud of you, Anne! Well done!!!!

  6. 6

    Woohoo!!!! Congratulations!!! Such an amazing accomplishment. Takes so much time and dedication. Your story inspires me :)

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    Under 4! What an accomplishment. I’m so thrilled for you!

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    Congrats! And what a great finishing time. I forgot to tell you a few weeks ago you should have scheduled a massage for Monday morning. I did that after my first marathon and I had almost totally recovered by noon the next day. I did a deep sports massage that helped out those sore muscles.

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    Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  10. 11

    Congrats, Anne!! So happy for ya :)

  11. 12

    Congrats on finishing in under 4 hours! You must be over the moon happy about meeting your time goal on your first marathon!

  12. 13

    Congrats Anne! Richmond was my third and definitely one of my favorite races of all time… such a beautiful course!

  13. 14

    Well done!! I still can’t believe your after photos – you don’t even look tired or red lol! I was wondering if you could also write a post on changes you noticed in your body whilst training (weight loss/gain, size change/ appetite etc) ?

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    Congrats!!!!!! You’re AWESOME.

  15. 16

    Congratulations! What an awesome achievement!

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    Congratulations, Anne!! Super excited for you!

  17. 18

    Woohoo!! Congrats – such an accomplishment!

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    Congrats!! That such a huge accomplishment! And for getting your goal in coming in under 4 hours. That’s really awesome! Looking forward to reading the recap! (3 weeks out from my first!)

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    First marathon under four hours? You’re incredible! Can’t wait for the full race recap. Congrats!

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    Congrats on such an awesome accomplishment! Hitting sub 4 hours on your first marathon is awesome! Maybe a new goal of qualifying for Boston?

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    Im so excited for you! I ran my first marathon 3 weeks ago, so I know that exhilaration of completing the first 26.2! Can’t wait to hear about your race :)

  22. 23

    Congratulations! I’m glad after all your hard work and training that it went well!

  23. 24

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read all about it!

  24. 25

    Congrats! That’s amazing!

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    YOU ROCK!! A marathon is definitely on my list!

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    Awesome!! All your hard work really paid off. Hope you’re soaking it in and doing a little gloating :). I bet the runner’s high while crossing the finish line was amazing! Can’t to hear your recap!

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    Yay, congratulations!! That’s amazing!

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    Congrats Anne – what an awesome accomplishment! Have you tried going down stairs backwards? Looks funky, but is so much easier on those crazy sore legs. Enjoy the massage and the post-race runner’s high, you earned it! Can’t wait to read more!

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    Good for you! Look forward to the recap.

  30. 32

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog since (before) you decided to run a marathon and loved being able to read your journey from start to finish!

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    Yay!! Congratulations, Anne!! YOU are my inspiration ;)

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    Congrats again! Hope you start feeling better soon! Lots of soothing baths! Can’t wait to hear the recap!

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    Congrats Anne! So happy for you. It’s been amazing and inspiring following your training. Can’t wait to hear more.

  34. 38

    Wow congratulations what an amazing achievement!! I saw on Instagram that you did it in under 4 hours! Wow!

    Can’t wait for the full recap.

  35. 39

    There is only one first marathon!! I’m so glad it was an awesome experience for you. Your post had me thinking about my first one. Enjoy basking in the glow of your accomplishment!

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    YAY! Congrats :D

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    Emma Katie says:

    I have been checking your blog daily for an update on your marathon effort! It’s been like waiting for the next episode of my favorite show. I am sooooo happy for you Anne!! :D

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    Yay!!! :) Congratulations! I had no doubts you would kick ass! :) Glad everything went well and you beat your goal! Sorry I missed it! Can’t wait to see the full post!

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    Congrats on your first marathon! I actually ran my first marathon as well, the day after yours, in Philadelphia :) Such an amazing experience!!

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    Congrats! That is so awesome!

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    Congrats, Anne!!

    And on the toenails, too. ;)

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