Sunday, May 22, 2011

One week ago

Has it been a week already?
Has it only been a week?


This time last week I was nervous and excited with anticipation.


I was also confident and determined.


I couldn't believe the day had finally come after 18 weeks of preparation.

I knew what I had to do.


But I also knew that anything could happen over 26.2 miles.

The race could chew me up and spit me out,
or it could turn out to be the race of my dreams.

No matter what I had done or hadn't done, nothing is certain at the start line of a marathon.

And that's what makes it even more worthwhile when everything comes together and it happens.




I'm not sure if it has fully sunk in.
I am a 3:37 marathoner? Say what?!

Thank you sooo much for all of your comments and support - you've made it all even more meaningful.

One week later...

I am still screaming beaming.




43 comments:

Carly said...

That has got to be the BEST finisher photo every! I am so excited for you.

Carly said...

Every = Ever.....oops no coffee yet.

Laura said...

This was perfect motivation for me this morning as I ease back into training.
...and these race photos are some of the best ever.

Teamarcia said...

Believe it girl you did it and its yours to beam about for a lifetime. Love love love that finish line shot!

cathylindsay said...

You just proved that hard work and determination do pay off. Big Congrats Marlene, you deserve it.

Rene' said...

My marathon training is starting the first week of June. You have inspired me to go for it and to strive for that BQ....Awesome job Marlene!

Sara said...

Marlene, this is the perfect post for me to read on the morning of my fourth 5k. Not feeling well, don't want to race, but then I see this and it inspires me to go pick up my race packet & start getting warmed up!

Thank you and Congrats!!!!

Anne said...

Fantastic finish line photo! Very inspiring post :)

rinusrunning said...

WOW, thats a fast marathon time and concrats.
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Lisa said...

congrats again, and i love, love, love that finish photo!!

Richelle said...

Wow... still so excited for you! Congrats again!

stoppingfordaisies.com said...

Love that finishing photo.. so awesome! Congrats again, what a great race!

lindsay said...

yeah... pre marathon drags by but the week after flies!

btw, i gave up on maurlene's bBQ restaurant. the service was awful. never got my m&m's or margarita...

Nicole said...

As you should be. FREAKING ROCKSTAR! i'm so proud of you marlene! i wish you were my neighbor so we could hang out and run all the time! we need to meet half way this summer... ill come to canada to visit!!! :)

Michelle said...

I'm so glad you are still beaming! And you will be for a LONG while! Enjoy it! Hope you've had a great week.

N.D. said...

I LOVE ALL THE PICS! and I thought of you today. CONGRATS and great job.

H Love said...

you totally make me smile and cry. so proud of you...keep BEAMING and DREAMING!

Julie said...

That last picture is AMAZING! I love it! What a wonderful race and an absolutely fantastic finish time. WOOT!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

What what!! Put your hands up!!
Yeah I'm actually a raper. I'm a really famous rapper...

anyway you should still be on cloud 57! I love the pics of you, such true, raw and REAL emotion! I am so excited for you and proud of you!!!

So true, 26.2 miles is a long ways and anything can happen! but don't think that YOU didn't make the best happen!! YOU DID IT!!!! Own it girl!!!

The Happy Runner said...

That last photo of you is the best. Ever.

You SHOULD be beaming! You deserve to BEAM!

Running Ricig said...

I totally agree with the above, that last photo is amazing!

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Char said...

I'm wondering what big audacious dream you'll have next.

misszippy said...

Good for you! You SHOULD be basking in it!

MCM Mama said...

Is it time to join the ranks of the mom bloggers now? Bwaahhahhhaa!!

You rock! And you have every right to be beaming!

J said...

I know what you mean! I felt the same way after my half! Plus now that it is summer, the days and weekends are filling up fast and making life busy!

Joanna said...

You should still be beaming!! And that "beaming" picture is great, btw!!

Meredith said...

You're screaming, I mean beaming, and I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes! Congratulations!

trifitmom said...

you rock

dietitianontherun.com said...

As you should be!! "18 weeks of training" doesn't fully sum up, or convey, what happened over the past 4+ months. Beam as long as you want to ;)

Amanda@runninghood said...

Wow! Congrats to you! And what great Pictures!!! Seriously awesome! Go Boston!

Cynthia O'H said...

A race like that should keep you beaming for a week - or two, or three. Congrats again.

Amy said...

Keep beaming! I say you are allowed to beam for as long as you were dreaming of that day! Love the finishing photos!

Johann said...

So great and perfect! Congratulations again! I’m feeling like you did last week right now! May I be beaming one week from now...I better be!

destination262 said...

And you should be! Keep on beaming girl, you deserved every bit of it!! :) Wooooo hoooooooo!

Runners Fuel said...

Keep on beaming!

RoadBunner said...

Can I just say I LOVE your facial expression in your finish photo. Sheer joy!

teacherwoman said...

Wahoo! I am so happy for you! What an accomplishment! I Absolutely LOVE your finisher photo!

Aneta said...

yay marlene! u did so good! great finishing picture!

Kim said...

That last photo is just the best!!

H Love said...

So HAPPY for you!! You have worked hard and it payed off!! Thinking positive thoughts about Boston! You qualified BABY!! Just ride that thrill for a bit longer!!

Little Miss Runshine said...

I love the screaming picture!!!

Zoë said...

This post makes me SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY and proud of you, Miss Marlene! You are amazing!

And those race pictures are too KICKASS!!! How freaking cool are you??? WOW! :) Big smiles!