My first marathon experience

Marie Lowe By Marie Lowe, 30th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3jq48s5j/
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My first marathon experience was the 8th Annual Oklahoma City Marathon held April 27, 2008. The event is designed to honor the memory of those killed in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.

The day before the marathon

Two now former friends and I made the trip and joined 19,000 people in the event which is made up of 26.2 and 13.1 mile runs and walks. Our event was the 13.1 mile walk.

After a Saturday filled with trials and tribulations that included an unplanned two hour tour of Oklahoma City, casino losses, and an unidentified flying object that damaged my windshield on my precious new Honda Accord, it was time to compete.

The day of the marathon

Despite my snoring we were up before the crack of dawn and made our way to the hotel lobby and joined others for the short bus ride to downtown.
Once downtown we joined 19,000 others in cold, wet, windy conditions. We lined up in what we thought was our group, walkers who planned to finish 13.1 miles in four hours. As it turned out we were lined up with runners who planned to finish 26.2 miles in four hours.

I think we looked a little out of place but we look at it now as we got the jump on our group.

After encouraging words from speakers and 168 seconds of silence for the victims of the bombing the gun sounded and it was time to pound the payment.

Of course since we were lined up with runners we started off running.

We sprinted several blocks before slowing to a quick pace. We continued this for three hours and 45 minutes through the charted path of downtown Oklahoma City.

What we experienced

The path took us past the capitol and through many neighborhoods.

Along the way we were greeted by many volunteers who spent their day handing out water, juice and other energy boosting materials to competitors.

One tasty treat I experienced for the first time was GU Energy Gel. I found the substance pretty tasty, but I have always had weird taste so I have been told.
Some areas were like block parties as rock music played and strangers cheered strangers on to the finish line. Finally after almost four hours of walking, the finish line was in sight.

With my new organic socks about to disintegrate and my five pound digital camera weighing me down I strived for the finish line. My partners in crime insisted I would get up there and push them out of the way so that I could finish before them, but I was kind and did not do that and as a result I still crossed the finish line before them according to the microchip tracker.

At the end of the line there was all the food you can eat. We chowed on cheeseburgers and Oreos and looked for our ride back to the hotel.

An awesome accomplishment

Taking part in a marathon was something I had never planned on doing in my lifetime. I never really had a good attitude about the idea. In fact as of 4 a.m. that day I had no intention of doing it. I didn't think I could and didn't care to try.

But fortunately I pulled myself and my bad attitude out of bed and competed in the names of Aurelia Donna Luster and Robert Lee Luster who were killed in the bombing while at the Social Security office.

My now former friends competed for Oleta C. Biddy and 6-month old Antonio Ansara Cooper. Cooper was in the daycare center and Biddy was a worker at the Social Security office.

In the end it was a positive experience and I think proves you can do anything you put your mind to. I even went back and did another half marathon in 2010.
My friends are now foes as egos pulled us apart in 2011.

And despite how much I sometimes despise the bad between us, I will always be grateful for the goal I accomplished in their presence. It is because of them I have my two marathon medals.

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Oklahoma City Bombing, Oklahoma City Marathon

Meet the author

author avatar Marie Lowe
I earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma.
My motto- Life is like a marathon, the closer you get to the end, the more it hurts.

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author avatar Retired
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Good stuff, Thanks!

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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Mar 2015 (#)

I could never even run, I have been overweight all of my life

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Congratulations. My friend and I are currently preparing for 10 km fun walk in a few months time.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Apr 2015 (#)

Congratulations! That was quite an experience. Blessings.

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