Here’s a message from the Academy Facebook group that illustrates the thrill of finishing strong at your first marathon.
Paula Soto completed the Bakersfield Marathon on November 12th 2017 with a time of 4:34:45.5!
What I love is that she ’embraced the suck’ of the finial miles and finished with a smile on her face . . . ready to do it again!
Listen to the joy in her words, we can’t say it better than this,
What It Feels Like to Run Your First Marathon
“You guys!!! I ran my first marathon yesterday and I still cannot even contain my excitement!! I posted a while back about how my first 16 miler didn’t go so well, but I was able to learn from it and turn it around, finish my training cycle strong and run my first marathon without a hitch!
Yes, it was hard. Yes, I was tired. Yes, I couldn’t believe I was only half way at mile 13. BUT it was seriously the most amazing experience I’ve had to date.
I ran it in Bakersfield, CA, where most of the people running it were local so it was a relatively small race and I loved it! Seriously, I couldn’t believe the pictures my mom took of me after because I was actually smiling after running 26.2 miles.
My wonderful MTA coach, Dominique Hamel, estimated a 4:35 finish time so I stuck with the 4:38 pacer until mile 22 when I kicked it into gear and finished in 4:34:45.5!
Running has given me so much and I’m just so grateful for this community that Angie and Trevor created and for all of you that are a source of positive energy and encouragement. I can’t wait to do this again!!” -Paula Soto
Congrats Paula on Releasing the Kraken and proving that you have what it takes!
Felicitaciones Paulina! (Congrats!) Seeing first time marathoners is an excellent motivation to keep on training and getting better at running. I would love to listen to an interview with a first-timer *wink-wink* *nudge-nudge*
Great job, love hearing your story!