The Portland Marathon was an excellent first marathon choice! I arrived at 5:30am, and got to check my bag at the downtown Foot Traffic store. Because my nerves were running high, I was able to use a real bathroom several times and by 6:30 I was ready to head to my corral! Talk about organized! The corrals were divided up by your expected finish time, so the entire race, I was surrounded by those who were running the same pace. I connected with four other women right away, and we paced each other to the very end!
I only spent a couple of minutes waiting to be called, I was corral E, and by the time I got up to the start line, it took about 30 seconds to cross and run! It spread out really fast and I wasn’t stepping on heals or overcrowded! Foot Traffic prepared me well, so I had already run the first half of the course several times before! There were aid stations every mile and I could always count on water and the electrolyte they were offering!
I felt so strong the whole way, and there was constant support! I’ve never seen so many supporters at one race before! Before I knew it I was at the finish line with hundreds and hundreds of people lined up cheering and screaming! Volunteers were waiting to hand me water, my medal and food!
This was the biggest accomplishment of my life! My health issues left me feeling discouraged and hopeless, but thanks to Foot Traffic, I completed a marathon, and continue to beat the odds!!