Why I Ran a Solo Marathon (with no training)

The National Mall is beautiful at night or, in my case, at 3am

Why Did I Do it?

I hate running. I love challenges.

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Flag Football: Apparently good for marathon training too!

Where would I run?

What time of day would I run?

When would I recover?

On September 14th, 2015, I made my decision:

I would run a marathon within the week.

And, I would run my marathon on the National Mall.

How Did I Do It?

I saw my opportunity: a relatively free weekend, mild weather, and a strong feeling that my body was ready.

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The Route: 4.2 Miles * 6 laps + 2 miles round trip from home = 27.2 > Marathon

The Best Part

The best part of the run was definitely my choice of route.

The Worst Part

Laps 4 and 5.

My Marathon in Pictures

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My supply kit: 3x Gatorade; 6x Odwalla Bars, Beef Jerky, Phone Holster, LED Armband, and, of course, Moisturizing Cream (thankfully not needed)
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The “Base Station”
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View of the Washington Monument and Capitol at 4am
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Humid morning in DC, even at 5am
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Crossing the finish line at 9:15am; Credit to N. Swider on the photo

The Stats (a.k.a. the least important part)

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Yes, a marathon is 26.2 miles, and 1.1 + 24.3 is less, but the Human app sometimes gets a little “off-course” or thinks I’m biking
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More or fewer calories than you expected?

Lap Times:

Lap 1: 46 minutes

What’s Next?

There’s always another challenge out there in life.

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