Surfside Marathon

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I raced my first EVER full marathon and OMG am I ever so glad for that goal to be over with! LOLimageI was feeling great and clocked my half way point at 2:29 which beat my Houston R&B Half (if it counted). At mile 20, I honestly wanted to just quit. I just felt fatigue. I decided not to carry my camelback with my own fuel because I didn’t want the added weight & there were supposed to be water stations every 1.6 miles with water, Gatorade, and gels but some of the volunteers didn’t show. I was feeling great til then, my left knee was hurting so bad that I had to stop and stretch a bit and when I bent over I knew I was dehydrated; the ground around me looked as though it were just flying past me and I was standing still lol. Not the best feeling. I run as much as I possibly could with a run/walk (2/1) til my knee felt loose enough to just run. I hit whatever water station was avaliable on my way back and tried to get as hydrated as I could to get me to the finish. In the last 5 miles, I talked to myself ALOT lol. I kept asking myself out loud “why am I doing this? What’s the purpose of running 26.2 miles? Why am I doing this to my body? Why am I pushing myself so hard?” A million other questions crossed my mind. I was a bit emotional (probably from dehydration) and it hit me! I do what I do for my son, Xander because he can’t and for all those who suffer the affects of autism. I run for Xander and I run for autism! With about a mile to go to the finish I run as hard as I could and tried not to think about the jolt of pain in my knee or how tight my legs were until I crossed the finish and they announced why and who I was running for. “We have April Hamon running her first full marathon for her son Xander. She runs for Autism and represents OAR!”

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I can’t tell you the emotions that were going through me as I was crossing that finish line. Emotions of accomplishment, pain, determination, reason, the fact that I just run my first full marathon. I was given my finisher’s medal and water bottle full of water that I so badly needed and headed up to meet the other runners who had finished and have BBQ while we waited for the official results to come in.

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After waiting an hour inside and the results only refreshing ever so slowly, I decided to head out and be on my way. As I’m leaving the beach parking, I received an email from the race director with my results. It showed that I had placed in my age group but I wasn’t sure where I had placed or if I really had. I ran over to the director and asked for him to look at the results and confirm…I was in tears by being told, “you placed 1st in your age group!” I never in a million years would have thought I’d finish a full marathon, let alone place. I was a hilarious hysterical bawling mess and they took my picture with my plaque.

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I’m extremely proud of this race and ALL that I accomplished! First full marathon ALL on the sand and 1st Place AG. It just doesn’t get any better for your first!

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