“Want to come run Myrtle Beach with me in 2 weeks?”
It was my friend, Claudia, who by the way, introduced me to the idea of running 50 marathons in 50 states. She was feeling good and wanted to check off South Carolina in her pursuit to do 50 in 50. She was looking for a sucker.
“What’s the date? I cannot believe I’m contemplating this. Hahaha!”
If there was a picture in the dictionary to visually define the word “sucker”, it’d be my headshot. I can be convinced into doing almost anything. My level of fomo (fear of missing out) is always at an all-time high so when the question was asked, in the midst of all of this energetic and fist-pumping music, I agreed. And so this is how all it began - how I ended up running the Myrtle Beach Marathon.
We perused a little around the expo, but didn’t end up staying long because we were hungry. All we had on the brain was pizza from Mellow Mushroom! After we finally got our carb load in, we parted ways. Matthew was staying with one of our coworkers and Claudia and I made our way back to our hotel. We would all reunite in the morning at the start line (or so we thought).
In order to make our final decisions, we stepped out on our patio to see how it felt. I decided to go with my long-sleeved pullover and my Skirt Sports skirt and was ultimately happy with it. I also paired it with my new Swiftwick Vision Race series socks that just launched a few days ago. Of course, I had to rock out my 26.2 socks!
By the way, this is the first time I’ve ever been late to a race. I didn’t even get a chance to take pictures of us lined up at the start! Amazingly though, I wasn’t freaking out at all. It was nice to just be super casual about the whole race. The bad part though is we ended up missing Matthew at the start since we were so late. We’d reunite with him at the finish.
We were coasting and before I knew it, we saw the 24-mile marker - which is where I usually am just completely exhausted and those last 2.2 miles feel like an eternity. I practiced my breathing and was taking deep breaths through my nose and exhaling from my mouth. Doing this over and over keeps me grounded and calm. In addition, I absolutely LOVED that each mile marker had “You Can. You Will.” on them. Every time I would run past a mile marker, it gave me that extra push I needed.
We rounded the final corner and saw the finish line chute and pushed it to the finish. We were both excited that we could officially check off South Carolina in our pursuit of 50! Technically, I already have South Carolina checked off with the Delirium Ultra I ran two years ago. It counts according to the 50 States Marathon Club, however, the Myrtle Beach Marathon is officially a “marathon”.
As Claudia and I ran through the finish, we gave each other the biggest hugs! We did it and managed to have fun along the entire 26.2-mile jaunt around the city. We collected our huge beautiful medals (my largest one yet) and searched for Matthew. We walked over to the finishers area and ran into Matthew who killed it with a 30-minute PR!
Overall, even though this racecation was short and sweet, it’s great to share in these experiences with awesome company. Even though this marathon wasn’t planned in my schedule, I’m happy that I did it. I had fun spending time with my friends and creating memories that I’ll look fondly back on.
Now, seriously, my next marathon is the Steel City Challenge in Pittsburgh in May. I don’t plan to do another marathon until then. You can’t talk me into it! Nope, nope, nope.