Marathon Man


Sooo … I did it. I managed to successfully complete my FIRST full marathon yesterday as a participant in the 40th annual Honolulu Marathon. Lord, I’m sure I could go on and on about every tiny detail of my run yesterday but in order to spare all y’all from my rambling, I’m gonna do my best to try and share my experience with you without writing a 40 page treatise. The long and short of it is that the race was difficult but not nearly impossible. I am happy with my finish time but I can absolutely do better … and I plan to next time ;) I snapped some photos from my day yesterday so if you’d like to see and hear more, please click below.

The first thing I want to share is how terribly I prepared for this race. I guess it was kind of dumb for me to attempt a 26.2 mile race with the kind of training I put in beforehand. Before yesterday, the farthest distance I had ever run was 15 miles … and that was MONTHS ago. Last month, I did run a series of 13.1 mile half marathons and I somehow managed to improve my performance with each race. But running 13.1 miles week after week does NOT prepare one’s body for the arduous task of running 26.2 miles for upwards of 4 hours straight. Still, something inside me knew that I could run the race if I took it easy and was smart about the run. I kept myself well hydrated (to the point were I couldn’t even drink anymore water by mile 23) and stopped to stretch a few times. The first half of the run, 13.1, was pretty easy. I ran at a slower pace in an attempt to stretch out my endurance … and I think that helped considerably. After mile 14, I put on my headphones and let the music give me an extra boost. At that point, I was running in uncharted territory. Very upbeat songs by Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Britney Spears, etc. randomly came on at the right times to push me along. At one point, when I was DOG TIRED, Discipline by Nine Inch Nails came on and saved my ass. Near the end of the race, the song Here and Now by Letters to Cleo came on at the perfect time. When I used to run back in high school, my playlist back then (on my Sony Walkman) featured all the hits of 90’s alternative radio including Here and Now. It was a nice bookend from that time to now. I could tell I was getting slower and slower as the race wore on and the final hill up Diamond Head at mile 24 almost killed me. But, I kept my head down and pushed forward. My wild dream of running the race in under 5 hours wasn’t to be … but my official finish time of 5:21:51 was much faster than my prediction of 5:48. I did much better than the very last person to finish the race, this from the official Honolulu Marathon Facebook page:

The Honolulu Marathon does not end until everyone has crossed the finish line. Tonight, after 14 hours 21 minutes and 41 seconds, the last person finished the marathon! Congratulations to all of you who crossed that finish line and took part in the 40th Honolulu Marathon.

Emma has been THE most amazing supporter on this trip. At every step of the way, leading up to yesterday, she wanted to ensure that I was taking care of myself so that I would be as ready as possible … to the point of babying me. At the finish line, I saw her face and I just burst out crying. I was heaving and bawling. It was really weird. Like, a release of just tears and exhaustion. I had done it. It was an amazing feeling. Before I got my medal, Emma gave me a freshly made flower lei that smelled so amazingly wonderful. She watched a man make the lei from flowers he had picked that morning in the mountains. Truly, the lei is more precious to me than the official Honolulu Marathon medal.

After the race, I hobbled to the car and Emma whisked me to the hotel were I cooled my legs in the pool then warmed my muscles in the hot tub. We then made our way to the beach to soak in the healing salt water ocean. We didn’t get up to much last night but I’m happy to say, I didn’t feel any more sore than I do after a half marathon run.

If you can believe it, I have other races coming up very soon BUT I shant speak of them now. The Honolulu Marathon was my last race of 2012 and I’m just going to enjoy the moment NOW and not worry about the races to come (which are soon, as I said, oy!). Today is our last full day here in Hawai’i so we’re planning to go snorkeling in a few hours and take the day from there. My time here in Honolulu has been magical and life-changing. This is a trip I will never forget.

Last thing, I have to send out HEAPS of love and thanks to all y’all for your amazing support all year long. I’ve heard you all loud and clear and your well-wishes and love have fueled me on more than one occasion. I carried you all with me on my race yesterday so I thank you for helping me reach a goal that just a year ago, I never EVER would’ve dreamed was possible. I love and thank you all profusely, from the bottom of my heart … to the tips of my toes ;)

  • ClaireMichelle

    Wow. I’m so impressed by you!! Incredible! Enjoy your last day in Hawaii!

  • nicole

    i was following your pictures on instagram yesterday. you did amazing!

  • tessa

    wow – so impressed and inspiring! so honoured to “know” you! :) congratulations!

  • Adriana

    I was Instagram stalking you yesterday and thought about you all day, I’m so happy for your amazing accomplishment! Way to work it out! Much love! xo

  • Kim Sneed

    Way to go, Trent!! Truly impressive :)

  • Sabrina

    Yayy Trent so proud of you! You have made me want to run a Marathon now! Maybe that will be my New Year resolution!

    I was sending positive thoughts your way yesterday when I was stalking you on Instagram! :)

  • Ara

    Congrats Trent!! That’s awesome have fun in Hawaii!!

  • Karen

    I am so happy for you and impressed by you! You don’t need anyone to tell you this, but keep following your instincts. You seem to have very smart ones that know what you need. :)

    I love your commitment to living a good, happy life, and your openness to and appreciation of all the good you have. That doesn’t diminish the sadness you’ve experienced, but it keeps the light shining all the while.

  • Meghan

    Congratulations, Trent! Wonderful accomplishment and ever so jealous of the fabulous scenery!

  • Jstar

    That a pretty impressive time for your first time! Great job!

  • Sergeja

    Congratulations Trent!! Your story is amazing, very inspiring! I too started running this year and although I ran after a program, I hit a wall in week 5 or 6 that I couldn’t surpass and it kind of killed my buzz (also the summer was very hot and every other excuse in the book …). I kept on running but for shorter intervals, just to get my heart pumping, completely off-program, so your story really fills me with some optimism, that maybe even I could hit the 10k mark once. (I dare not to dream of a full marathon race, wow, you guys are all heroes!)
    So enjoy the last day of Hawaii, you well deserved it ;))

  • Hannah

    Just thinking of running a marathon makes me tired. Running it is such an accomplishment, amazing job!

  • muchacha

    Yay Trent! I followed your posts yesterday on FB. At some point you’ll have to let us know what was up with that dude and the log. My most sincere congratulations – you’re an inspiration!! Have a great last day in Hawai’i!!

  • Shannon

    Trent, it’s been so awesome experiencing this with you! I can and CANNOT believe you lit’rally ran a marathon yesterday. Like, on a Sunday. In Hawaii. You are amazing :)

  • Bekah

    I knew you could do it! Congrats! Big hugs!

  • Melinda

    Congratulations Trent! I’m so proud of you. What an awesome accomplishment! You rock!

  • sarahliciousisdelicious

    congrats Trent! I got goosebumps reading this, your an inspiration! xo

  • Jennifer Wilson

    congratulations, trent!

  • Megan

    Congratulations, such a great achievement :)

  • Dezden

    So proud. I think I said this before on here, but I walked a half marathon a few years ago and cried when I finished… and I cry still when I think about it. So I cannot even imagine running a marathon! You go!

  • Trish

    Congrats! I hope you are really proud of yourself of this amazing accomplishment. My first marathon was also a 5:21. I can now run one under 5 hours so I know you will get there too!

  • Sam

    When the site didn’t update for awhile I was starting to think you were hospitalized or something! I’m so happy I was wrong, you rock Trent, YOU EFFIN’ ROCK!!!

  • Louise

    Congratulations Trent! You have so much to be proud of–a race well run and the love of amazing friends. I am so happy for you.

  • mandylala

    CONGRATS!!! :)

  • Lorrian

    Congratulations, Trent! Very very happy for you. You deserve amazing friends and support. :-)

  • Michelle

    Congrats Trent! So glad you had such a great experience during the marathon – that’s what matters, not your time!

  • Kiki

    Ah, I feel so strange to admit this but I teared up at the end of your post. I’ve been reading your blog since 2004/2005 and feel like I know you so well, Trent. I’m so proud of you for sticking with your plan and running this marathon. If you can do this, you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to! You make your own happiness. And how sweet of Emma to support you along the way! Lots of love! xx

  • Ashley

    Way to go Trent! So proud you accomplished this and did better than what you predicted.

  • Marie

    Awesome job!!!

  • avatar

    Fantastic race and fantastic post. Well done!

  • Joan

    Oh, what an amazing feat, Trent. I’m not a runner…at all…so you beat me by a lifetime. Very inspiring.

  • Linh

    Ho’omaika’i Ana Trent!

  • ausettofegypt

    Congratulations Trent, … on another note, whatever you did to train the marathon, looks really good on you!

  • NJ

    Yay, Trent!! I’ve been reading your blog since 2004 and have never commented, but reading through your post makes me feel so inspired and I’m SO HAPPY for you! :)

    My 7 year relationship also ended earlier this year and your posts have helped me somewhat. Thank you for inspiring others through your posts and making me laugh throughout the years! You’re a wonderful person. Lots of love from Malaysia.

  • tabitha.

    Like. Like. Like. Like. Like.

  • Emily

    Congrats Trent! I’m so happy for you, and proud of you for attempting and completing your marathon!! It’s amazing, period, regardless of if you got in all your training or not.

  • kendra

    Wooooo!!! You’re my hero! There is no way I can even dream of running a marathon like that..It sounds so odd, but I’m really proud of you! After all the crap you’ve been dealing with, you could have easily said screw it and not done it..But you did and came out under what you predicted! Just..Awesome..AND you made me cry like a baby reading this post..You’re on a roll! :)

  • Amber

    Amazing job!

  • timothy

    Congratulations! The first marathon is an amazing triumph. I’m training for a marathon which I’ll run on the 23rd December in Chiang Mai. I’m really looking forward to the post-run recovery on a beautiful beach in Thailand.

  • jennifer

    Holy crud! Over 14 hours? They definitely weren’t ready. I walked a marathon in 8 hours I think. It was the Bataan Memorial Death March (they do it some time in March if you want to do it! Definitely challenging). Congrats on running a marathon! I really want to run one, but I don’t think I’m going to get there right now at least. My husband isn’t home, and I’m home alone with my toddler, and it’s freezing outside. Plus I only have 1.5hrs of child care at the gym every day, that’s not enough time to run 13 miles for me.

  • Sarah

    YESSS! Trent you are KILLAH! Congrats on making it to the end of 26.2, the end of 2012, and more importantly, the BEGINNING of a new adventure. So much love.

  • Lexie

    CONGRATS TRENT!!!!! :)

  • jen a.

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Come back to HI for the Great Aloha Run! :) We’d love to have you back in the Islands! :)