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  1. I was crying a little as I read this, remembering the mile 20 psychological break I had as I realized I could no longer feel my toes. Feeling that medal around my neck made it all worthwhile. Congrats, Pamie.

  2. Amy

    Congratulations on your first marathon. What a wonderful marathon report! Keep in mind that only 1/10th of 1% of the population will ever go that distance (at least that’s what we’re told). I ran Maui in 2004 and your report brought back every bit of pain and beauty. I think I got new blisters just reading it! So when’s your next one??

  3. You are so awesome. That was inspiring, and a very fine piece of writing. It makes me want to run a marathon, and historically I only run when angry dogs are chasing me.

  4. Steve Robertson

    That was awesome. I’ve seriously been checking your site all day to see if you would finish or not. Well done! I get winded when I drive 26 miles, so I can’t imagine what it takes to do what you just did. My dream is to one day run (and write) just like that. Congrats.

  5. David

    Wow. Congratulations. That recap rocked.Now I think you need to re-read “The Long Walk” by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman).

  6. Sharon

    That was so beautifully written – it had me crying too. I don’t even know you, but I’m so proud of you for finishing the marathon! What a tremendous accomplishment, and something you’ll probably always remember. Thanks for thinking of us little peons out there on the internets, and letting us have a little glimpse of your life. This was very inspiring. Congratulations!

  7. Pamie, awesome as always, great to have the full rundown! I’m so proud :) wish I could do that.. I generally get through around 5-6km a night, but no way I think I could do a marathon! Maybe in future.. you’ve inspired me :)

  8. Jinxie

    Congratulations! I’m in awe of your strength and stamina [mental and physical] and have to admit I teared up a little, reading that. Which really sucks since I’m at work right now.

  9. Michael

    Pamie – congratulations on an amazing accomplishment and terrific piece of writing. Also, without even realizing it, your wonder killer skills struck again – reading about a local marathon this past weekend prompted me to wonder whether you were still planning on trying to run a marathon. It only took a couple of days to get my answer.

  10. amberlynne

    Congratulations, Pamie! Everytime I think you can’t get more inspiring, you kick it up a whole bunch of notches. Thanks for being so fucking awesome. :)

  11. Congratulations, Pamie! You never cease to amaze me. You accomplish so much and as sappy as this sounds, it inspires me to try to do everything I set out to do, too.

  12. Olivia

    So, so awesome. I’ve just started training for a 5k, which is tiny, wee little potatoes compared to a marathon, but you’ve inspired me all the same.

  13. Oh, my god, you are crazy. And amazing. And talented in ways that the Internet never knew about? That right there is my idea of hell (I was thinking about “The Long Walk” too) and you did it, and you wrote *poetry* about it practically.You don’t even look like a shambling wreck in your photos: you look like you’re just out in the neighborhood for a quick little aerobic jog. No way in *hell* did the girl in those pix just run over 26 miles! You’re a superhero.I could never. I could never.

  14. Way to go, Pamie! I’m so thrilled that you did it and you didn’t let yourself quit and it can be sooo tempting to quit in those late miles!”In truth, a marathon has no finish. Its effects are carried for life within the body, the memory, the life story and the self-image…” -Welcome to the marathon club! I can’t wait to see if you sign up for another one.

  15. Lincoln

    If I had an “I LOVE PAMIE.COM” t-shirt, I’d be wearing it right now! That was an awesome write-up of an awe inspiring accomplishment. Good job!

  16. Nancy

    Right now I feel like this is the most inspiring thing I have ever read. YOU DID IT.I’m running a 10-mile race this weekend- my longest distance to date. I will have you in my head.

  17. jive turkey

    I’ve always hating running no matter how hard I tried to get myself to learn to like it, so I can’t really relate AT ALL to your experience here…Which is why I was surprised at how choked up I just got reading this entry. And how incredibly proud I can be of someone I’ve never met.Congratulations!

  18. Pam

    You ARE really amazing!! Makes me want to get in shape. Right now I only run when someone/some thing is chasing me!! Congratulations!! You should be so proud of yourself.

  19. Jennifer

    Wow. Just… wow. You are amazing, girl. You’re an inspiration.BTW, I’m pretty sure where you’re sitting in that first picture is a spot where I sat on my last visit. I love Maui. :-)BIG congrats from the loud woman on the front row at B&N in Houston.

  20. You are awesome.I have to admit I couldn’t wait for the second part to find out if you finished, so I looked up the results online. I nearly jumped for joy when I saw how well you did.All day I was checking your site to hear how the end went. Like others have said, I teared up while reading your rendition of the day. You tell a good story pamie. You have inspired me before, and now you have done it again.Thank you, and you totally rock!

  21. Congratulations!!I’m in the group that cried reading this. Laughter through tears and all that, make for a great read. You are an inspiration to push past all the crap and accomplish goals! Great job, Pamie!!

  22. The aches and pain described was certainly felt by your readers. I’m looking forward to my training that will start next month – but only half the distance of your accomplishment.After running a 30K (18.75mi) in ths spring, I took 6 months off to relax. Now the exileration of running is returning. Thank you!

  23. Oh man, i am SO proud of you! Did you think you’d ever get through it? And how great did it feel to sit down at the end? WHAT an accomplishment. Raise the roof for Pamie!! :)Stee definitely deserves a medal for his support along the course…our supporters never really fully understand how big of a difference they make in such a mental battle.When’s the next marathon? :)

  24. Congratulations! This is where it all begins. Next thing you know, you’ll be thinking “hmm. I like to swim. And ride my bike. And I can run. Onward IRONMAN!”Well, that’s how it happened at my house, and now I’m a triathlon widow.

  25. steph

    ohhhhh, pamie. i loved reading these marathon entries. i already knew you were a star, and this is even more proof!oh, and i’m not at all surprised at “Toxic” being the song that got you to mile 24. i can’t really stand miss brittney (i’m a christina girl myself…you know, with some metal/modern rock thrown in there), but there’s something about that song. my boyfriend even had that as his ringtone for a while. mmhmm.

  26. Erin

    That’s outstanding! You just inspired me to sign up for a half marathon that I’ve been talking myself out of for years. What an amazing journey.

  27. I’ve never run a marathon. But I’ve never thought I’d cry reading about one, either, and you just made me. Congratulations so much – I can only imagine the tiniest bit of what that must feel like, and even that is wonderful and amazing.How on earth did you remember everything afterward? I would think it would be one big blur.

  28. erin

    i knew you could do it. but the excrutiating details made me even more impressed than i already am. the question remains, is there anything you can’t do?i am extraordinarily proud of you! go pamie!!

  29. Congratulations on your first marathon, Pamie! My husband has run 2, and I’ve seen the challenges that it’s presented him with – I know I could never do it myself! So, kudos to you!!Also, I’m with you on your sentiments about Britney – listening to her at my desk gives me the much needed energy to get through a long day!!So glad I stumbled across your book, and then your website – you’re my new favorite blog :)Have a great weekend!

  30. I’ve been reading you for many years, Pam, and I think this just might be my favorite thing you’ve ever written.And I’m so glad you laughed at the Jesus footsteps thing. Because that is freaking funny. :)

  31. Bubbles

    Yay! Way to go! And thanks for sharing this with us. I’m sure you’ve inspired more than a few people to get out there and run. (And from those of us who aren’t into the whole running thing, thanks for the vicarious experience, now we don’t have to do it.)ps If the Cristela you’re thanking is Cristela Alonso, I went to high school with her. It’s a small, crazy world.

  32. Congratulations, Pamie! You should be so proud of yourself… ya know, I really loved the way you wrote this, and I almost cried at several different points (and trust me, I don’t usually cry all that often!) Great post!

  33. Goosie

    I’ve been sitting for like 5 minutes thinking about what to write. I guess that makes me speechless. You really, really rock, Pamie. Way to go!The ending, coupled with the “exhausted-Pamie” pic almost made me cry…but with “i’m sooo proud of you!” tears.

  34. Monique

    That was beyond inspiring, I was crying through the whole thing. You’re such a good writer. GOOD FOR YOU, PAMIE!! Congratulations!

  35. Rachel

    Pamie, so many strangers are incredibly proud of you. Including this one. I hope you’re nearly as proud of yourself as we are.

  36. Ryan

    I too cried as I read this. Congrats on finishing and on having people in your life that made you want to do it in the first place and who pushed you through.

  37. Lori

    I have never, and likely will never, run a marathon, but I had tears streaming down my face by the end of this post. It felt like being there. Only without the sweat and cramps and all! Way to go!

  38. Debster

    Congrats Pamie! Not being a runner, I’m amazed when anyone can finish a 5K race, much less a marathon. Thanks for sharing how crazy yet inspiring it can be.

  39. Elise

    Wow. An entry for the Pamie.com bookmark folder if I ever read one. Thank you for inspiring. Congratulations on finishing. Thank you for continuing to write.

  40. jules

    Wow. I just read the whole marathon experience in one big take, and I kept tearing up all through it. Congratulations on finishing your first marathon! Woo hoo!

  41. New reader. A friend directed me here for this post, as he knows I’m a hiker/runner.That is the best account of running I’ve read. You communicated exactly what goes on with a person as they move through a race. I’ve never made it to a marathon myself (this surely inspired me to keep working at it), but I have done some other runs and this hit it right on.Congratulations.

  42. Your story is so similar to my first marathon story that I am crying a little. Is there nothing more amazing than realizing that it’s over, that you actually did it? Congrats!

  43. Jenny

    Congratulations!!! I just walked my first marathon and your blog made me a little weeping. Dang, it was hard. I wanted to give up about mile 15 but I knew my friends were waiting for me at mile 19, 21 and 22 so I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I finished, I hurt, I swore, I mentally flipped people off and yet, I’m already thinking about the next one.

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