Months and months of training and I finally finished my second marathon, this time in my hometown! I was hoping to improve my time, but ended up taking an additional half hour or so. It's tough to remember that every race is different, and the conditions have tremendous consequences. For this race, they were calling for mild temperatures and rain all day and it ended up being warm and sunny. On top of that, the water stations were not laid out as I had memorized, so I ended up being dehydrated by the halfway point. There were some tears when I crossed the finish line, but it was still great to cross it, see my family, and commiserate with my brother, who finished an hour ahead of me. Afterward, we got donuts at the Cider Mill and watched the Patriots game without moving. I had my first massage ever the week after and felt 100% better the moment I got off the table. Definitely hooked!
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Mansfield, MA.