The trifecta was completed Sunday, May 21st as I ran through the cheering crowds of Lambeau Field and crossed the finish line of the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon. Over the course of three years I’ve completed the 5k, half marathon, and marathon options that the Cellcom has to offer, but the completion of the marathon this year was by far the most meaningful. Being only my third marathon, I decided at the beginning of this year that I was going to go for a PR. It was time to train and compete for myself. This wasn’t going to be a race for “fun” or a race I signed up for on a whim, it was going to be a race that I pushed myself to the point of where, when I finished, I could say, “I had nothing left.” Although we often focus on the physical training of a marathon it’s the mental training that will make or break a race. Through my training I had built up the mentality that I would conquer the streets that I had grown up on. Green Bay was my hometown and there was no way it would defeat me.
The marathon is a day I will never forget. I will eternally be grateful for the love and support I received from the community. As a spectator it may not feel like it, but the friendly faces, motivational signs, and ringing cow bells all contributed to my success. The Cellcom slogan, “It’s personal” hit home for me this year and I take pride in my achievements and the city I live in. Although I came up only sixteen seconds shy of a PR, I still walk away with a qualifying Boston time and an unforgettable experience.