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Tony Madore ( @ajmadore )

2:12 AM Feb 12, 2019
First marathon in the books. Having never run more than 16 miles, but having a full distance Ironman in 7 months, I needed to know if I can mentally handle running a marathon. The first 16 was just like I had practiced. I stuck to the plan of pacing, nutrition and hydration and all went well until mile 18 when I hit an emotional/mental wall and had to call the wife for a break. 3 min call while I walked helped greatly. This was also the time that I began to have taste bud fatigue. Luckily they had Gu Salted Caramel on course to change up the SiS citrus and CarboRocket grape nutrition. At mile 19 my first of 4 blisters popped...talk about a weird feeling. After the second one popped on the other foot a mile later, I had to change my gait, cadence and form. The last 6-7 miles was not fun. If I had applied anti chafe to my feet i may have had a reputable time. Regardless, this wasn’t about time. It was (1) checking the box on 26 miles, (2) seeing where my emotional/mental wall was, and (3) was my nutrition and hydration plan on point for 26.2 miles. I learned a lot and am thankful for a group of friends (@joel_strickland_fl @ewkenny7059 @coursonpartyof5 and many others) that helped encourage and bring this to fruition. Post race was some time in the recovery boots, followed by a trip to Moe’s! #triathlete #triathlon #trilife #triathlonlife #thetrihood #3athlonlife #triathlontraining #ironmantraining #tritraining #endurance #enduranceathlete #crossfunctionalfitness #floridarunning #run #runningblisters #embracethesuck #dothework #iwillbeanironman #2legit2quit #liveinthenow #livetoworkout #donnamarathon2019 #ajmadore2019

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  • @blackboxendurance 2:47 AM Feb 12, 2019

    Well done. Always good to eat some food after a day of gels!

  • @ajnicely 3:22 AM Feb 12, 2019

    Great job!!! Congrats to you! Your hard work paid off.

  • @runtrimommaof4 11:56 AM Feb 12, 2019

    Great job!!! Miles 18-21 is everyone’s mental block. Way to push through!

  • @tabanet 12:27 PM Feb 12, 2019

    Inspiring! Keep up the good work 👊🏾

  • @ewkenny 12:37 PM Feb 12, 2019

    Great job @ajmadore

  • @caro.loz 3:27 AM Feb 13, 2019

    Congratulations on your 1st Marathon, I didn’t train at all so I stuck to a 1/2 but it felt like a full. 😂 Best wishes on your next Ironman. 🍀