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The 15 Emotional Phases Of Your First Marathon

It's a wild ride.

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6. Mile 6 - Affection


The spectators and volunteers make this race easier and more fun than any of your training runs. They hold funny signs and hand out Gatorade and orange slices. You smile at everyone.


9. Mile 18 - Love


You see your family. You have never loved them so much in your whole life. They are such beautiful people you can't stand it. And then you're past them in a second, but they have given you the strength to go on.

11. Mile 23 - Misery

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This race is never going to end. Ever. You are going to live your whole life and then die while running this race. You might start to cry a little bit but then hold back the tears because you have no water to spare.

13. Finish line - Joy


You are on top of the world. You did it! You ran your first marathon! You are your favorite person in the world. You vow to never take off your medal as long as you live.

15. Eventually - Nostalgia

You already miss it: the challenge, the support, the sense of accomplishment. You start browsing the websites of other marathons, eager to do it all again -- and maybe to beat your time.

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