My First Marathon

curried brusselsI did it!!  I ran my first marathon ever. I even ran the whole thing, well besides the one bathroom break and the slow downs to grab water, drink it and move on. It was pretty cool. Who knew that I would ever do a marathon? (well I guess I did, because I planned to do it, but you know what I mean) Running has slowly grown on me, as a kids I hated it, in college I only did it because we had too.  It was only until the latter years that I started to enjoy it more as I got in better shape. Then I finished school and moved away and realized it was a nice form of exercise and just good to get outside, see the sunshine, breath fresh air and spend time with friends. Signing up for races was a good way to keep me motivated to run. I’ve done a handful of 5ks, 10ks and two half marathons, now my list of running endeavors in complete with a marathon. Will there be another? Maybe :)

The days leading up to the marathon actually made me really nervous. I was nervous because a couple weeks back, after my training run of 15 miles my hip was in intense pain two days after. I was worried that this was an indication of what was to come if I ran the marathon.  I took the time to rest my hip after that, got lots of chiropractic care and acupuncture and thought positively. Race morning came and I got up, got dressed, ate my breakfast of Notmeal, fried eggs and blackberries and took my cup of coffee to go. A group of us met at the gym at 4:45am. Yes.. 4:45 am. Race start time was 7:30, but we wanted to make sure we got down there with plenty of time to spare. And we did. We had plenty of time to use the restrooms, walk around, stretch, sit a bit and mentally prepare. We watched the sunrise and got ourselves ready to run.

The first 13 miles Tony and I ran together. This came as a surprise to me as Tony said he was going to walk the marathon. But I truly enjoyed running with someone as this was our first run together. At mile 5 I decided I was warm enough to take my sweatshirt off and at mile 13 I decided I I needed to pick up the pace to make it in my goal of under 5 hours.  And that’s just what I did. I picked it up quite a bit, actually a little to fast to be honest. Then I needed to slow it back down, which came real easy for me. I was feeling pretty good up until mile 22. Then I started to feel some pain. Cramp in my left quad and right knee was talking to me. But  I had to keep going. Everyone told me t his was a mental thing, so I believed them and pushed on through. When I got to Brentwood I started to see familiar faces and hear familiar voices which was oh so nice. Except when I got to the final bend, no part of me wanted to stop and say hi.  If those friends where earlier in the race, I would have pulled over, chatted, then went on with my run, but I had to keep moving and finish.  And I did, in 4:57.58. Just under the 5 hour mark which was my estimated goal time. I want to say thanks to everyone that came out and supported. It was so much fun to be out there, and I felt so loved and supported to see and hear everyone too. Thank you!

Now onto what to eat…

Curried brussels and turkey

serves about 2

What you will need:

1 onion-chopped

1 bag sliced brussels sprouts

1/2 # ground turkey

1/3 cup coconut milk

salt, pepper to taste

The below ingredients I used, but did not measure, I put more of the spice if I listed it first

curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, turmeric

olive oil

What to do:

In a large pan coated with olive oil, saute onions on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Next add in brussels sprouts and season with salt and a bit more oil.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Then add in ground turkey and cook until turkey is almost done. Next add in all spices and mix throughly, and add in coconut milk to help incorporate.  Cook until meat is cooked and brussels sprouts are tender but not mushy.

Enjoy  and garnish with a carrot peal if desired.


  1. Thomas Paccioretti says:

    Congrats on your marathon Ms. Brown. Good on ya. Interesting information for both Cheeks. I do not read blogs, Facebook is not of interest to me and I don’t read the comments to journalists’ articles from the “public” – but I do read you Cheeks, twice a week and I find what you have to say of interest. Crazy huh? Keep it up. And oh yeah – this weekend I completed a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned hands-on course and have become a certified BBQ judge! Looking forward to judging my first contest in Long Beach in May. I’ll keep you informed. Keep Q’in. Cheers.

  2. I just made this tonight and it was delicious! Many thanks!!