I was naive going into the Boston Marathon.

I’ve never run it.

I was a first-timer.

I didn’t know what I was getting into.

I didn’t realize how hilly, tough, and challenging the course is.

When I saw the elevation gain when I finished I was shocked.

We can only learn so much about something by reading.

We really don’t know until we do it.

There comes a time when we have to do it.

We have to experience it firsthand and learn for ourselves.

We learn by doing and experiencing.

I went in with the mentality that the course doesn’t matter and I can push through anything.

That shows my naivety as well as the dogged competitor in me.

I’m always going to stretch myself and push my limits.

That’s who I am.

But I wasn’t prepared for the hills.

The hills caused heartbreak.

But overall my heart is happy because I managed to hang on, grind it out, and run a personal best in the Boston Marathon.