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We Ran the Marathon!

It’s over. 26.2 miles. Wow. I can barely walk and you were with me the whole time. It was funny. I was running and someone said it is nice you are running for all the people’s names on your shirt. That made me feel good for about a second until I went back to being in pain while finishing the run.

noah kagan marathon run
Check out the contest at the end of this post.

Thank you so much for all your comments and support. It was quite flattering and overwhelming. I feel like an 80 year old with a Hemorrhoid limping around. Quite Painful.

Things I learned while training for the marathon:

Consistency > Coming out of the gate fast makes you really tired after awhile. Pace yourself, run your own race and you will succeed.

Plan > Because I knew 3 months out what I needed to accomplish, this helped so many other parts of my life. I reduced my alcohol consumption significantly, I watched what I ate and I knew what I had to do to accomplish my goal. Really useful to plan.

Motivation > Have a purpose in what you are doing and let everyone know you are doing it. I wrote it online, I told all my friends and I knew it was something I personally wanted to accomplish at this point in my life. All those things really kept me going when I wanted to quit at mile 21.

Coach > Jenn was great in helping me plan out my schedule from the beginning. Having someone with experience really made a difference. This goes for everything in life.

The End Matters Most
> Anybody can start a marathon but can you finish it off. I was really surprised to see people walk the last 1/2 mile of the race. Guess what I was doing? Running my ass off like a crazy man. My mom always says you forget how hard you ran once it is over.

Effort > I have always thought I am not that smart. You knew that;) Anyways, the only difference between me and some people is effort. I did it. Wow, this post feels cocky but it shouldn’t come off that way. I want you to go do it. A marathon, new job, new restaurant, relationship, experience, anything; the difference between talking and doing is huge.

I am still overwhelmed with all the positive responses I got from you guys/girls. Thank you so much!

CONTEST: Guess what my marathon time was and you get the Okdork Team shirt above, unwashed=)

Bonus: The 5 closest people after the winner will get a Community Next T-shirt with a sharpie.

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47 responses to “We Ran the Marathon!”

April 1, 2007 at 10:50 pm

2weeks 1 day

Stephen Pitts
March 29, 2007 at 7:02 pm


Thanks for the Shirt. The only thing that could have been better, is if I could have been there!

March 12, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Way to go Noah! I’m super proud of you PIMP!! Walk backwards down the stairs – it hurts less.

Noah Kagan
March 9, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Note: I am sorry if everyones name is not on the shirt. Most of them I got after I already started running. I will post something earlier next time;)

Noah Kagan
March 8, 2007 at 10:38 am

Here are some photos from my run,

My time was: 4:58:13.0 (Yes, I am slow and fat;) )

Winner of my sweaty t-shirt is: Mike Rishworth

Winners of Community Next + Sharpie shirts are:
Andrew F
Jason H
Stephen Pitts

March 7, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Congrats! Sorry I missed the chance to win an unwashed tee, thank goodness I made my own tee 😉

Marshall Middle
March 7, 2007 at 6:11 am

Congratulations. I’m guessing 4hour 23minutes.

dave mcclure
March 7, 2007 at 3:57 am

wow, and you didn’t seem to be limping hardly a bit today!

quite impressive. respect 🙂

March 6, 2007 at 7:08 pm


Time doesn’t matter. A friend used to tell me “a good runner never stops” … I still follow that whenever I’m running ;p

Woo, I’m on your shirt! Hah, thanks!

Bernadette Balla
March 6, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Mummy is soo proud.

March 6, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Eight hours and eighty eight minutes minus four hours and forty four minutes…

I’ll get my coat!

March 6, 2007 at 10:04 am

Yikes, I am sore for ya! Congrats though!


Damon Billian
March 6, 2007 at 12:17 am

You do know the original marathon runner died, right?

First marathon:
I am guessing 5 hours, 26 minutes, 12 seconds, 18 nanoseconds.

Andrew Ferguson
March 5, 2007 at 11:15 pm

5 hours, 14 minutes, 24 seconds

Josh Spear
March 5, 2007 at 10:05 pm

8 hours you freaking slow poke.

March 5, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Good job buddy! Called you last night, but couldn’t get through. Glad you finished 26 mutha f’n miles… My goodness. When I finish 2 miles with out falling over and feeling like I am going to pass out until Sunday I will call you. Take it easy bro. And my guess is… 4hours 15 min.a

March 5, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Not just a marathon, Noah has run 245mi in the last 4 months.
That’s like from Facebook/Palo Alto to Reno, NV.

March 5, 2007 at 9:25 pm

4:59, stud.

Noah Brier
March 5, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Congrats dude, I’m proud of ya.

March 5, 2007 at 7:44 pm

3 hours 55 minutes

steven blacker
March 5, 2007 at 7:26 pm

3 hrs 49 min

SusanJones (SixGunSusie)
March 5, 2007 at 7:20 pm

mmmmm…..60 minutes
oh! wait! what are we talking about again?
ha! running, right

March 5, 2007 at 6:03 pm

One hour
Twenty minutes
Five seconds

That’s how much Noah rocks.

March 5, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Great Job! Amazing! I can;t even imagine that far walking or running, so I’m saying 4 Hours, 33 minutes and 33 seconds. Good Luck everyone!

Akash Garg
March 5, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Noah — great job. It’s awesome that you ran the last 1/2 mile, that’s the way to finish it!

Stephen Pitts
March 5, 2007 at 5:28 pm

I will have to guess, since my name is on the shirt:

I look forward to the results.

March 5, 2007 at 4:40 pm

3:57:02 – i want the shirt!!!!

…..andre, if you win then send it my way!!!! (fyi…yes, i’m his stalker) hahhaaaha

Noah Kagan
March 5, 2007 at 4:39 pm

I knew 1 or 2 of my readers would be smart enough to check out the website for my time. Glad I have a few smart ones=P

Paul McEnany
March 5, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Oh, shit, mike beat me to it!

Paul McEnany
March 5, 2007 at 4:36 pm

Ummm, let me see, I think I’ll guess 4 hours, 58 minutes and 13 seconds. Is that close?

Congrats, man!

March 5, 2007 at 4:32 pm

that is disgusting. please wash it first. GOOO NOAH!!!

Mike Rishworth
March 5, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Dude, noooooooooooooooo, you save that shirt forever. And cotton, how are your nipples? 4:58:13

How do you feel about your time?

Consistency, Plan, Motivation, Coach, The End Matters Most, Effort… Goal?

Congrats Noah!

Pat Phelan
March 5, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Well done Noah

Jason H.
March 5, 2007 at 4:00 pm

BIG Congrats 🙂

5:00:00 is my guess

SusanJones (SixGunSusie)
March 5, 2007 at 3:17 pm

My hero!

March 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm

3:57:01 – You can keep the shirt 🙂

March 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Wow man. I wish i had the will to run even 1 mile. I think your post just gave me the motivation i needed to go home and start running again. I’m just not so happy to hear you had to reduce alcohol consumption.
As far as your time, I’m gonna have to say 4 hours 20 minutes. When is the next marathon BTW?

March 5, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Good job. 4 hours 03 minutes and 26 seconds.

I dont see my name on the shirt though! i feel cheated. for that, im only gonna recommend ur site to 6000 new readers and not 20,000 as planned.

Tony Chung
March 5, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Sickmatic job Noah. Keep going bro. Sometimes the hardest part is to follow up a big accomplishment like this. Will you be able to follow this up and continue all 6 bolded points above? 😉

3 hours and 40 minutes?

Bill Smith
March 5, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Congratulations! It’s funny how much you can learn from running twenty six miles. It hurts like hell afterwards but the emotional buzz makes up for it.

March 5, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Good job Noah!
I’m going with 4 hours 12 minutes.

Scott Hurff
March 5, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Congrats amigo. I’m impressed. 26 miles? I’d say 4 hours and 5 minutes.

Noah Kagan
March 5, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Will, Next year? haha. Will see. I was thinking about doing this every 25 years=)

Will Kern
March 5, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Congrats on surviving to fight another day! Sorry I did not make a post in time to get on the shirt, but there is always next year, right? 🙂
I am guessing that you made it in at 3 hours 56 minutes.


March 5, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Congrats =) Are you going to stick to your new health plan despite the marathon being over?

Every so often, you write something that motivates me to try and work even harder than I am. “Effort” was a great blurb because it reminded me that I’m not at my height of effort and that’s not fair to myself or what I’m doing. Thanks for always being such an inspiration, Noah.

Now go get a massage or soak in a warm bath!

Noah Kagan
March 5, 2007 at 12:28 pm

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Nat Turner
March 5, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Congrats Noah! I’m going to say Three Hours and 22 minutes.

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