Charlene Gonzalez completes back-to-back marathons
Charlene Gonzalez proves that with effort and determination, one’s goals can be achieved at any point in his or her life.
The 44-year-old actress and former beauty queen finished not one, but two, marathons just three weeks apart. Last September, Gonzalez completed the Berlin Marathon.
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Thank you 🇩🇪#BerlinMarathon2018 for the great memories made!! Such a beautiful city to run in & running thru the #BradenburgGates at the finish line was such an amazing and emotional feeling to run through such an historic monument!! 🇩🇪🏆🇩🇪 #42k..A beautiful way to end the race🇩🇪♥️#berlinmarathonmedal is such a beautiful site to see as well!! Thank you lord for the wonderful experience & for a safe finish!! All glory & praise to you Jesus!! 🙏🏻💛🙏🏻
Less than a month later, Gonzalez would compete, albeit with some hesitation, at the Chicago Marathon held last Sunday, Oct. 7.
“By far, this was one of my most memorable, emotional & painful races to date for me,” she said.
She admitted in an Instagram post, “Entering into this race I was quite nervous considering this would be my 2nd marathon in one month and I did not feel I had fresh legs entering the race.”
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Aga & I thank you Ben Tanner @btan4848 for your kindness, hospitality & for pacing me through out the Chicago marathon. As I said earlier, entering into this race I was quite nervous considering this would be my 2nd marathon in one month & I did not feel I had fresh legs entering the race. The question of whether I would be able to finish the race entered my mind several times. 😩 I did not know how my body would respond to the heavy load but you made sure I was on track & on pace on the course and pushed me forward to keep on going & to run non-stop. The rain was continuous until mile 16 & at mile 20, I wanted to give up since my legs was fatigue & feeling weak under me, from the compounded tiredness of the 2 races. You did not allow me to give up & because of your guidance on the course I got my personal best time of 4:58:29.. Yey!! ♥️ ♥️My first sub 5.. Yey ♥️😃 So nice of you to be of help & to share your talent/knowledge in the sport.. 😃 By far, this was one of my most memorable, emotional & painful races to date for me… 😃 I cried buckets of tears on the course & especially, as I crossed the finish line..😂The struggle is real!!!! 😂 hehe 😂 Thank you again for your kindness 😃😃 Until the next 42k.. Keep on running 🏃🏻 & God speed 😃 picture was taken before & after the race.. #chicagomarathon2018 #sub5 😃 #personalbest #PR #thanksben #4daysinchicago #thankyoulord 🙏🏻 #almosthome 🇵🇭 #onemorestop #cannotwaittoseemyfamily👨👩👧👦♥️😃
An additional challenge was running in the rain: “The rain was continuous until mile 16 and at mile 20, I wanted to give up since my legs [were fatigued] and feeling weak under me, from the compounded tiredness of the 2 races.”
“I cried buckets of tears on the course and especially, as I crossed the finish line,” she said.
Guiding her through the process was friend Ben Tanner, whom she credits for pushing her to achieve her personal best: “You did not allow me to give up and because of your guidance on the course I got my personal best time of 4:58:29.”
It was husband Aga Muhlach who convinced her to go through with the race, even if she wanted to pull out because she would be traveling on her own and it was just a quick trip.
“Thank you B @agamuhlach317 (Aga Muhlach) for always being a source of strength & inspiration. Your support is amazing,” she wrote.
Gonzalez has come a long way, both figuratively and literally, since her first marathon last year. She ran in the Tokyo Marathon in February 2017 after training for almost 10 months. The hard work was worth it as she ticked off running a marathon from her bucket list. /ra
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