I’m typing this recap while watching the women’s Olympic marathon – they just ran 7 miles in 39:00 (so inspiring!).
Everyone reading this blog knows that in early May I signed up for 4 late summer/fall half marathons only to take a serious fall a week later resulting in an ankle, knee, and wrist injury . . . and then a back injury. SIGH. It definitely wasn’t the plan, but I’m a “make lemonade” kinda gal so luckily I was able to drop down from the half to a mini (5K).
MOA and I headed to the start line and we both agreed on one thing – it.was.humid!!! We sat on the curb during the pre-game entertainment (my back was already screaming just from our leisurely stroll from the hotel to the start line). I selected my Bondi Band because I knew that digging deep (to overcome my back pain) would not get the job done – I knew I would need to “dig deeper”. We opted for purple so I busted out the purple polish and brought my usual enthusiasm to the party.
Soon enough we were off – I got caught up in the “sea of humanity” that was running . . . 4 minutes later I was like, “WHAT am I DOING?” So I decided that I would run for one ipod song and walk for one. I did that twice and my back was SCREAMINZG! I felt as if this 3 miles was going to feel a lot like the 2 miler I had tried to do a month earlier (click HERE if you want to remember the nightmare). During that 2nd walking break (about 3/4 of a mile into the race) I came across a true angel – Sonya! She started talking to me and invited me to stay with her – that’s it – I knew I would need that social contact in order to be able to finish this race without sitting on the curb, stopping to stretch, or possibly even giving up. Sonya and I walked and talked and enjoyed the beauty of the course. I owe her EVERYTHING! I LOVE RACING for that reason – people are just awesome! Here are some pictures I took along the way – just so beautiful!
Here’s a picture of Sonya – thanks girl! It was HOT and it was her first race, but she was such awesome and I’m so grateful! You might remember last year I “met” a guy during this race (click HERE if you care). . . friendly Midwest town I guess
A painful time, but take THAT injuries – I can’t be stopped!!!!! (Slowed yes . . 51:47, but NOT STOPPED!). BAM!
Next up? Post Race Fun!