My word. I think I’ve officially gone insane. Can someone please remind me that running a marathon is HARD, and time consuming, and HARD and time consuming. Ahh! For those of you who don’t know, I ran my first marathon in March(Napa Valley Marathon…AMAZING race) with patellar tendonosis.
Like, knowingly ran with this injury. I taped up, braced up, and took off. Slowly. Took off slowly. It hurt like nobody’s business and I cried as I crossed the finish line. I know a lot of people cry…but I cried partly out of total shock and disbelief that I was actually able to do it in that much pain, and partly because I was so glad it was over.
In spite of my horrible finishing time and intense physical anguish(I know this sounds dramatic, but it hurt ok) it still felt like one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. My biggest supporter and fan, my husband, was at the finish line waiting for me with tears in his eyes (he had also run, finished, changed, and eaten and was standing in the cold pouring rain. He was probably thanking his lucky stars I was finally finished). Seriously though, it’s a moment with him I’ll never forget.
Ironically enough, one of the only pics I have of the actual run was behind a guy wearing a MetroPCS Dallas Marathon shirt….the very race I have now signed myself up to run. How crazy is that?! This pic is really blurry(since I was running so fast and all) so squint hard and you can see the logo on the back of the white shirt….
I said within 5 minutes that I’d never do it again. 20 Minutes later I had decided that I may do one once Lila’s in Kinder. On the flight home I was considering another one in the next 2 years, and here I am 5 months later with my registration confirmation email and a training plan in hand. Have I lost my mind?
I haven’t figured out what it is about this crazy sport that keeps me coming back. I had to take 6 weeks off from running after the marathon. I spent all my training time on my bike and in yoga and I had a lot of time to reflect. I finally decided that I was giving my body a break from running for a while.