Last updated on August 17th, 2019 at 03:41 am
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Saturday’s Marathon, was the toughest of the 3 I have done so far, yet I felt the strongest mentally and cardiovascularly.
I got to the race late with a full bladder and a long porta potty line in front of me. By the time I got out of the porta-potty all the other runners expect those behind me at the porta potty were already through the start line.
Amazingly this really did not phase me. I knew from years of racing that my race would not start until my timing tag crossed the start line. It did mean I had to do a bit of passing, but the route was wide enough to do so without problems.
I felt really strong, and managed to work my way up to running between the 4 hrs and 45 min pack and the 4 hrs and 30 minute pack using my ratio of 4 minutes running and 1 minute walking from Jeff Galloway’s plan.
Then at mile 12, I started getting twinges of pain down the side of my left leg. I was okay on the flat portions, but even a slight up hill was becoming painful.
By mile 14 I felt some relief and picked up a bit of speed again but by mile 18 the pain came back and it was horrible.
Right between mile 19 and 20 I tried to call my hubby but he apparently could not hear his cell ring in all the race commotion. I got hold of my red head runner (my favorite running buddy) and told her my dilemma.
She told me to stop and stretch and see if I could perhaps walk it but if that was too painful I should stop. I decided I would walk 5 minutes and shuffle (running was not an option) 5 minutes.
At mile 20 my husband got a hold of me and the ER nurse in him tried to convince me to stop, but as my husband of almost 17 years he knew me better, and finally said, “just walk it” .
So I gave up trying to run at all, and just concentrated on keeping up a good walk. Shortly after mile 20 the 4 hour 45 minute group past me, which was mentally a bit hard as I really wanted to make it to the finish line with them, and to know I lost them with just 6 miles to go was so disappointing.
At mile 24 I saw the face of my hubby, who then walked the rest of the way beside me on the side lines with constant “come on honey you can do it” “looking good not much further now”.
Two medics at one water stopped approached me asking if I was going to be okay, and I muttered “yes” under my breath and kept walking.
With just 200 yards to go I turned the corner and saw the finish line, I picked up to a shuffle and crossed in 5 hours 15 minutes and 40 seconds. My worst Marathon time yet, but yet I am the most proud of it.
I did it, I finished the race. Despite great pain, I gathered up the courage and strength to push through it and finish.
I pushed pride to the side, that was screaming “you are not going to make your goal so why not just give into the pain, and stop now” and I completed the race, one painful inch at a time.
48 hours later, I am still feeling physically beat up. My husband and I believe I am experiencing sciatic nerve pain, as it seems to radiate from my lower back and down my legs. During my third pregnancy my daughter pinched that nerve badly during my last trimester, and the pain I experienced then was a lot like the pain I experienced Saturday (and am still feeling two days later).
But this pain is not going to stop me. I am going to continue inching forward in my physical fitness. I am simple going to rest a while, before picking up pace again.
With that said, I am not listing workouts this week, because I won’t be working out.
My main workout goal this week
To rest completely until I feel no muscle or joint pain. Then for 7 days after my first pain free day, I am going to do nothing but walk for 30 minutes to an hour each day.
How about you? Is there something in your life you are just proud you finished even though it didn’t go as planned?
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