Vacation Bible School is at church all week! I am sorry I haven't posted about the marathon. It was not my best and was a painful 26.2 miles. It was almost harder for me mentally though--to see my dream just completely vanishing in front of my eyes. What an experience! Isn't that the beauty of marathons---some are lifelong dreams, while others are crushing disappointments? Doesn't that echo life so beautifully?
I have no doubt that, without the injury, I could have met my goal. I have the fight in me still. But for now I am not even running again yet. Not only is my right calf still tender when I run, but I also stubbed my left pinkie toe on a suitcase at the hotel after the race. It is purple and swollen. Yes, I plan to get it checked out! I am proud to say that I still gritted my teeth and hobbled into VBS to serve bright and early Tuesday morning! I did not want to let the trip interfere with any more of VBS (we missed Monday since we were driving back that day). It needs to get my attention and focus for the rest of the week.
Below is a short update. It's what I sent my running group the day I returned from my trip since many were asking how I'd done.
Back late last night from our marathon trip. The trip went really well, and we enjoyed seeing my sister and cousin and also the sights in both Madison, WI and Minneapolis, MN.
The marathon was rough for me. I had a tight/sore calf going into it. I took 3 days of rest before the marathon, hoping that would help. It did not. Shortly after the start of the race, I knew my mind would not be enough to carry me to the finish I wanted. I dropped pace and just tried to hang on and keep from walking as long as possible. If all marathons were this hard, I would never run another one!! Around Mile 22, I finally gave in to walking and enjoyed sending a few texts to family and friends for encouragement. I talked myself into running again and did not stop until the end. I fought hard for a 3:51. My calf is painful right now, and I have no doubt that I should not have even attempted this race after feeling this pain and seeing the outcome of the race. That is the hard part about running a marathon in every state--sometimes you have to run and finish the run even if you don't want to!! Not sure when I will be running again. :( For some good news, Rick did great--3:25! And the kids had fun with "the best babysitters ever"--my sister and cousin!!
Thanks for the well wishes. I feel bad that I did not live up to expectations of me and others in this race. The challenge of the marathon is to get all of the factors to come together, and for me, this injury was too much to overcome. I'll get it next time!!!