Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I've Done the Calculation and Your Chances of Winning the Lottery Are Identical Whether You Play or Not f. lebowitz

Pre-Marathon

First off, I want to thank those of you who wished me well for my inaugural marathon run this past Sunday, April 5. The generous support I received has been overwhelming! It is also much appreciated.

Me

I have to say, I loved, loved, loved every minute of that run even when at mile 22 my feet began to cramp. I never did hit that infamous "wall" marathoners talk about, so I was more than happy with that. It was amazing. I can think of no other word for how I felt crossing that finish line.

My running partner and I at mile 19


A huge shout-out to the husband. His love and support throughout these past 5-months was absolutely incredible and I could not have done this without him. On numerous occasions, he was my personal Sherpa on my long training runs riding his bike by my side encouraging me on and keeping me hydrated as well as Gu loaded. During the marathon he selflessly carried a camera (and took 350 photos!), sport drinks, waters and Gu as well as jackets and warm clothes for the wind and cold the entire 26.2-miles for my friends and me. Dallas had 27 mile-per-hour winds the entire run with gusts up to 40 miles-per-hour. That wasn't right (yes, it sounds just as bad as it was). But the husband was by my side for most of the run. If my friends fell back for a bit, he slowed to bike next to them and they were so very thankful for that He's such a good soul. A few other racing friends and their wives came to bike it too despite the cold. I have fantastic friends! It was all just . . . amazing. . . !

My domestiques - as well as the husband and I at mile 22 (x2)

Finally, I have to confess, I bawled as the husband hugged me coming across the finish line and then I bawled all over again when one of our honored hero's came up to hug me while I was signing out at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's tent. . . Everything was so surreal for some time after finishing. I couldn't keep any of my tears in check. It was great to finish! I'll be signing up again with Team in Training in 2-weeks time to run the Nike San Francisco Marathon this coming October. I've got to do at least one more. . .

Arriving at the finish line
5:19:21


Me at 26.2-miles


Celebrating 26.2!

Quick physical update: I'm up and moving about, if even a bit more slowly than usual. Everything has been checking out okay and I'm not curled up in a fetal position. The only injury I sustained thus far has been a tiny blister on the tip of my third toe on my right foot. So far, this blister has not been debilitating. I am exhausted, but that took until Tuesday to hit me. I believe adrenaline kept me moving and grooving these past few days. Now I'm ready to sleep. All this to say, I'm good and feeling sweet; just going to hit the pillows.

Once again, thank you all. I hope to someday repay such generosity to each and every one of you.


“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~ Lance Armstrong

19 comments:

sid said...

You finished it. Aaaah congrats. I'm sooo happy for you. Loved the Lance Armstrong quote.

Chief Rock Chef said...

No wall?

You really are an Amazon!

Fantastic going! Now I want to do it! No, I didn't say that!

Lady Jane said...

I am so excited for you and I love that you put pics up too!! And your husband...what can I say...that is just too much for words:)) Rest up and I will be following you ( doesn't that sound all stalkerish?!)

Jay said...

Way to go babe! You rock!

Jess said...

Congratulations, that's amazing! I can only imagine the feeling of accomplishment that must take over when you cross that finish line. And good for you for wanting to do another one!! I'm impressed.
That Lance quote is great!

Tink said...

That is just amazing. I'm so proud of you! And bless hubby for being such a great partner.

g-man said...

Woo Hoo!! Congrats to you!! And many points for your hubby for all that. 350, respectable number of shots, what you have posted are really good. My wife is doing the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon in a couple weeks. (I will be here doing charity work, so no pictures from me)

Princess of the Universe said...

Congratulations dearest, you truly are a rock star~
xoxo

Suze said...

A standing ovation for you!!!

HalfCrazy said...

Hi there!

Glad you had loads of fun, your husband is so sweet, being there for you all the way!

Congrats to you for running some serious miles, you go, girl! :)

WendyB said...

Wow! congrats!

Alli said...

Congrats, again, chickie! You are so amazing! Definitely one of my inspirations to get back into it!

:)

xxxooo

Alex said...

Apologies, I'm back in an 'undisclosed location in southwest Asia' and therefore missed this but just wanted to say, congratulations and well done, enjoy the Veuve Clicquot!

Alex

Emmeline said...

I am in awe of you. Congratulations. The Artist and I have recently started running, and I can't do more than a mile at a time, so I have no idea how you did 26. That's really awesome, and my hat is off to you.

Em

Jen said...

Everyone: All y'all are awesome! See? I have AMAZING friends! Thank you, again for the generous words of support - I do appreciate them. They do mean a lot to me!

MamaMaven said...

Congrats on the accomplishment! I am doing a half in 2 weeks and am hoping to have a little of that adrenaline to keep me going. Thanks for the inspiration!

Heather
Gmans wife

Jen said...

MamaMaven: You will do awesome! It's an amazing feeling completing such accomplishments - good luck & have GMan post on how you've done! Thank you for visiting and for the words of support. I appreciate it.

miss minneapolis said...

YAY!!! Way to go Jen! Super proud of you!

Real Live Lesbian said...

YAY!! I love seeing the pics! And if you EVER come to Nashville to the Country Music Marathon....I'm buying you a big margarita afterwards! ;)