Sunday, October 17, 2010
Another marathon is behind me - another fundraising success for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society raising more than $150.000 (I don't remember the exact amount).
Yesterday (Saturday) was a beautiful day in Cleveland. I packed the bag - got in the car and headed to Columbus. It was one gorgeous drive with all the fall colors. Got to Columbus. Took a wrong turn, which turned out to be to my advantage - because I ended up a block from the convention center. Got my bib (plus picked up one for Chris and one for Jerry). Back to the hotel, and off to the inspirational dinner. Food was OK, but I am getting to the point where I have been to too many of them - and in addition I live and breathe cancer in my work.
After the dinner my room mate Darryl and I went to the room where we watched a little TV and then I fell asleep.
Got up this morning - got dressed - and had breakfast and then meet with the team. Chris my buddy, his brother and wife came down to run as well. So we all went to the start line. (Chris was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago - and ran the Cleveland marathon in May).
It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Blue sky. not too cold in the am. 7:30 we started to move - sorta - 15.000 people doesn't move that easy. But we got going. I did well, until mile 4 when I stepped in a hole - but no sprain. At mile 13 where we split I was at 2:10 which is my regular HM time.
Mile 17 my thighs - only my thighs started to feel like lead. It was horrible because the rest of me felt great. Because of that (and I am not sure what caused it) I got slowed down ... and my finish time ended up being about 5:05.
Yes, I am a little disappointed, BUT I am not running for me, I am running for a cause. Running to help others. So, I will get over the 5:05 (or what ever it ends up being). Second, I finished. Third, this is my second marathon in three weeks, and for medical reasons I was unable to do any workout last week. So, I guess I am doing OK.
I will take a rest day tomorrow ... or will I - no, I have yoga scheduled. That may be beneficial to get some muscles and ligaments stretched. Perhaps later this week is a rest day.
It was on purpose I did not give a lot of details - I ran the run on my own ... met a few people I conversed with briefly ... so, I actually had fun :-)
There were a couple of other sparkers there - my friends Anne and Bill (who I have done some biking with) and Anne introduced me to a couple of others this morning - but I have to disappoint you - I can't remember their names (for crying out loud it was 7am)
Now make it a great evening. I am headed for the sheets ... SOOOOON.