I made it! I ran my first half marathon!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
That was yesterday. It was a chilly morning in Walnut Creek. As we drove to the location of the half marathon, we admired the lunar eclipse. It seemed auspicious that the eclipse would be taking place on the morning of my first half marathon.
Astrologist, Ralphee Finn, writes of the lunar eclipse: During a lunar eclipse, conscious concerns override unconscious ones. Eclipses tend to distort time, so put aside any expectations that any of your plans will go smoothly. (Then you can be pleasantly surprised if they do.) Also be prepared for emotional tides – yours or others’ – to run much higher than usual, even for this time of year. (Think: “flood zone.”)
Well, I was doing great the first three miles or so. I was chilly but I was chugging ahead with my fellow runners. I took a sip of water and screwed the top back on when the toe of my shoe knocked into a rise in the asphalt and down I went, with a short skid. Are you kidding me? I thought, as people rushed over to help me up. I was fine except for the shredding of skin on my left palm, my knee, a bruise on my shoulder, and a small nip on my right wrist. My ego suffered the most bruising though. Wow! I never expected that.
A male runner stood with me to make sure I was o.k. once I was back on my feet. "Keep drinking your water, and keep walking slowly," he said. I did what he said. I was fine, but shaking badly. The shaking had to do with fear. You never know when you take a fall if you've broken anything. I walked slowly for a time and when I had collected myself again, I increased my pace, and when I finally got over the shock of my fall, I began running again.
Using the Galloway method of running helped my ego in that I was running then walking. I don't know what I would have felt if my goal would have been to run the entire half marathon without stopping. I did not have a time limit. My goal was to finish the half marathon. So I did just that, even with a left leg that while not broken or sprained ached when I ran. The bottom of my left foot bothered me as well for reasons I do not know since I was wearing the shoes I always wear to run.
Ralfee Finn also writes of the lunar eclipse: In the midst of all this astral activity, the Sun/Mars square that’s been turning tempers more than a tad testy is finally separating, and as that fractious interaction ends, many of us will find it easier to be kinder to ourselves and to each other.
It is a relief that I did not break anything during the fall. Thank you to all the people who ran to my aid when I fell, and to the man who stood with me when I was finally up, making sure that I took my first few steps safely, and that I continued to drink my water.