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Marathon: Day After

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." ~ John Quincy Adams

"Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep." ~ Denis Waitley

This Marathon Walk had no losers. We all did our best and succeeded even if we did not go all the 40K. Some knew their limit and walked as far as they planned. Our objective was to see what we could do, not only in how far we could go or how long we would last, but also in finding and receiving donations for a special cause. We are all most grateful for those who cheered us on and who gave to the cause. The folks in our little church are amazed at what God has done to provide for the restoration of what seemed impossible with their meager means. I don't have a total yet but I do know that is far above what we thought we would raise!

Never did any of us imagine (although I admit that I dreamed BIG) that we would be blessed in this way!!! Thank God for what He has done through and for us!

My feet hurt me most of the way. Today they are just fine and I did not damage them any more than they were from training. That is a huge relief. I did kind of hobble the last half of the walk. I found that my thigh muscles were not well-prepared (not enough squats methinks!) and they are making it challenging to get up and down. I do know that I will be better off once they stop hurting. One knee is not happy but it's the one that usually tells me I have overdone it and it will be fine in a few days. I did have a difficult time finding a good position for sleep last night but I went to bed early and slept well for nearly 10 hours!!!

Two colleagues walked with me. Michele (SparkPerson AM.GIRLINBRAZIL) walked the first 20K with me, and then switched with Carol for the last half. They were great! We chatted and that helped a lot to get my mind off my feet. I only paused to change shoes and unload some things into my husband's pickup. Oh, and the two bathroom-in-the-bushes pauses.

At 35 km I felt dizzy and nauseous. That was my low point and I told Carol I didn't think I could go on. She kept telling me that I just needed a little breather and then I might be able to do a little more. I was so grateful that I had a walking partner; her husband pulled over for me to sit in their car with the a/c for 5 minutes or so. That made all the difference and I was able to go on. Seemed like it was uphill all the rest of the way!!! He stopped his car about every kilometer until just before the end! I was excited to wave him on every time until the finish line was in sight!

I was surprised and delighted that so many made it all the way - 15 of 19! We all had a great time! I was the last to cross the Finish Line and it was a special moment especially since EVERYONE was there to cheer for me!!! Even one of my sponsors showed up to give me a congrats and huge hug!!! WOW!!!

Finally home, I did not feel like resting - did lots of stretches, watched an old movie, ate until I was satisfied, drank lots, did a little reading, organized my stuff and put away what I didn't use, set my gear at the laundry sink to be cleaned today. Decided not to even turn on the computer cuz I did not want to sit here for long. The cold shower was great and it was funny to realize how very grateful I am for an indoor toilet!!! Hah! Hah!

So today I organized photos to share at church tonight and here on SP tomorrow. I have so many things and people for which to be thankful - hundreds of cheerleaders around-the-globe! If you did not know before, I am an American missionary living in Brazil. I am 60 years old and just did my first Marathon Walk! I could not have made this dream come true without SparkPeople and the amazing process of growth that God brought me through over these past 6 years. I have changed for the best and plan to make positive, healthful decisions for my spiritual, physical, and mental health for the rest of my life.

After all, THIS is MY Life!!!

Tomorrow I plan to post the video of my experience. Watch for it!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EMELEE82 6/2/2012 11:26PM

    Way to go!!! That is so awesome!! well done and congrats to you all!

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ROSEDOLL 5/31/2012 10:30AM

    Congratulations! You are quiet the inspiration to me. emoticon

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BGUMBA 5/31/2012 8:22AM

    Vicki, fantastic job! God does so many miraculous things, and He has given you so much strength and perseverance. I congratulate you and your teammates for a job well done.

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JUICYLOVE2 5/30/2012 2:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ...for sharing your wonderful journey with us.

I am sooo looking forward to enjoying your video.

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You are amazing!

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CKSONGBIRD 5/29/2012 7:45PM

    Vicki, I'm proud of you. I've always thought about doing something like that, but I'm in no condition to do that. Good going!

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BARBARASDIET 5/28/2012 8:16PM

    Congratulations, Vicki!! A HUGE achievement!!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 5/28/2012 7:59PM

    Tears are in my eyes! So super glad to have participated in this big life's event with you! Wish I could have seen you at the finish line! Glad for Carol who went with you to the end after my 20 were all done. Take care of those feet this week. Looking forward to more big events in healthy living in the future!

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LYNNANN43 5/27/2012 11:05PM

    40K = 24 mi. and 1504.5 yd. HOLY COW!!!!!

YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Will be looking for the video:D

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AJDOVER1 5/27/2012 9:30PM

    You are my hero! I'm so glad you posted the details of this journey. I'm looking forward to your video.

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HEALTHY4ME 5/27/2012 9:29PM

    Ican't even imagine!! wowowowowowow congrats to you all and you must be so proud!!!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/27/2012 9:22PM

    Wow wow woweee! Can not wait to see the video! You are amazing!

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