Never Say Never

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I went to Austin this past weekend to run the HM. I had every intention of running the half, but when I got there, something just told me I would regret being in Texas and not running the full. It was so weird, like I knew I shouldn't run the full because I had just completed one 3 weeks prior, but something just told me to do it! Well, I ran the full! I told myself I would either have the best race ever, or I would have the worst!

I ran with the 4:15 pace group for 12 miles, and then hit the big hill I didn't have to tell myself to conserve energy, because I had really slowed down. I lost the 4:15 group I never did even try to keep up with them, because at mile 12 I decided I was going to not hurt myself and just finish! The ball of my right foot was screaming at me, and my right knee wasn't very happy either!

At mile 15 I decided to walk to see if that helped my foot. It did, so I came up with the idea to walk 5 minutes and run 5 minutes. This worked until mile 19, then I decided I would run until mile 21. I ran which felt better on my knee. At mile 21 I decided I would have to walk the rest of the way in, my foot was just hurting too bad! When I walked though, my knee acted up, so back to the 5 minutes of running 5 minutes of walking. At mile 22 the 4:30 pace group passed me by! I thought what if I ran with them??? There was nothing left in the tank, I knew I was going to have to do what I could to cross the finish line! At mile 23 the 4:45 pace group passed me! I was walking at the time and I felt the urge to run, I did for a little while and then that was it! Again I told myself I would have to walk the rest of the way in.

Then at mile 24 a wonderful girl ran up to me and said come on it's only 2.2 miles left, lets finish this thing running! After a high five I was off and running (or what I considered to be running anyway!). I ran with this girl until what appeared to be her daughter came and ran beside her. She got me to mile 26.2 running! I really wished I found her after the race to thank her!

My time was 5:14:11! I'm just glad I got across the finish line!
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    oh Sue..I have tears in my eyes reading this. What a great day and great month! I am so proud of you! How wonderful to have someone run with you at the end. Hope your knee and foot recover soon..
    4539 days ago
    Okay, you are seriously addicted to marathoning. 3 weeks apart?! Wow! Congrats! Great to hear you had an angel run you in. Another runner did that for me at my first 10K and I'll never forget it. I try to do the same now for others when I can. It helps so much.
    4540 days ago
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