Friday, October 14, 2011

I didn’t want to finish…

Hey loves!!! It’s been a while since I posted but I had to catch you up on my latest endeavor.

As most of you know, I have been training for my first half marathon and it hasn’t been an easy task…between foot, hip, and pelvis pain; I didn’t know if I could actually do it.

Even though I had all these doubts, I still prepared for the big day and picked up all my running essentials….

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The big day arrived on Sunday and I felt pretty good and optimistic! My friend and I headed into the city, to catch the ferry to Staten Island…we were participating in the NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon

We arrived to the terminal and felt like sardines in a can…can you say Chaotic???

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They were not really prepared for all these people so they had to send 2 extra ferries to accommodate all the runners...

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After what seemed like forever, we finally boarded our ferry…

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I loved seeing all these runners in one place!

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Hey there pretty lady!!!!

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We arrived at Staten Island 20 minutes after the race started and had to rush over the start mat before it was removed…

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I was feeling good but something went horribly wrong in mile 3…I felt like someone was stabbing me in my knee. I was so scared of putting pressure on my left foot that I was over compensating with my right and ended up injuring myself. I tried to push through but the pain was so unbearable. Every time I tried to run, it only lasted a couple of minutes and had to start walking again. I was starting to feel discouraged and did everything I could to hold my tears back…I was way behind the pack and felt like a failure.

At mile 9, I had to jump out of the race and run into a store to get advil…but I jumped right back and kept on going. By mile 10, my camelbak completely ran out of water…did I forget to mention that it was abnormally warm that day? At mile 11, I turn to the guy next to me and joke “Sooooo how much are you hating Staten Island right now?” he joked back “I am never coming back here again!”…

As I was arriving to Mile 12, I wanted to quit but then I saw something that I was not expecting…my mom, sister, and homefries cheering for me…tears started to stream down my face not because I was in so much pain but because there they were…the backbone of who I am. I ran to my sister and started to cry and muttered “I am in so much pain…” she told me that she knew but I only had 1 more mile to go and I could do it..I waved bye and continued on…

I kept going and I could see the finish line and then I saw myself running right through it!

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After I crossed the finished I broke down in tears and hobbled over to the medic tent, to get my knee wrapped and iced..

Ouch!!!

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I then took a picture with homefries!!! Isn’t she getting soooooo freaking tall???

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And just like that…I completed my first half marathon! (Official time: 2:53:14)

And guess what…I am ONE race away from qualifying for the 2012 Marathon!

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Namaste…

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9 comments :

  1. I can't even imagine how hard that must have been to keep going with a hurt knee. While it would have been totally okay and understandable to stop, you finished it anyway! I am so happy for you and know that you will keep reaching those goals :)

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  2. Ah-freaking-mazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. You are amazing! I am so freaking proud of you for accomplishing this. A warrior, my friend!

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  4. Congratulations on your first Half Mary! It was great of your family to be near the finish line to give the much-needed boost!

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  5. AWESOME!! Good for you MAri!! What an amazing accomplishment. I'm glad you finished, and worked through the pain, but now it's healing time, so give that knee some rest!

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  6. I can't imagine finishing if my knee was having stabbing pains. I hope you are healing and resting!!! Congrats on your 1/2 marathon :)

    Jen@FoodFamilyFitness

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  7. Holy cow! I can't believe you kept going. That's determination and hopefully a good understanding of your own body to know when too much is too much or when you can keep going. Congrats!

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