Well, 2016 ended up with someone T-boning me before Christmas Eve and me not having my car back for 3 weeks. That's fine. Training had been going well for Houston up until that point. My neck was a bit fucked up after the accident but a couple of adjustments and I felt A-OK. But a week after the accident, my knee started feeling funky, my hamstring and calf also sore. I could run with it and no pain, just an ache was present, so I did not think anything of it. 2017 came in and I was tapering for Houston.
Then, on my last run before Houston, so much pain. I couldn't even walk afterwards. No matter how much tape and massages I did before Houston, the pain was always there. I started the marathon knowing I wouldn't finish. I did 1.92 miles according to my Garmin, none of which were painless. Walked back to the hotel and iced the knee until my husband finished the half marathon.
I have a torn meniscus. Most likely caused by the car accident, according to my doctor…
Late to the party but here is me after the Chicago Marathon. What this picture does not show is that this was my goal race but I had to modify training when my husband found out he had a brain tumor (a gigantic one, bigger than a fist), that he went through surgery and he is A-OK, that he recovered and ran his first Half Marathon post surgery (and almost PRd), and that all of that left my training very crazy. And in addition to that, my asthma doctor told me on Monday, I only had 52% of breathing capacity. I have done 36 marathons, including this one, but I never expected that by Mile 1, I was so slow (for me) that I didn't even want to push. I wanted to quit, I was slow. My husband kept texting me not to quit and I felt guilty for bringing him to Chicago after all of that only to quit another marathon (I've quit before due to the asthma). So, I finished. I was slow (for me), I felt like all this year was a waste in my training. But when I stepped into the hotel room, …
Sorry for the delay in writing race reports! As you will see with my last report from the July race, there have been many surprises in the last few weeks to keep us busy here at home!
But, back to race reports. In April, I ran the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge at Disney World. Initially, I was to run only the Half Marathon with hubby, but after my friend Beth announced she was getting married that Thursday and that we had several wedding parties to attend to, I said why not do the challenge instead since I was going to be at Disney since Wednesday? So, when Disney opened a few more challenge spots, I was ready!
We left Miami on Thursday early afternoon and I had the bachelorette dinner that night, so we barely made it in time for me to change and head there.
Beth and I are part of a group of wonderful women (Just us Girls) and a group of us were there to celebrate Beth and Shane's wedding. But first, the bachelorette dinner: