Well, I did it! It wasn’t pretty, but I did it. There were several things I was worried about. First was the weather – I was afraid it would rain. And it did! In fact, I heard that the marathoners, who started earlier and joined in with us about halfway, ran into hail. Thankfully we only hit rain, but it really didn’t seem to affect me much, which surprised me. The second thing that worried me was my knee. It held up just fine. I ended up doing a combination of light running, walking, power walking and about everything in between. I was worried about finishing last and I didn’t!! I was especially proud of Abby, who ran a 2:17 which put her about midway in the rankings. Not bad for a beginning runner. My time was “ahem” a little longer, but the fact is, I finished! A nice perk was that as I came across the finish line, they called my name over the loudspeaker and a city councilman, who just happened to be my brother-in-law, was there to present me with my medal.
I don’t think we looked too worse for wear, but we were soaked! Will I do it again? Maybe, but it’s kind of like childbirth. I have to forget this one first.
Today I took it really easy, dosed myself with Ibuprofen and have spent most of the day watching BBC mysteries and knitting. I’m engaging in a different kind of marathon and trying to get Dark and Stormy done. I am agreeing with Lorette that I’m not too keen anymore on seamless sweaters. As much as I dislike seaming, I think I’m disliking even more having this huge bulk of sweater in my lap to turn as I do the sleeves. But I am getting near the finish line! Maggie approves.
I’ve just been listening to the news and my heart breaks about the news from Boston. Yesterday some of the marathoners running alongside us were running to qualify for the Boston marathon next year. Such evil in the world!