everyone for your comforting words and encouragement. My family, friends, and co-workers have been very sweet the last couple days as I am still reeling from Saturday's outcome. However, the comments left by everyone here have been especially comforting because YOU KNOW what it's all about. You can empathize with this whole situation because so many of you also have had the experience of training for days, weeks, months, for one single event and then have it all fall apart for one reason or another.
These past 5 months have been the hardest I've trained for anything since college...and I've had more fun with my training than I've had in years. I've relished challenging myself each workout with the demanding paces that the RLRF program dictates. These past few weeks, in particular, I've enjoyed surprising myself with running paces and distances that I never thought possible for me. I'm just an Average Woman, after all!
So right now, I'm still heart broken and frustrated at not getting to see the final product of months of preparation, at not being able to put myself to a great test. I'm going to try not to wallow too long but I'm sure I'll have my moments. This morning, for example, I had to walk down the street where my injury occurred as I was going from the doctor's office to my work and I just LOST IT. I started bawling right there on Columbia St.
My challenge over the coming weeks will be to keep a positive attitude, maintain my motivation to cross-train (I think I should be able to swim, at least with a pull buoy?), and do whatever my physical therapist tells me to (first appointment on Friday).
Ok, so I've wandered from my original goal, which was to focus on the GOOD before the bad & ugly happened:
FRIDAY - RNR EXPO was great with a couple girlfriends. Lots of good, tense energy!
|Friend, K, ran the half and had a great time.|
|This was "A's" second half and she improved her time by over 10 minutes!|
|The beautiful Seattle RNR course|
After the Expo, I had just enough time to get my race gear ready and rest up before the big bloggy dinner that Tall Mom Mel planned for us. There were 30+ runners/bloggers at the meeting and unfortunately, I didn't get any photos. A BIG THANKS to Mel for organizing us and also thanks to:
Online Shoes for providing all of us with sweet gift bags containing shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles.
Also, thanks to NUUN and GU for providing samples.
I was super happy to meet JESS @ BLONDE PONYTAIL and sample her delicious peanut butter protein bars! And oh, you should have seen Tressa (Training with track coach and adorable wife) with her adorable mama belly (yes, she's in labor NOW)! Check out My Marathon Diaries for pics from dinner.
The morning of the race, I was able to spend time with a long-time runner friend, Ginger Breadman, to whom I confessed my Master Plan for 2012 (oh yes, I'm already planning though it's definitely going to be tweaked a bit based on Saturday's events). Prior to the start, I ran into a couple friends out & about the corrals (how does that happen among 28,000 people?!!), which really jazzed me up.
Then, there was the quick pre-start blogger photo op. I didn't have my camera but I'm hoping I can pilfer everyone's blogs & Facebook sites as the race re-caps start popping up. Here are a few I've stolen already:
|We've got Jess, Kasey, Mel, Jesse, Amanda, Kerrie, me, Jill, Zoe...and more!|
Pre-race, I crinkled my race bib for good luck... (see, all was right in the world. How in the heck did I get injured??)
And during the race, I was all smiles as I was hitting my mile splits and got to see my hubs, baby F, cousin Mary & Co, and BFFs C & B who were out to cheer for me. THANK YOU! And thanks to other girlfriends who were patiently waiting at mile 17 for me, until they got the phone call from hubs that I was done early.
Chelsea was fantastic and was on the course cheering for all the bloggy ladies with her mimosas & cow bell! Apparently, she also had hung a sign for Kerrie, Zoe, and I at mile 16 but I obviously missed that... You can see photos of her awesome signs HERE.
En route, I saw Mel, Amanda, and Jess around mile 4 (holla!!) then on the out & back on I-90, I saw Ginger Breadman, EMZ, and Jesse, which gave me a huge boost. And one silver lining of walking in to the half marathon finish after my calf exploded, I got to cheer for Carla as she ran by in her HOT PINK tank & camo outfit.
HOW IS THAT FOR NAME-DROPPING?
Really, it was incredible being around so many familiar faces amongst the sea of runners. Definitely a great example of how this blogging community makes the world cozier and more fun.