Last year at this time, hubs & I were gearing up to run the Pittsburgh Marathon. I must be a glutton for punishment, because once again, the roads in the ‘Burgh will be treading by under foot in a few weeks. Yes…we are going back…
Now, as you may recall, I had horrendous ITB problems – iliotibial band – which is the tendon that runs along the outside of your thigh from hip to knee for the non-runners. For those that do run, you know when this puppy gets inflamed there is nothing that you can really do other than rest to let it heal. Not a good thing to have when training for a marathon.
I did the best I could. My longest run was only twelve miles.
Yes. You read that correctly.
And I suffered through miles 20-26.2. I wept like a baby when crossing the finish well over my goal time.
But I finished.
As I wiped the tears from my salt crusted cheeks, I said “Never again.”
Famous last words.
When the email for “alumni” runners came through, I got that butterfly feeling in my gut. The competitor in me said, “Come on! We can do it!”
My knees on the other hand said “Whoaaaaa! Easy there partner. We still remember how that felt. No sir, we don’t want to do that again.”
So the competitor said…”Ok. How about we compromise? We will only do the half marathon. Deal?”
And then Brain chimed in and said “Only if we have company again.”
And so, this year…I will run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 6th.
Last year I sent out a note on Twitter and Facebook asking friends to “Claim a Mile” …to virtually run the marathon with me. No money was involved, nothing other than allowing me to write a supporter’s name on a piece of paper and have the miles pass by with my friend. It was much more fun to “run” with friends with the early miles, Emotional at mile 11. and after mile 15, I really started to lean on the names on my list. You helped me get through it.
Are you game to Run with Me again this year??
I sure hope so!! I need all the help I can get!
You can leave a comment here with your name & Twitter handle (if you have one) and the mile you would like to “run” with me. Or you can tweet me or send a note on Facebook.
We Can Do It!!!
And just an FYI….I’ll be asking this again over the summer.
Competitor was sneaky. She flipped the game and caught me by surprise….
In October, I will be running another marathon.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??!!