|Lynn, Jen & me - ready to race after checking our bags|
I'm pleased to report that I successfully completed the race with no pain in my hallux-rigidus-riddled big toe.
After many months of not being able to run (sometimes even walk) without pain, this is a huge milestone for me. And a huge relief.
While it was pain-free, it was quite humbling. My pace per mile for 6.2 miles was 14:43. Compare this to one year ago - 26.2 miles at a pace of 13:02.
But my pace isn't my focus. The fact that I was able to run at all is my focus. In a race where you are surrounded by runners on blades and runners in handcycles - even by a paralyzed runner in an exoskeleton - it isn't too hard to maintain that focus.
|I crossed the 10K finish line next to |
two handcycle racers crossing the marathon finish line (source)
- Thank you to Lynn and Jen who encouraged me to sign up for this race and shared the race day experiences with me.
- Thank you to Susan who came out to cheer for us and helped me refocus when I lost sight of what was important.
- Thank you to Melissa & the Vienna MRTT crew who stayed at their marathon cheering post through the 10K runners.
- Thank you to Molly who told me about her Army Ten-Miler starting line thoughts to help me put my MCM 10K starting line fears into perspective.
- Thank you to everyone who has helped me through this challenging experience. I am grateful to have such supportive friends!
|A gift from Jen (will an assist from Lynn)|