Well, it's been so long since I have been on here. I was so focused on training for the marathon that I let so many other things in my life slide. Spark was one of those things.
Last year I started training for the marathon only to injure my knee and not get to run. This year, I was much more careful and I am happy to say I was able to not only run, but beat my time from 2013!! I felt so empowered once I finished. Am I doing this again? You bet I am!! My sights are set on Philly next year. Already making plans. I plan to beat this years time.
I felt so blessed not only to run it but at mile 12 to have my oldest daughter there cheering me on with signs!! Then she packed up her stuff and got back to Hartford to meet up with her brother and his girlfriend and her dad to cheer me on at the finish, again waving the signs. It was just a great day. I had so much fun, talking with other runners along the way and thanking as many volunteers and police as I could for being there for us runners. When you do that, it really helps keep your spirts up when your legs are saying 'ENOUGH ALREADY'. LOL Running a marathon isn't just physical, but very much a mental thing. You have to work though that mental stuff to run 26.2 miles. The first 20 wasn't so bad (ha ha) but that last 6.2 was brutal. But just kept saying to myself 'it's just a 10K with a 20 mile warm up'. Ha ha.
Running has really helped me with the depression I have battling with the side effect of numbness I got from a procedure to help take away the pain I was dealing with having the trigeminal neuralgia. Happy to say I am pain free, but the numbness came with that and it is a life long thing I will deal with. Running puts me in my happy place. So, I will keep running.
Happy day everyone!! Hope you all are reaching your goals!!
I can't run because of my knees, but I hope to get back to walking 5- and 10-K's at some point (probably post-knee replacement). I know the dedication and strength (mental and physical) it takes to marathon and I admire anyone who can do it! I have a friend battling Chiari Malformation (look it up, SCARY stuff) who did her first marathon at the first Martha's Vineyard Marathon this fall. I can't say enough good stuff about her. She is, like you, an inspiration!