Me, I ran on my injury. Now I’m back to limping. Was it worth it, probably or I wouldn’t have done it. Was it worth it because I went ahead and ran the marathon, no. I didn’t do that. I did learn something about myself and my actual goals today though. I wasn’t bummed out because I’m injured and I couldn’t race. Nope. In fact, I deferred my race entry until next year. (Thanks OKCMM for that option!) It made me mad because I couldn’t run with all of my friends and family like I wanted. I couldn’t be a support system. Last year I got to run a friend into the finish. While watching for her, I saw a ton of other friends racing and just jumped in to run and visit with them for a bit. Call it bandit running, or whatever, to me it is much more rewarding than running a race of my own.
I did get to run with my amazing dad miles 2-4 and then run with a few friends at the 2 and 10 mile of the half before my foot was busted. Some highlights:
I’m so glad you all can see me on the sidelines because it is borderline nauseating to try to find people you know in a crowded race, especially now that day glow is back in fashion. Hearing my name over and over and seeing so many familiar smiling faces kicking their own asses made me happier than hearing my name as I cross my own finish lines. I am so proud and impressed by all of you.
I’m leaving you with something that gave me chills and made me want to jump up and do a victory dance for her and for all the other athletes that have to wait out an injury. This was posted to Facebook after the race. Katie Kramer patiently conquered an injury and finished the half marathon strong today. The look on her face is glorious! Good job to her and everyone else who conquered one thing or another today!
*Photos courtesy of my fantastic mom or provided by the folks in the picture unless otherwise noted, except for the horribly blurry photo. I get credit for that one.