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Sunday, May 3, 2009

At Least I Finished?

Well, I ran the Long Branch Half today. A LOT went wrong, and I wasn't really feeling so hot . . . but once I started, I knew there was no way I'd let myself quit. I walked a lot. I was so far from a PR, it wasn't even funny (which is actually kind of funny, considering I set that unimpressive PR--the only half I'd ever run up until today--while sick with a sinus infection) . . . but let me tell you, running with a chest cold is just a whole other ballgame--the coughing, the chest pain, the wheezing. Blah. I considered pulling myself out several times, but in the end, I finished. Full report to come, but I wanted to give a special thanks to M&Ms, the Veronicas and Kelly Clarkson (don't judge!), all of my super-supportive readers/commenters, and my wonderful boyfriend who ran/walked every step of the race with me despite the fact that he could have probably walked the race faster than I slogged through it. For now, I'm back to resting up, trying to get well and focusing on that silly little race June 27.

14 comments:

lindsay said...

you can always count on m&m's! congrats on showing up and finishing the race! you had a rough week, that sick-ness was nothing to mess with. sinus infections sound worse, but in my opinion don't make you feel as bad as the downright funk like you had. congrats on making it through the race and now rest up, no more accidents, and get healthy!

Running and living said...

congrats for pushing through and finishing, great mental prep for the "little race" coming up:) ana-maria

The Laminator said...

Sorry you had such a rough time today, Irish! Just blame it on the rain which made everything wet and ten times worse than it had to be. You are definitely tough for sloggin through and finishing anyways. Congrats. Now rest up for you "little race"

Count of Monte Christo said...

Congrats on finishing! It's great how the two of you did the whole thing together.

Rachel said...

Congrats on finishing. It's never fun to run a race when you are sick...kudos to you for getting it done!!

Spike said...

oh, like me you had a terrible half. I can relate, it was miserable. But, you finished. Great job never giving up! And, I can tell you, it gets better.

Steve Stenzel said...

Congrats on finishing the race! Now, REST UP!!!

Marathonman101108 said...

Hey, at least you made it! Congrats!! I hope you're feeling better by now. Have you tried drinking lots of fluids (beer)?! I keep neglecting to read your blog, because I can't figure out how to "follow" it. So please forgive me for commenting on an irregular basis. I DO enjoy reading your blog, however.

Nitmos said...

Maybe half's are toxic for you?

Congratulations on pushing through to the finish!

trialsoftraining said...

My first half was run with one of my college roomies/best friends - she had already done a marathon and this was my first race. she had a Horrible cold, but still finished the race about 15 minutes behind me. I was proud of myself for finishing - and in AWE of her for even running.

you still ran, you're still in great shape, and now you can let your body rest up and get healthy! :) be proud and get ready for the next race!!!

xoxo.

Fair Weather Runner said...

OHHHH Kelly Clarkson. No shame, hey I admited to downloading Miley for the marathon, now that is judge worthy! And wow, you get mega gold stars for slugging through that, amazing.

aron said...

gah may 3rd was just a bad day for both of us.... but now i truly know how much it takes to finish when you really dont want to - so HUGE congrats on that!!! you will get that half pr very soon :)

EmLit said...

Way to go finishing that half! As always, you are a bad-ass inspiration :) You are so going to rock that marathon...er, "little race"!

I hope you feel better soon!

sRod said...

Sorry it was rough out there, but it will only make the good races feel so much better (I speak fro experience).