~ The Aftermath ~
Photo courtesy of Ally.
First, I need to preface this post by saying, I don’t get to get away much. And by away, I mean even for one night. So, this trip to DC was something I was really looking forward to. My sister had to stay behind with my mom to make sure she was OK for the weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t think my mom can stay alone anymore.
So…..I had a blast. I arrived in DC Friday afternoon and I am very proud to say I negotiated the metro and arrived safely at the Washington Marriott Hotel. That night was the first of a few different tweetups/meetups. This one was at @ultrarunnergirl home. I decided to cab it to her home being that I was running late. I was the first one there. 🙂 I brought a dozen cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake and I am pretty sure it was a big hit.
The tweetup was so much fun. We all wore name-tags with our twitter names and “real” names. Lots of hugs and laughing and chatting. I found out that Kirstin (ultrarunnergirl) will be running HATRun and she even invited me to her home to do some trail runs. May take you up on that love!
Some, but not all of the tweetup group. See the name tags?
One of my fav photos. Myself and @MsV1959. Linda is awesomeness.
Going back to my hotel, I took the metro. Not too bad on a Friday night in DC.
Next day, I went for a run in the morning. I ran a 2.62 mile marathon in 29 min…..Lovely day, lovely run. Then, I walked to the Mall ~ and took in a bit of the Rally to restore Sanity. It was crowded but very calm. People were there to, lets face it, restore their sanity right?
Oh, and I saw this. The Washington Monument. Wow. Just spectacular in person. I kinda stood there and took it all in with a dorky smile on my face. More walking and I arrived at the Marine Corps Marathon Expo where the 2nd tweetup was taking place. I wandered around and was pretty much awestruck by it all. A marathon expo is by far the ultimate runners porn.
Treated myself to these Injiniti socks and bought my sister the same one’s in powder blue. So comfy.
I bumped into Eva and her hubby and we found the tweetup site where once again there was hugs, giggling, chatting and happiness. Let’s see if I can remember: Jenna, Jocelyn, Kirstin, Peter, Josh, Linda, Penny, Eva, Jennifer, Dee, Elyssa, Michelle and so many more. I just know that even if I don’t see many of these people very often, we have all bonded and formed life long friendships.
Excitedly, I needed to then leave the expo and tweetup to meet up with Ally, Steve and Brodie W for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Again, I negotiated the metro by myself. I was a bit nervous to meet up because, in general I am a pretty shy person and I never know if I say the wrong things or how dorky I act or how unfunny some of my jokes may be. But, I need to stress this: The very moment I met Ally and Steve and Brodie W, I felt as though I was saying hello to them for the 100th time. Funny story, as I was waiting at the Pentagon City metro station I saw a guy bounding up the stairs and I thought to myself “is that Brodie W?” But, then this guy just ran like lightening across the street, so I figured it wasn’t him. Sure enough, it was Brodie W. He thought he was “running” late so ran over the CPK. Gotta say, Brodie W you looked mighty good running. So dinner was awesome. We chatted, took photos drank some beers and had a wicked tremendous time. I even ate the same pizza as Steve, which I later found out is his lucky pizza. :O)
Steve, myself and Brodie W.
Great great dinner and company. After dinner, Ally, Steve and myself went back to their hotel for a good luck drink. I had another Guinness.
I then negotiated the metro back to my hotel room where I saw this scariness:
I wasn’t sure if these creatures liked having their photos taken, but I was ready to run away fast. Being that my heel was feeling better I thought I could make a good get-away. They were calm, these creatures of the night.
I decided on this run:
After having dinner last night with Steve, Ally and Brodie W, I felt so motivated to run today. I decided on a 5k starting at 8am, the starting time of MCM. I started running at 8.01am.
Ran on M Street to Key Bridge and I started seeing the wheelchair runners coming by! I clapped and cheered for them! I ran over Key Bridge and started seeing the elites. Very cool!! Ran back the other way over Key Bridge with elites running to my left and I started pretending I was running MCM and smiling like a dork and even pretending people were cheering for ME!
Over the bridge I had to turn right and it was at that moment, I realized I am not really a part of MCM and I started crying a little. The Marines were out and waiting to give out water so I wiped away my tears and thanked them for their service!!!
3.1 miles 32.16 (10.23 min/mile)
Mile 1. 10.40
Mile 2. 10.11
Mile 3. 10.25
Mile. 0.11 1.01 (9.12)
Mile 2 was when I was running (pretending) MCM.
And then I was off to the Marathon Finish Line. It was a bit hard to get right to the finish line and believe it or not, I had to do a bit of a trail walk to get to where I needed to be. A thorn hooked into my jeans and the person behind me had to free me. It was a pretty funny sight to see all these folks walking through the woods to get to the finish line. It was inspiring, awesome and amazing to see the runners coming through. I will admit that at this point, I started feeling really sad and down that I wasn’t a part of it, but I quickly snapped out of feeling sorry for myself and concentrated on cheering myself silly. And I did it with a proud smile on my face knowing that all my friends were out there on the course running proudly after all the months of training. Everybody did incredible and I am so proud.
Quick shout out and congrats to Steve S who ran this race in:
Official time – 2:47:20
Overall place – 58th out of 21873
PR by 3 minutes 40 seconds.
WOW, just WOW!!!!!!
This photo says it all. No words necessary.
THANK YOU ALL FOR A REALLY AMAZING WEEKEND. CONGRATS TO ALL THOSE THAT ROCKED MARINE CORPS MARATHON!!! I AM STILL GRINNING!!!!
Sadly, I needed to get home, so back to the hotel to pick up my bag and onto the bus back to NYC. On a Sunday night I got from DC to Brooklyn in under 6 hours. SWEET.
It was an incredible, busy but awesome weekend. I truly believe, no matter how hard it was to NOT be able to run MCM, that I made the right decision to defer. I know in my heart that now I can heal properly and get back to doing what I love the most. Running. I am more than half way there too. Everything is feeling right. In fact, today I wanted to run so badly, but after smart words from a friend, I held back. I won’t be able to run again until Wednesday and that is just fine. I hope that others struggling with whether to run a marathon while injured, takes a little something from me and my situation and can apply it to their situation. Each injury is of course individual and different, but in the long run we all need to be able to run healthy.
This week is NYCM week and its very exciting. The lead up to the marathon is an awesome time to be in NYC. I will post more later in the week.
Up next, Hashathon Trail race on November 14th and then HATRun on March 19th. Eeek. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.
Sometimes the best way to find out who you are, is to get to that place where you don’t have to be anything else.