Sunday, September 21, 2008

The "poor me" post

WARNING: There might be excessive whining in this post.

I am tired and sore. Today was our half marathon. I didn't think 13 miles would be a big deal, but it is. Well, let me explain. (And here's where the whining comes in.)

First, I have weird feet. I've always known's genetic. I have really high arches and have had bunions ever since I was a kid. So right now as I'm sitting here, the most sore part of my body is the top of my foot, on top of my crazy arches. They are in so much pain.

The second thing is that I suddenly decided that I should run part of the half marathon today. Yeah, I guess it wasn't enough to walk 13 miles. I thought it would be fun to run part of it, too. I'd walk one mile and then run the next. I did this for about 4-5 miles total. But I got really sore as the run went on and just resorted to walking at the end.

But aside from being tired and sore, it was a really good experience. It was really cool to see the full marathon runners pass me toward the end. It's crazy to think they can run 26 miles in the time it takes me to walk 13. There were great volunteers and people cheering the whole way. It was fun to see the community come together for something like that. So it was really cool to be part of the experience. And by the way, my sister-in-law, Maggie, and mother-in-law, Vicki, both did the half marathon with me. They did great, too. Even Vicki with a gimp knee. (Sorry to phrase it that way Vic.)

I once thought I wanted to work my way up to run a half marathon. But I'm starting to think I'll stick to the 5K. I'll blame it on my funky feet. Ask Steve, they are freakish.


Hettie said...

Oh, ouch! I was wondering how it went today. Sounds like you really pushed yourself though. Great job! Now rest those feet!

Amber said...

I'm super proud of you. One of my life goals -okay, my only life goal- is to run a marathon. So currently, you are my hero.

Vicki said...

Stacy, I've found an illustration for lacing your shoes if you have high arches -- it's too bad I didn't see that BEFORE we went thru the Death March! However, as you continue to walk, you'll want to take that pressure off the top of your foot.

Note: my big whine are the blood blisters that developed under my big toes. I finally had to cut away part of the nail and puncture the blister to relieve the pressure. Totally gross but it feels better.