Today I completed my second half marathon, and I’m very happy to report that I beat my previous time by a lot. My goal was to achieve a time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. I crossed the finish line at 2 hours and 13 minutes. Hot dog! I guess not running with extreme IT band and foot pain really makes a difference.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t 100 percent injury free going into this race. For the past two months, I have been working hard on renovations in my house with an emphasis on scraping glue and wallpaper off walls and ceilings. Hours upon hours of moving my arm up and down or above my head, all sorts of repetitive motions. Right now, I am nursing some pain and numbness in my right shoulder, and sometimes during a run, my shoulder will pop. Dr. Google suggests that I might have some tendonitis in my right shoulder, but I will be seeing an actual doctor to try and figure out what exactly is going on.
I arrived at the race early, and I really didn’t need to, unfortunately. Because I got there so early (well, on time), I ended up waiting around two hours before the race began. It was cold and misting, and I shivered quite a bit. I seriously need to remember to do the trash bag before races in the fall and winter. This isn’t the first time I have came to a race under dressed. One of these days, I will learn my lesson. One day.
Around mile 5, my shoulder felt tight and popped – just once, thank goodness. The bigger issue that came up was the giant blister on my left foot. I blocked out the pain by totally people watching the other runners. “What the hell is she wearing?” “The runners who carry the American flag are bad ass.” “That woman has a shirt saying ‘Run like a grandma.’ I can’t let her pass me…. crap, too late. Go grandma.”
Before my half marathon, I contacted Metavivor to see if I can fundraise on the organization’s behalf. They said yes, and I was able to raise around $700 for Metavivor! I wish I could have raised more, but this won’t be the last time I’ll raise additional funds for them. I want to raise more for them than I ever did for the evil Susan G. Komen Foundation. I’ll right my wrong!
As of right now, I’m sore, hurt but feeling very proud. I achieved a goal, and an amazing organization received money that will go to metastatic breast cancer research. I feel actually more pride in that fact than hitting a PR. I didn’t just write a blog saying: “Pinkwashing is bad, and money should go research.” I’ve written many blogs saying just that, but this time I helped to raise money for just that. All the people who donated to Metavivor hopefully learned more about the organization and might feel inclined to donate to them again without any provocation from me.
I run to help reduce my risk of a recurrence. I run to quiet my demons that like to tag-a-long with me. I run to keep myself in the best shape I can. I run to get those endorphins released into my body. I run to be something I never was before the age of 32: an athlete. I run to hang out with all the awesome and wonderful friends I have made.
I run because I’m not out to prove anything to anybody but myself, and it’s freaking fantastic.