June 10, 2010

the worst pain ever...

someone should have told me that this was going to be so painful. wait a minute, i'm pretty sure everyone told me and i just flat out ignored them. running 26 miles sucks!! i've been through childbirth 3 times and it wasn't this bad! i may be all smiles in the pictures, but don't let it fool you, i'm in serious pain. the first picture is pretty crazy to look at, but it actually best represents how i felt the last 8 miles of the race...a complete blur.


i was so hoping for a better outcome that day. really, i trained for months and thought i was prepared for this, but apparently my old body was not ready or able to do what i wanted it to do. i had a goal of finishing this thing in about 4 1/2 hours...HA! my time was an entire HOUR after my goal time...REDONKULOUS!! i will never forget this image...

it was at this point that i realized i was defeated and couldn't run anymore. for the next hour and a half i was cussing San Diego for their slanted pot hole roads and damn beachy island i had to run on. i don't even remember what music i had on, i couldn't hear it over my whimpering and complaining. it was miserable, just miserable. it felt like some angry spectator had hit me in the shin with a baseball bat! i don't want to be reminded that it took me 5 hours 23 minutes 48 seconds to cross that damn finish line (i should have finished with my friend Brooke at 4:24:35). i guess the only thing that makes me feel better is that i wasn't last. out of the 10,643 people who actually finished the race, i was the 7,524th person to finish. there were almost that many people who didn't even finish at all, so, i have to feel some kind of accomplishment in the fact that i sucked it up and hobbled myself to the end.
in the future, if i ever mention the idea of running another marathon, please just slap me!
suck it San Diego!

4 comments:

Lori said...

I was about to say "you couldn't pay me enough," but then I rationalized that I could be bought. That being said, I don't think I'd run a marathon for less than $25,000.

Jessica said...

Quit being so hard on yourself!! You flippin finished....something to be proud of! :)

Lucia said...

I am so proud of you Ash!! Forget about your finish time... you FINISHED! I can't imagine ever running 26 miles or 20 miles or 15 miles. Heck, I can't even imagine running 10! Way to go on your accomplishment.

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

You did it. You finished. You set a LOFTY goal, and you completed it. No one can ever take that away from you (until they find out you cheated?).

SO SO proud of you. Really.

You're my inspiration (when I get my gimpy knee fixed)!