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26.2 miles...done!

Monday, May 31, 2010

It was a perfect running day yesterday, cool, overcast, perfect. I met up with my friends got organized, felt good. Nerves were definitely kicking in a the start, but I was too excited to care! And we're off...feeling good. Now I have case of achilles tendonitis and my doctor did not want me to run yesterday, so I promised to take it easy and rested for the last 3 weeks! I could feel my achilles but not too bad, that was good, keeping my 11 minute or so pace. Then all my friends were gone! Around mile 9 my hip started acting up, but no big deal, stretch it out and continue on. Started run/walking around now so i could keep going.
Around mile 18 I got very sore and very angry. I realized then that there was no way I could finish in 5 hours and started to get very down on myself. That kept up for about 1 mile, then I decided to remember why I was out there. My grandmother, my kids, my husband, all the women I have known with breast cancer, all the people who told me I wouldn't amount to much. I was definitely going to finish, the crowds were awesome, I needed to get over myself. I'm out there doing something 1% of the population ever does! It didn't make me hurt less, but it kept me going in better spirits.
Around mile 22.5 my coach and friend was there waiting for me! She walked and ran with me until just before the finish when I kicked it and ran through the finish line where my mom and boys and friends were waiting! My time was no where near what I had wanted. I don't care, I finished strong and happy with tears in my eyes. I am a marathoner! And, I will be back there next year to improve on that time!
Thanks for reading my ramble and YEA ME!
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  • MCANIRLINH
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    3725 days ago
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    I volunteered at mile 9.25ish after church and before the turn. I wasa helping to direct traffic/pedestrians on St. Paul and Main. After that, I scooted to mile 17ish to cheer. I sat halfway up the hill at BHS and cheered everyone and told them that this is really their last hill! This is where I would have wanted a cheerleader because it wasn't easy! I cheered on until I think the last person crossed. I didn't get there until 11a.m but maybe you passed me.

    Yes, you are a Marathoner!! Be proud! Celebrate!!

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    3726 days ago
  • MEAGHAN1916
    Thank you so much everyone! Still getting teary thinking about it...
    3726 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing this.... I am doing my first full in November and already feeling those emotions!

    GREAT job, and very inspiring!!!
    3726 days ago
  • 250STRONG
    WOOHOO!!!! Congrats!
    3726 days ago
  • 13-1GIRL
    emoticon emoticon your a marathoner!!!! Awesome!!
    3726 days ago
  • MARATHON_MOM
    Congratulations on a great race! YOU are a marathoner!! No matter what your time, it's something that not many people even attempt in their lives, much less complete.. and you did it. AND you did it with an injury! You ROCK!!!
    3726 days ago
  • DRAGONFLY1974
    I will tell you finishing with an injury going in no matter what your time is amazing. I had planned on finishing at 5 or under and missed it and didn't care!!! Next time!!! You are amazing and strong for finishing with an achilles issue!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3726 days ago
  • ADDIEB1974
    WOW...you are amazing!!!!!
    I am so inspired by you Meaghan!!!

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    3726 days ago
  • WEIGHTOSUCCESS
    26.2 miles is a great accomplishment. Pat yourself on the back because you my friend are a rockstar!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3726 days ago
  • MARLENE2995
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    3726 days ago
  • POKIEFUZZBUCKET
    Awesome!! Maybe (or more accurately, there is a 95% probability that) you ran past me at some point on my leg (on the beltline)! You are a marathoner, you are awesome. The time doesn't matter. You did it!! I hope that you are feeling at least as awesomely giddy as I do (and I only did 5.8, hehe)!
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    Patti
    3726 days ago
  • _COSMOPAULATAN_
    WOW! Amazing!
    3726 days ago
  • MEAGHAN1916
    That's me right before the finish, that's my boy at his 1 mile race the day before. He did awesome!
    3726 days ago
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