Lets back up a bit. I pulled my IT band three weeks before the race. I was running my last long run. 20 miles. I was at mile 8 and started feeling some pain in my right knee, on the side of my right knee. Then by mile 9 I was DONE! It hurt to run, it hurt to walk, it hurt to look at it!!! You get my point, it just really hurt. I was devastated. The longest I had ran was my 16 miles. And all I could think about was the marathon that was 3 weeks away. This was on a Friday and the following Monday I went to see my chiropractor. I visited her 3 times a week. She stretched, massaged, did therapy, and taped me for 3 solid weeks. At home I stretched and iced off and on all day. Three days before the race I ran 3 miles and it was okay, so I said I am doing it.
|My taped up knee. Kinesio tape is the bomb!|
|One of our many night runs!|
|Chris and I on 4th Street|
|Mom and her best friend came up to cheer me at the finish line!!! I was so happy to see them!|
|Chris at the finishline to see me cross!|
There was a group of us running. Some the Half and some the Full. We decided to dress as SuperHeroes. And our shirts landed us a 30 second spot on the Louisville News!!!! We were interviewed and shown on the night news!!!
|Before the race at 4th street|
I met a girl from Chicago, and we still stay in contact to this day. She was my saving grace! And I hope to think I was her's as well. We were battling the same problem!
At mile 20 my PIC from my work sent me this text. I was in tears at this point. She has no idea how much I needed it at that particular moment!!! I just put my head down and pushed on from that point on!!!!
Finally I saw the mile marker for 26 and it was almost over!!!!! I did it!!! I ran 26.2 freaking miles!!!!!!
When I got home I took an ice bath and believe it or not it felt really good. We live about 2 hours from Louisville so the ride home was rough with my legs cramped up. I needed to stretch them out so bad!!