Race Recap – and more
|May 8, 2012||Posted by Carrie under back to school, half marathon, injury, inspiration, Running|
Ok, so this isn’t a Race Recap, since I didn’t race. But it is a recap of the day that included a lot of other people racing and then there’s a whole lot more. I hope you’re comfortable, this one got long…
On Saturday we headed down to the expo and picked up my packet. At least I was going to get the shirt that I paid for, right? And I had already told K that I’d get hers. We made a day of it and had lunch in the area, so it wasn’t such a bad schlep.
Pictured below – the tech tee (I think I’m totally ok wearing this even though I didn’t run – I paid for it :-)), my race bib and some cars in the parking lot that entertained me.
Sunday morning began with a 4:20AM alarm. I tried to reason with myself and say it was only about an hour earlier than I normally get up, so it’s really not that bad, right? It was surprising how different and relaxed it was to not be racing. I still ate like I was going to run, I was hungry but my body didn’t seem to want anything but the usual pre-race coffee and banana with nut butter.
K was ready at 4:45 when I got to her house. We both quickly woke up while chatting during our drive. Early mornings are so so so much better with a friend.
I dropped K at the start and drove around trying to find a place to camp out and cheer her on in an early mile. But, it was a little crazy with all the street closures, so I texted her to let her know that I was bailing.
I headed to the finish line and made it off the freeway near the finish just as the off ramp was being shut down. Phew!
I went to the volunteer tent to see what I could do to help. They gave me a gorgeous orange shirt and I waited for a job. I got recruited to help carry the winners medals to the VIP tent (note: VIP’s get the serious spread. must. get. faster. 😉 ) and then I was assigned to wait for the winners of each race – get their names and tell them when awards were to be given out.
So, I did a lot of standing and waiting. Someone later came by to ask me if I’d hold the finish line ribbons but then someone else rightly realized that giving that job to the military personnel that were there was a better idea.
There were 3 of us to do this job. A little overkill. But, I got some good pictures of the finishers. The female half-marathon winner was so sweet. Someone jumped out of the crowd and asked to take a picture with her. So, then I decided to ask too (I’m a blogger, what’s to be shy about when it comes to pictures?) Which turned into a picture fest. The three people in the picture below are the female 1st and 3rd place and the male 3rd place finishers. As the cameras came out, they asked me to take their picture too and email it to them. The male and female 3rd place finishers are husband and wife. How cool is that? (at least I think I’m remembering those details correctly)
The collage above also includes the female marathon winner. Doesn’t she look so happy?!? And hello? 2:53?!!!!! When I stopped her to get her name, she couldn’t stop thanking me for volunteering and was gushing about how all the volunteers were so awesome. I said thank you and was thinking – “uh, I didn’t do much except stand here and play stalker. But you’re welcome.” “And, you just ran a freaking marathon, can I get you something?” And that’s me standing under the 44:59 time – aren’t I fast?
After my stalking duties ended, I checked in with K (she had updated me a few times on walk breaks). I started walking out the course to meet her. Along the way, I had a great time cheering for everyone. Eventually, I met up with some other people walking the same direction and we started being very silly. Telling everyone how they can go home and gloat about their race and how it was only 9AM and all their lazy friends were home sleeping and they were finishing a half marathon! I asked a group of runners how many were doing their first half-marathon and almost half the group raised their hands – SO AWESOME!!!!
I found K after I’d walked about a mile. I guess that means she was at about 11.5. She was doing great! I fell in with her 1:1 run walk and chatted away. I’m sure all the people around me were hating me being so chipper, I mean I had just started. Oh well, maybe I helped entertain them.
Here’s K finishing strong! After her rough first half-marathon in February, she was ecstatic to cut 12 minutes off her finishing time!!
We chatted with the two people behind K in the picture. It’s a woman who was running with her husband (who had already finished (note the medal) and come back to run with her). I can’t remember how many half-marathons they said he’d run (I think it was in the 40’s), but he was 74 years old! The woman was hilarious and we cheered her on. Such an inspirational couple.
On the scary story front of the day: there was a man that collapsed right after the finish. The paramedics performed CPR on him for quite a while. It seemed that they were able to revive him and they administered fluids before taking him away. It was horrifying. My prayers go out to him and his family. I hope he’s okay.
In other news: this is probably worthy of its own post, but I’ve rambled so long already, I may as well keep going.
I had my appointment with the orthopedist yesterday for my MRI results. The verdict is that I have a Ganglean Cyst in my foot. It’s full of fluid and that pressure is causing the pain. This is why it feels so much better as soon as it’s taped and how quickly it gets painful when it’s not.
The doctor wants me to keep it compressed and go about my life and see what happens. I’m allowed to run and do whatever. I have a follow up appointment in a month that I’m allowed to cancel if I’m feeling fine. Two future options are to drain the cyst or to remove the whole thing surgically. Neither option is necessary at this point.
Here’s my MRI. I have no idea what you’re looking at. May as well be an ultrasound of a pregnancy. OK, it’s not. Promise.
And finally: the chemistry test yesterday was good. I scored a 72%. Not quite the 80 I was hoping for, but I kicked butt compared to the class average of 57%. Now, I’m done with all my coursework. Two finals next week. The chem exam is the placement test for the next level Gen. Chem class, so it’s rather vital that I pass. Although I only need a 50% to pass. I think I have a pretty solid B right now, so I’d like to really do well. I’m headed to the drop in tutoring again today. It’s nice to have the help. I feel like I’m really understanding everything, so that’s good.
Ok, I’ve rambled on long enough – that’s what happens when I go 3 days without writing. Too much to say. But, yesterday was so crazy I just had to let it all wait until today.
More thoughts will be coming on my volunteer time.
Guess what I’m doing this weekend? Going for a nice long run… and a run with no worry that I’m shredding a tendon. Yippeee!!!!
Quick question: Would you wear a shirt from a race you didn’t run?
Next up – Finals! then RnR San Diego on June 3rd and the Long Beach Pajama 10K on June 30th. and summer vacation! Just think, 3 months of not hearing me complain about chemistry. 😉