Monday, June 4, 2012

It hurts so good



I don't even know where to begin. It's still hard to believe that the past 6 months of training have finally come to completion.
I finally have my weekends back. I can enjoy Taco Tuesdays too if I want.
It's all a bit surreal.

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We got up at 4:30 in the morning yesterday and walked about 2 miles to the starting line.
It was jam packed with 30,000+ people, all ready to get their run on.
I tried to will the nervous poo's away {don't lie, you know exactly what I'm talking about} and mentally prepare for the next 4 1/2 hours. 


Finally the countdown began, the gunshot fired, and we were off!
The first half went pretty smooth. I was pleasantly surprised because I hadn't ran that far in over 3 weeks and I was a little nervous how I'd be feeling on race day. But, apparently those 6 months of training paid off and my body remembered what to do.
We were also greeted at the halfway mark by friends: Vicki, Jamie, Carrie, and Lauren.
They had a sign that said: 
Don't Fizzle
Mish & V Dizzle
You got this!
I can't tell you how much that helped pep us up to see some familiar faces rooting us on.

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After those first 13 miles, we really started feeling it. Our legs were tightening, my back was cramping.
It didn't feel very promising, but we pushed on.
I can't even remember how we got to mile 16. It's almost as if I blacked out and came to again.
Then came mile 19...20...21...
At mile 23, with just 3.2 more to go, we could see the area where everyone was finishing.
I almost lost it there thinking about how far we came.
I just.wanted.to.be.done.
But I held it together and kept putting one foot in front of the other; The Dizzle and I exchanging words of encouragement every few minutes.

Finally we came up to mile 26. Only .2 more to go.
Both sides of the street were filled with so many people cheering us on.
V grabbed my hand and didn't let go until after we crossed the finish line, which was probably a good thing because I was about ready to collapse from sheer joy and exhaustion.



Tears filled my eyes, a medal was placed around our necks, pictures were taken, and we hobbled our way to the crowds to see V Dizzle's family.
When all of a sudden, I saw Fasha's face in the crowd! 
Tears came again once more because I was so happy to see him and didn't think he'd make it in time.
But there he was, with the biggest smile of pride on his face as he gave me a huge hug.
It was a good moment. Nay, a great moment.

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The rest of the day consisted of hobbling around like a 90 year old, stuffing our faces with way too much food, and sleeping.
I'm still in so much pain. And in fact am typing this from my bed, as I have no intention of getting out of it anytime soon. #thankgodfordelivery

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I wanted to say thank you to all of you that showed so much support through this.
Even a simple tweet  or instagram message meant so much yesterday.
You guys rock. Really.

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Question: Will I ever do a marathon again?
Answer: Hell. Effing. No.

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xoxo

41 comments:

  1. YOU ARE SO AWESOME! Congrats on DOING IT GIRL! You are a ROCKSTAR! And you should wear your medal everywhere. Seriously. It makes an awesome accessory.

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  2. You did it! Even if you never do another you can always brag about this one :)

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  3. I bet you wi sign up for the next one in a few months. After the pain goes away you will want that feeling of crossing a marathon finish line! We should in this same one next year!!!!!

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  4. Congrats!!! You did it :) So impressive!!!

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  5. Congratulations! That is so amazing. And not gonna lie, the part about seeing your Dad in the crowd, I teared up a bit. Love that V-Dizz held your hand across the finish line. He's a keeper that one. What an amazing thing to accomplish together :)

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  6. congratulations!!! Seriously what an accomplishment! And welcome back to the real world of non-marathon training folk. :]

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  7. Ok seriously I got teary eyed just reading this. Can we talk about how I cried yesterday after I saw the blind woman crossing the finishing line. Sob.... Inspiration.. Sob...

    You're incredible =)
    and I am kinda sorta contemplating during the 1/2 next year. Any chance you'd do it? =P

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  8. You are amazing. I can hardly run around the block let alone 26 miles! What a great thing to accomplish - yet I totally understand why you wouldn't do it again!

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  9. "HELL... EFFING... NO."

    Bahahaha! My sister is a marathon runner and was there on Saturday too. I'll never know why anyone wants to run that far for fun. She does 10 miles runs on the weekend. I'm like, "sdgkhaslehtehephgjo?!" Crazy.

    Congratulations on finishing! You are awesome! Did you get any mad blisters or lose toenails? Any chaffing? Can you tell I know runner speak even though I'm not a runner? ;-)

    RELAX, my dear!

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  10. Congrats! That's very exciting. I couldn't do it, I know that for sure.

    I love Taco Tuesdays. Sometimes I have Taco Thursdays, too. Or 'Leftover Taco Wednesdays" ...it's really a sick obsession.

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  11. I could hardly finish reading your blog...tears filling my eyes! I am SO PROUD of you, Honey. I wish I could have been there to see your triumphal finish :) Love you so much!!!

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  12. Congrats! You did awesome! And I'm so happy for you that it is over and done with.

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  13. Congratulations! What a great feeling crossing that finish line. I don't know how you did it, I'm getting a side cramp just thinking about it!

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  14. Woooohoooo!!! So awesome! Congrats! So sweet that you two did it all together!!!

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  15. ok so you made me cry. what's new. sooooooo gloriously happy for you both! way to go, fasha!

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  16. Wow!! Congrats~ Love the picture of you and dizzle .. next to the pepto banner!! =D

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  17. Congrats to you two. I remember volunteering as a massage therapist for the Free Press Marathon in Detroit. I loved seeing all the runners after the marathon and it looked that they ran just a few miles and could keep going. That's what the first picture reminded me of, you two look like you just took a stroll in the park!

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  18. Well done to the both of you!
    You did a great thing and should be very proud :-)

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  19. First off, congrats CONGRATS congrats. Your recollection of the day kinda got me all choked up too -- the hand holding at the end, Fasha making your day -- I didn't know you could do that me! Anyways, congrats congrats congrats because it’s such a HUGE accomplishment. It can seem like everyone and their mother has ran a marathon, but not many have the dedication and will to follow-through (including me). Whew, I'm glad you're not addicted to running! PS Where's my button? It's June 4th already?! JK. Hope you can put it up soon!

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  20. You are amazing! Marathons are so inspiring every time I watch my father run one I swear I get tears of happiness! I love watching them & hope I can run at least a half one! glad you took the day off you deserve it!

    congrats again!

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  21. I told my bf that you and your bf have been training and that you ran the marathon yesterday and he said that he and I should do something like that together...I'm now possibly regretting telling him what you guys were doing! Haha

    Congrats! You are a motivation!

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  22. Woohoo!! Excellent work! I can't even imagine running 26.2 miles. Awesome job.

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  23. OMG!! Reading that he held your hand the final .2 seriously just made me tear up!!!! I don't even cry during chick flicks, but something about people racing or the olympics, I cry like a baby!! Congrats!!!!

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  24. That's awesome!!! I'm definitely in awe. I've done a half and contemplated a full but haven't gone all in yet. You say you'll never do another marathon but give it some space and you might change your mind...haha. :)

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  25. To all you "No-Reply" emails that I can't respond to directly: THANK YOU! :)

    Now go fix your emails so I can respond!

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  26. Amazing job!!!! I start hobbling after like 7-8 miles ha. BUT you have inspired me to start training for a half marathon! I think the most appealing part of it is that I can eat whatever I want! :) Enjoy some relaxation and good food!

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  27. That is SO FREAKING AMAZING! I can't even imagine how hard is must have been. You must be so proud!! You definitely deserve to relax and pamper yourself for a few days!!

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  28. You are AMAZING! Congratulations on completing the marathon! I would NEVER put myself through that so I'm going to live vicariously through you instead. I guess that makes me pretty amazing too. Lol.

    But freals. You deserve to eat whatevah you like now. Bring on the buffet!

    ♥ Duckie.

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  29. Yay! Did you poop your pants? Be honest.

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  30. AMAZING!!!! Congrats!!!
    We did well too. I still can't walk. Like I couldn't even put my carry on in the bin on the plane. I'm pretty miserable but its OVER!

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  31. Way to go! That is such a big accomplishment, and it's even cooler that you and V-Dizzle stayed together and ran the whole thing as a team. I think that impresses me just as much as that you finished it! Glad Fasha made it in time to congratulate you =)

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  32. Woohoo! You've inspired me to a run a half marathon (we'll see if it really happens, though...) Congratulations!!

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  33. I was a big time runner in high school and my dream was to run a marathon. Then I ripped my IT band in my left hip. I'm so happy you were able to kick that marathon's ass.

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  34. This is freaking awesome!!! You are basically my hero for running a marathon. And so awesome that you both did it together! Now go sleep and eat tons of fattening food. You deserve it!

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  35. So im sitting here reading this with tears down my face! Why you may ask? Its like that moment when Rocky beats some serious ass! Then V-dizzle holding your hand and on top of that your daddy being there?!
    Oh my! You’re an inspiration.. this is on my LIFE to do list!

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  36. BOOM!

    I am in AWE girl... I couldn't run a single lap around the track without stopping (it's funny because it's sad) (and I wish I was joking).

    You guys are amazing, enjoy the sweet glow of accomplishment and the even sweeter resolve to never. do it. again.

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  37. So inspiring! I know one day I'll do the marathon, but for some reason I feel like I'm saving it for the year of 30? Because I want to be that effing awesome in my 30th year? Nonetheless, I'm going to put a couple more half marathons under my belt before I attempt. I love reading a marathon story though!!

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  38. Hiii!, Devoted reader of this blog right here... but only as of recently so I've had to go right back to the beginning (stalker maybe??)
    I just wanted to say even though this was over a year ago CONGRATULATIONS!
    I read your journey from the beginning and was so inspired by you. You worked so hard. When I saw the picture of you crossing the finish line even I nearly cried! So AMAZING!! Well done

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  39. It was really a tough job but you did it so brilliantly. Hats off to you girl. You have achieved that which other girls just dream of.

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