Full race recap to follow, hopefully later this week, but here are the important details.
Contrary to what most folks with any common sense would do, but I suspect in line with what most folks afflicted with a love of running would do, I took my busted knee, wrapped it as tightly as I could in a brace, and hobbled to the starting line for the marathon.
After much pain, much gel, much Accelerade, and many mental battles...
VERY happy with the result considering 2 weeks ago I was doubting if I'd be able to make it to the starting line. Thanks to the many bloggers who passed along encouragement along the way, especially those over the last couple of weeks. I thought of many of you when the going got very tough at the end.
I'm in a world of sore today. Some normal sore, some injury sore, but the overlap is significant enough that I can't really isolate anything. I'll give it a few days to settle down and then take inventory. No pain, no gain.
Those who subject themselves to my blog on a regular basis know that one of the reasons I chose this marathon is that it starts about 2 miles from my parents' house, and my father, who has never done any sort of distance racing, trained to walk the half while I ran the full. His target was to complete the half in under 4 hours, and he rocked a 3:36:59 chiptime. 4 hour times didn't stand a chance against the Stallman men on Sunday.
Winner #1 (Canadian runner of 'Running Adventures'):
Winner #2 (Karen of 'Just me and my Running Shoes')
Karen & Canadian Runner - please email me your addresses at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll get your prizes shipped out so you can put them into action.
Time to hit the Advil again.