WE DID IT!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
The race was wonderful… and difficult to say the least. Despite having the flu all last week, I went into the race feeling positive and excited. We met with Lance Armstrong and Joan Benoit Samulson on Saturday, and it added to the inspiration.
The crowds were fantastic and the weather couldn’t have been nicer.
The first half of the marathon went really well. I had promised to go slow, to savor every aspect of the fans, the runners and to think of all of my wonderful supporters!
I started to have some of that chest congestion like I had last week around mile 14, and by mile 20 (Heartbreak Hill) the “wheels were coming off the bus.” Breathing was a bit tough, but I saw my family and friends on the hill… and it made a HUGE difference (thank you for being there!).
Some cramped legs and a little “Kona Shuffle” brought me in the rest of the way. I finished well over an hour beyond my projected time, but I’m really not disappointed at all.
This journey started in the depths of winter with my sister enduring rounds of Cytoxin, my mother watching her baby girl lose her hair, my brother-in-law having to leave his wife overnight in the hospital and Christine, my constant companion seeing the impact of this hell on me.
This entire marathon was a journey of hope, of family, of friendship and of faith. The fact that I found myself suddenly a little under the weather reminded me of the millions out there touched by cancer who are fighting to LiveSTRONG. I was running for THOSE people who couldn’t have this opportunity and I was running most of all for Lea… who in classic grace and athleticism ran this course in just over three hours a few years ago.
Sometimes the greatest joy comes from the challenges that are most difficult… and this race was no different. Of all the races I’ve competed in, this is the most significant for me.
I know you’ve been with me every step of the way. THANK YOU. I know Lea’s struggle and the battle against cancer has touched you in a unique and very real way. I’ve truly felt the support.
There’s very little that sums up our cumulative feelings better then this 30 second interview I heard this morning on NPR. One of our friends who was out on the course was asked “why he was out there.” Grab some tissues… because it’s the same reason you all have been with us: