I got my miracle today! I was able to run/walk the entire marathon in 5:49 and even run the last 2 miles without stopping. This is a miracle because just a week ago I could not go more than 9 miles without debilitating knee pain, caused by IT Band Syndrome.
I stretched, iced and rested for the last week, and I bought a product that really worked – the Patt Strap. I put a Pro-Tec compression strap on top of it and the combo prevented the pain from getting unbearable. (That, and a frontal lobe assault on my left brain, telling it to shut up when it tried to get me to quit.)
Miracle #2: There was a 70% chance of rain forecasted for this morning, and it did not rain until I got in my car and turned the key to drive home. We even got some sunshine and I took some Flip video of horses frolicking in the roadside farms. Miracle #3 is that I dropped my Flip camera on the street and it did not break.
I also took video of the mile markers and a few oddities along the way… like the woman dressed as the Grim Reaper just after the 20-mile mark. I told her she wasn’t building my confidence much. She said, “Oh no, you just made it past the wall without quitting! You cheated death and that’s a good thing!”
I slowly replied, “Oh.”
Coincidentally, I ran into Tony from Fleet Feet Running, the guy who sold me the IT band straps and Superfeet inserts. I ran with Tony and his friends for about 10 miles, and adopted their 6 minute run, 1 minute walk rhythm which really paid off for me. When my pain started at mile 15, I let them go on ahead and leave me. Miracle #4: a satisfying moment as I passed by Tony walking in the very last mile of the race.
I must say the real moment of truth was at mile 16. My left brain had already condemned me to walking the rest of the race. Then we rounded a corner to see a long sloping hill. The sun peaked through the clouds and I got this rush of power. I don’t know if it was endorphins or the power of prayer and positive thoughts promised by many of you reading this right now. I looked over and saw a homemade sign that read “Pain is temporary, Finishing is forever!” and that did it. I started running again and the pain in my knee subsided enough for me to push through it!
Miracle #5 is the most important one of all. I set out to run my first marathon to raise money for MMRF, with a goal of $100 per mile, or $2600. As of this writing, we have collected over $4300 toward extending patients lives and developing a cure for Multiple Myeloma in our lifetime. We did it, and we did it together. I am humbled by your generosity, and because of your gifts I gave everything I had out on that course today. Above all else, that is what REALLY got me to finish line.