It has been a tremendous week for me. I've been through a roller coaster of emotions, which, if you know me is quite unusual. My mother underwent a HUGE surgery on friday, and I finished the NYC Half Marathon on Sunday (my first race longer than 5 miles!!!). My mood has gone through it all, nervous, sad, relieved, hopeful, excited, exhausted, and thankful. All at the poor expense of my hubby (you are the best). I'm happy to report that my mother was a ROCKSTAR and came out of her surgery with the best possible outcome. She is currently on her way to making an outstanding recovery. If I have just one ounce of her bravery and positive outlook in tough situations I'd be lucky.
The race: Ok, I know that to you marathoner's and tri-athaletes, 13 miles is a warm up, but I bet you remember your first ever distance race and I'm sure it was thrilling!! Of course my body was (is still) totally beat up afterwards. I was hobbling all over the office on Monday. Sorer than after I tried CrossFit... you CrossFitters know what I'm talking about. I seriously wonder what shape you're in after a full marathon (scary thought). Anyway, it was well worth the pain. There's nothing more exciting than running through 42nd street tons of people shouting your name.
Some highlights from the race:
- Hubby and his parents bringing my dog Oliver to cheer me on (and he give me a good luck lick).
- Mastering drinking fluids while running (squeeze the cup to make a spout) took a few tries to get it right.
- Dana finding my electric pink SNTC shirt in the crowd on 42nd street. (told you, Where's Waldow-Proof!)
- Looking up at the Freedom Tower at mile 8 on the West Side Highway and thinking: I just need to get there, but hating the fact that it's still 4 to 5 miles away.
- The Battery Park Tunnel, at first it was the coolest to run in a dark tunnel, until I realized that sucker was almost a mile long!
- The foil cape at the finish, OMG that thing keeps so you warm. I'm pretty sure I was more excited for that thing than the metal.
I LOVE YOU MOM!!! (She'll never see this, I'm still trying to explain what a blog is to my parents)
If you're lucky enough to have your mom around, please give her a hug or a call today. And if you can't, then just take a moment to think of your special lady. I'm on my way to see mine now :)