Monday, November 07, 2005

I MADE IT!!!



It was slow, and it wasn’t pretty, but I finished my first marathon yesterday! It took me well over twice as long as Jelena Prokopcuka, the women’s winner, but not as long as three times Paul Tergat’s winning time. I suspect no one wants to do that kind of math on a Monday morning, so just trust me that it took a long time to run that far. I’m fine with that – my goal was to finish on foot, running most of the way – and I did it!

The best part of the NYC marathon is definitely the fans. Most of the course is lined with New Yorkers holding signs and cheering on the runners. My friends and family provided amazing support – they woke up early, traveled far, and missed lunch to cheer me on and hand me powergel and tissues. I’m just starting to realize what an amazing experience it was. And the best part about finishing the marathon – the refueling! My Aui Zhou Spicy Chicken, Dumplings, and Shrimp Toast should be arriving momentarily.

In knitting news, it seems that I was right about my limited portion of luck. I must have used it all up finishing the race because Rogue sleeve #2 is stalled for lack of yarn. As soon as I can walk again I’m headed out for one more skein of black Cascade 220. Thank you all so much for your good wishes - it was great to know that so many people out there were wishing me well as I stumbled over that finish line.

10 comments:

heather said...

congratulations! i am very, very impressed!

weaselrina said...

Wow! great job! I only know a handful of people who have completed the marathon -it's a very impressive accomplishment!

michelleknits said...

Congratulations -- that's most excellent!

Figg said...

Woohoo! Congratulations! The New York marathon is something wich is definetely on my 'to-do-before-I-die' list. It just looks like such an accomplishent to me...

carrie said...

that's so, so impressive! who cares how long it took? you finished!

Diana said...

Congratulations on finishing!! Isn't the NY Marathon amazing?

Stephanie said...

Yippee! Congrats to you! I'm glad you had fun and you're pleased with your time. My husband and I were actually talking the other morning about doing that race together in the future.

Jessica said...

Congratulations. What a great accomplishment.

Mintyfresh said...

Awesome! I have the unglorious distinction of working (freelance) on a running magazine, so I know only too well the winning times and can easily do the math: and so I say, Great Job!

Ashley said...

Belated CONGRATULATIONS! Blog-commenting got away from me last week, but I was thinking of you on Sunday. I will never, ever, ever run a marathon, and I am profoundly impressed by anyone who does.