I still can’t believe I did it. My hubby asked me today, “Has it sunk in yet?” I don’t think so. I keep looking at the pics and my medal in awe.
Not surprisingly, I’m walking a little funny today. Okay, a lot funny. I took Friday off work and had to go in today – why oh why didn’t I take today off?! I was hobbling around the office all day, but enjoyed showing off my medal. I’m lucky to work in an environment where I’m treated like family and everyone has been so supportive of the entire journey. It reminds me of when I got married three years ago (my bosses actually attended); my co-workers were happy to hear all about it, but perhaps somewhat relieved that maybe I would stop talking about it. (Little do they know…)
Other than that, I have only minor woes:
-A blister the size of Manhattan on one toe, which has been popped and somehow refilled itself multiple times
-Three deformed toenails
-Chafing where the sun don’t shine (sorry for the TMI, but nothing is sacred when it comes to The Chafe…apparently no amount of Body Glide is enough)
-A sunburnt face and a lovely tanline from the shades
Overall, I can’t complain too much.
Road Warrior asked me to share all the juicy (greasy) details of my victory feast, but disappointingly (and surprisingly!) I had no appetite all day. The plan was wine, pizza and chocolate cake, but I just wasn’t in the mood. I forced myself to get down a few protein shakes, but mostly I just laid on the couch sipping water. But don’t fret, we have a reservation at The Mandarin in half an hour. My appetite is back in full force and I’m ready to recuperate some of the 6000+ calories burned yesterday.
That’s all for now. Race report and tons more pics coming soon. Promise! Thank you so much for all the congrats!
Big thank you to everyone who waited (seemingly forever!) for me at the finish line; you made it all worthwhile. And thank you to all of you for all of your kind words and support.
Congratulations to my fellow runners. Everyone should be so proud. It’s an honour to run among you.
I’ll be back ASAP with alllll the details and more pics, but for now I leave you with this.
These were taken in the finishing chute. At least I’m smiling.
Huge thank you to Mel for these amazing pics, and for being there!
This is it…the next time you hear from me, I will be a marathoner.
I’m on a roller coaster of emotions, but I’m ready for this.
If anyone wants to watch for me tomorrow, check out Sportstats.ca: bib # 650, Marlene Sykes.
The Race Director left a comment on my last post! How cool is that? Thank you Alan!
I have so many people to thank, so many people who have been a part of this journey whether they know it or not. Those who inspire me to run and those who inspire me in every day life – I wouldn’t be doing any of this without them (you).
Blyfinn gave me a great idea with his post Take It And Run.
Pick twenty people that are important in your life and run a mile for each them. The last 6.2 are for yourself preparing for your victory.
I’ll be keeping at least twenty people in my thoughts on Sunday and I know they’ll get me through the miles. I’ll be counting on this to get me through the first 20 and after that, it’s all me. For those last 10K, I just hope I have the strength (and sanity) to appreciate how far I’ve come and to fully understand what it means to me to approach the (and soon cross) the finish line of My First Marathon.
I’ve received a tremendous amount of support from fellow bloggers in the last few weeks, more than I ever expected, and I am so grateful to you. Reading your comments and your own blogs has given me so much guidance and strength. I’m thankful for the advice, suggestions, confidence and sometimes just a giggle to take my mind off the nerves.
And of course, all of my family and friends in real life who have held my hand every step of the way. I will be running on my own (among 14000 others…) on Sunday, but I could never have some so far alone.
Anyway, enough mush! (for now)
We had a quiet day today and just finished watching Run Fatboy Run. It was a great movie and just what I needed. If that dude can do it, surely I can!
First of all, thank you so much for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post. You have no idea how much your support means to me.
This morning I got to work and completed my usual morning routine – good morning to the boss, turned on the computer, nuked my oatmeal, sat at my desk, opened my email… and there it was: one final email from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Your Name: Marlene —–
Your Event: Marathon
Your Race Number: 650
From that point on, I spent most of the day shaking and nauseous with nerves. Nerves quickly turned into stress which then turned into MOODY. I had a terrible day at work and didn’t start to unwind until I got home.
I’m feeling better now…more excited and less nervous. (It helps that the Grey’s Anatomy premiere is coming on soon and that I don’t have to work tomorrow.) It’s going to be good. When I start feeling overwhelmed, I just visualize the finish line and all of my friends and family who will be there rooting for me. It will all be worth it.
3 more sleeps…