I really have absolutely no words for what happened today. As excited as I was to be in San Francisco, being here the past few days has been really hard. It’s hard to be excited for so many other people to run when you’re not even sure if you yourself can run. I got over the troubles I had with not running Boston when I found out it was going to be 95 degrees and 3:10 didn’t stand a chance of happening.
The San Francisco Marathon was going to be a fun run that I’ve been looking forward to ever since I found out that I was going to be an Ambassador for the race. When it came time to sign up, I knew that the full marathon was out, but if I got back to running, the half marathon would be a possibility. As the past few months have unfolded, I realized that toeing any sort of starting line might be out of the question. Maybe I could run the 5k. Slow.
I ran three times since the epidural injections I got on Monday. I ran through Golden Gate Park on Saturday to test my back out, running four miles…the most I’ve ran in weeks. (Someone high fived me in the park…I like your style, SF.) People asked me what I was going to run. I had a lot of anxiety over it. I just wanted to run. I’m over this back pain.
So while I would never recommend this to anyone, I decided to line up, wear a tutu, and see how far I could go. The worst thing that would happen would be that I end up cutting out early and/or walking to the finish. I started with Alisyn, Eric, and Wes at 5:30am. We stuck together as a group, took it easy, and a little over two hours later…
Do as I say, not as I do,
I ran the SF half in a tutu!
I RAN A HALF MARATHON. (Don’t tell my doctor.) And my back didn’t hurt. (You can tell him that.) Okay, that’s a lie. I felt a twinge around mile 10 and thought I was done, but it went away after a couple seconds.
I expected to make it five miles and have to stop. I never thought I’d run in a tutu. I never thought I’d be so happy just to finish a race. But I did and so far…so good. I had a blast running with my fellow ambassadors, and I’m just thrilled to be running. I hope this keeps up and isn’t some sort of San Francisco fluke.
I naturally have more to say (race reports are never short…), but I hope this sticks around and this race made me smile…longest run since February! I can’t say I would recommend the “Hey! Let’s see how far I can run today!” plan to everyone, but I’m so glad I did it and can’t wait to share my experience with you!
High fives for everyone.