Once upon a time, I ran a marathon….

I can’t even believe it’s been ONE year since I ran the Chicago Marathon!!! I couldn’t even dream of attempting that now. Not to mention, thank goodness I wasn’t signed up for this year since all races are cancelled due to COVID-19 😦

You might wonder why in the world I would sign up to run 26.2 miles. Well….I blame Autism Speaks for that! I saw they were advertising for runners to sign up for Chicago and it just kept popping up in my Facebook newsfeed. So one day, I grew a giant pair of balls and just took the plunge. I knew I would never sign up without a great cause behind me and running a marathon is something I’ve always wanted to do. I did it for Luca. I did it for myself. I did for anyone who benefited from the funding I raised in my fundraiser. I raised over $3500 and that right there, that’s what kept me motivated. I needed to be held accountable to all of the people who donated to my cause and supported me.

On the first day of training with CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association), I somehow managed to hurt my knee on a 6 mile run. Little did I know, that injury wasn’t going away. I took some time off, I tried to power through it, I tried the chiropractor and deep tissue massage…..I tried it all BEFORE I finally gave in and went to the doctor.

My sports medicine doctor came highly recommended and specializes in running related injuries. I had an MRI on my knee a couple months in since the aggressive physical therapy program we thought would work wasn’t doing a thing. The good news is that there wasn’t anything majorly wrong, but the bad news was the amount of swelling. I had Patellofemoral Syndrome and IT Band Syndrome . Again, nothing major in most cases, but I couldn’t take time off to heal because I was training for a marathon.

SOOOOO…..the LONGEST run I did for my training before the marathon was 13.1 miles. That’s right, only HALF of what I would be running on race day.

In my corral, waiting for to start. There were SO many people and it was so cold that morning!

So race day, that was brutal. I did okay for the first 10 miles. After that, my knee was just done. Unfortunately, it couldn’t really be done since I still wasn’t even half way to the finish line. My knee tried to give out on me more than once and I had to stop my slow job and walk (as you can see from my times). But you know what, I did it. I did it, I did it, I did it!! I swore I would never run another again….but, I should know better that you should never say never 😉

Autism Speaks holds a huge place in my heart because of Luca. If he understood what his mommy did for him, I know he would be proud. I couldn’t have done it without him, the support from everyone I know and Bio Freeze 😉

I AM A MARATHONER

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