I thought I would give a post following up on the most recent time I did something a little crazy.
You know how sometimes, when people do sort of crazy things, other people are curious as to how it ended up panning out for them? In case you’re curious about how all of this turned out –
The day after the race, I woke up unbelievably sore. I did not want to move. My arms were more tired than they’d ever been in my life. I didn’t want to lift them for anything.
I am fortunate enough to live in an apartment building that has a jacuzzi. I pretty much lived in that jacuzzi all week. Within a couple of days, I was feeling as though I could pretty much function again, which is good since I had a half marathon in Palm Springs the weekend after the one on crutches.
If I had been able to hobble along the entire course as quickly as I made it through the finish, I would’ve been a much more deserving candidate for such a crazy challenge.
I mentioned before seeing pictures of someone else crossing a finish line on crutches, and how that had inspired me to do it. Of course, she was in way better shape than I am. She had been running full marathons every weekend for a while (probably with times as fast or faster than my times when I “run” my half marathons).
I really had to concentrate during the race on not overcompensating. My hip and knee were getting a little worn out because I was putting pressure anywhere I could, to try to keep it off my ankle. This is something I had to keep in mind in the next few races after this one as well. My body could function the way it’s supposed to (especially after my ankle got much better). I just had to let it (…without overcompensating).
As far as I can tell, I didn’t do any extra damage to myself. I feel great and am unbelievably excited to tackle 45 more half marathons this year. I had an incredible day at Surf City. Onlookers, for the most part, made me feel like superwoman.
I don’t regret doing this half marathon. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I knew it was something I would finish, and I feel proud that I did. I think it’s awesome when we human beings can test ourselves, and push ourselves in a new way – and be reminded that we are all capable of so much!
I’m definitely going to work on slowly but surely getting in way better shape, though. With whatever other crazy challenges come my way, it’d be nice if I could take them head on in a good, solid way – instead of barely hanging on by a thread. (But goodness, did I ever hang onto that thread!)
Have you ever done anything kind of crazy that other people maybe thought was incredible (or stupid)? Did you regret it? Did you love it? Did you fall somewhere in between?
I’d love to hear from you!