Do I Regret Doing a Half Marathon on Crutches?

March 12, 2012

Aurora De Lucia coming into the surf city half finish line after a half marathon on crutchesShort answer: Absolutely not.

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).

Aurora De Lucia under the finish line banner of the Surf City half marathon 2012I 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!

2 thoughts on “Do I Regret Doing a Half Marathon on Crutches?”

  1. I think those that run half marathons, or read blogs of those that do half marathons, are the ones that are going to be shaking their heads and saying enthusiastically “yes, I am crazy enough to do something like that!” I am the woman that got on a horse the day after knee surgery, just to have said horse attempt to kill me. I am the one signed up to lead a kayak trip just two weeks after this next surgery in April (no, I will not be able to walk. And no, I am not allowed to be out of bed at that point.) I think we all were probably the babies that stayed awake way past when we were tired because we did not want to miss a thing. I am sure we were the children that questioned everything, and got into more than our share of trouble. I know that we are the ones now that look to the horizon and ask what the next challenge is. I know that people such as yourself are the ones that help me to embrace the next challenge and keep going.
    As I have said, you inspire me.

    1. You are crazy! LOL!

      And, thank you. You are also (in addition to crazy) very sweet.

      I was totally someone that wouldn’t go to sleep ever if anybody was hanging out. I didn’t want to miss anything. Even still, as an adult, I’m like that. the day I packed my suitcase, when I was staying with Wendy and Marty in Florida, I’d only pack one or two shirts at a time before I’d meander into the living room to make sure I wasn’t missing anything!

      Keep being fun and crazy, but take care of yourself! 🙂

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