Margie, Brian and I just had a great chat on Facebook last week and he never told me he was training for a marathon! So when I read this, I did a double-take: "How did I miss that???" Then I saw that it was you!!!! You know how much I marvel at what you've done with your running. I didn't know that you decided not to do the marathon, but please, please promise me that you are going to celebrate how far you've come already. You've done the Margie Clayman 1/2 marathon and, wow, do I wish I could have been there with water stations, pom poms, and a finish line medal! So many people don't do what you've done. I remember you posting about running in snow! Who cares about the walking, or the time, or distance... you're DOING it!!!! I'm telling myself this same thing, Margie. I have a health issue right now that is going to force me to walk into the Rock and Roll Seattle Marathon Expo next weekend, pick up my race number, and hand it to over to someone else who is going to run with my husband (not that we were going to run it together anyway--he's way, way faster). It's going to be very hard. Until a few weeks ago, I couldn't even talk about giving this race up without crying. It's #11 for me, and even though I'm a total back of the pack'er, I didn't realize how much I covet that spot until now that I know it's not really smart for me to run for long periods of time (1/2 marathons take me, like, 3 hrs) until my doctor and I fix my metabolic problem. So, I'm going to honor the doctor's advice to run no more than 3,4, or 5 miles, which means running for no more than an hour, and I'm going to let people "run their heads off elsewhere" as you said so aptly. Fortunately for both of us, marathons and half marathons aren't going anywhere in the near future. Thank you for sharing, Margie. I value you. (I value you, too, Brian... and if you do a marathon... I'm here to support!). Ellen
Great share, Ellen. And if I'm doing a marathon - I might be borrowing Bruce's car! Both of you ladies have been inspirational with your running efforts, and you know I'm a listening ear as you go through your metabolic evaluations, Ellen. And Margie always finds the most interesting things on her run: butterflies, undergarments, slick slopes...
Hi again to both of you, Margie and Brian, thank you for your encouragement and kind (loving) words. This is definitely a challenging time. Margie, I think I told you that on Mother's Day, I did do a 1/2 marathon. I didn't post on FB about it afterwards purposely. I started out with my usual walk/run intervals, but we had an errant warm day here and I was having an uncomfortable side effect from a medication that I'm on ("egg/sulfur burps"--we all need a laugh, right?). So, I couldn't run--at all. I felt sick and hot the whole time. I actually tried to escape the race about four times, literally taking off my number, trying to talk to a policeman to get back to my car, finding a cab... no go. I did finish even though I didn't want to. An 80 y/o man and a young woman on crutches were way ahead of me. I think the staff was taking down the clock when I got there. I am sure it was about 4 hours or more. I cried the whole way home and couldn't speak about it without tearing up for days. This was race #10 for me, the worst time, even worse than my first race when I was a lot of pounds bigger! I'm just trying to be comfortable with what is, rather than what "should" be (so, in essence, not shoulding all over myself). It sounds like you've come to terms with not doing the marathon, but have you considered doing a 1/2 officially since you've done one already? At least I can laugh about the egg burps :-). I bet Oreo balls would have stabilized my tummy! Ellen
Oreo balls are a great stabilizer - of course, that is because they increase your "center of gravity"! ;) I know that race was tough for you, Ellen - but the good thing is you made it through. Who cares about the 80 year old guy and woman on crutches. You were each running your own race and perhaps exorcising your own demons. You will be back running those 1/2 marathons soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the success and glowing reviews for your Say This, Not That to Your Professor book! I am reading it now, and I can see where it is an excellent resource for college students adjusting to life on their own and the communication skills necessary to advocate for themselves with professors.
Aww, Ellen. I wish I could give you a big smushy hug!! :( It currently takes me about 3.5 hours to do my 13 miles, so even with you not in tip-top shape you're doing better than me :) It's all relative, m'dear. Listening to doctors is good though, and let's not forget that you wrote an official great big grown-up book! I can't believe oreo balls were not mentioned at all in this thread with you & Brian around :)