Deanna went first which made all of us tear up when she spoke about her brother, then Tawsha told everyone about her Nana, after Jianna I told everyone who I run for, my Grandpa Tom and my Uncle Ted. There were a lot of tears this morning. One woman who couldn't have been much older than me, was already a widow. She lost her husband to lymphoma. Another woman about my age, just found out on February 1st that her husband was cancer free. I cannot imagine learning that Josh had cancer or losing him. It would be awful. Another woman spoke about losing her 10 month old daughter to leukemia and a man his wife. Their strength amazes me. At the end we celebrated Mighty Mason who I told you about in a previous post, who had his last treatment this past week and is officially cancer free. Once Ashley read aloud all of the names of the friends and family members that we participate for, we released our balloons into the air. It was an amazing and emotional morning.
Before getting into my car to head home I filled two trash bags with ice for my knees. Fifty minutes later I was home, well iced. Josh was nice enough to run a cold bath for me. I made my green monster and headed up for an ice/epsom salt bath. I was shivering even with my sweatshirt on in the bath, but I think my legs appreciated it. As of right now I am still feeling good. My legs are sore but I can bend easily. I'll probably ice at least one more time today before I roll out on my foam roller to release some of the muscle tension.
Time: 3:05:25 Distance: 19 miles Avg. Pace: 9:45 min/mile
Now to be fair, I did stop my watch when I stopped and stretched. So that would probably add about 5-7 minutes to my overall time making my pace about 10:07 min/mile. If I an keep that pace for the marathon I'd come in under 4.5 hours! Which would just rock my world.
P.S. My shoes arrived yesterday and they were amazing on my feet today! No ankle pain!