As I started my two-week taper into the NYC Marathon, my legs had the chance to stop, look around at the redecorating I had done over the past several months of hard training and decided to shout back a strong opinion. My left hip is where I heard the most complaints. I suddenly found myself limping as I walked. This was not a good sign and I needed help asap. A magic wand would have been ideal. Instead, I went for PT and the therapist diagnosed a sprained left hip. Rest, rest, rest. If I am able, rest to the start of the marathon!
Agh, my worse fear realized. I listened to my therapist and more importantly to my body. I stopped all cross-training too. However, I couldn’t stop my inner alarm clock from waking me up at 4:30am ready to go. That was so hard to temper.
Then Hurricane Sandy came along and cancelled the NYC Marathon. The days leading up to the official cancellation were an emotional roller-coaster. I felt my desire to blast off dwindle to a flickering flame. On marathon Sunday I chose to join New York Runners Support Staten Island and redefined my finish line for the NYC Marathon.
A few days later I heard the Philadelphia Marathon was opening slots for about 3000 NYC Marathoners. My husband was already training to run it so I was familiar with the race. Still nursing my injured left hip, I was initially reluctant to sign-up. I had now been tapering for 3 weeks, that included 2 weeks of complete rest. My mental focus was a mess. Last thing I wanted to have happen was to get into the Philly Marathon and be too injured to finish. I pushed my fears aside and signed up for the lotto. My sister did the same and a few days later we were accepted.
It was GAME ON! Gulp. I went for several sessions of PT and each time felt improvement. This past week I did a proper taper training run and felt fantastic.
Sat: 4 miles
Sun: 8 miles
Mon: 3 miles
Tue: 4 miles
Wed: 4 miles (tempo)
Sat: 2 miles
My legs were feeling strong again but my mind was not in the same place. One of the purposes behind starting this blog was to “both mentally and physically prepare to run the NYC Marathon and beyond” and here I am losing my mental mojo when I need it the most! After the crazy emotional up’s and down’s of the past four weeks, my inner-rocket had fizzled out. The only way to reignite it was to believe in myself again.
I remembered my mantra: See It, Believe It, Be It and then thought of the above picture. It is a sculpture I have adored for many years and keep as my Facebook cover image. It is titled “Freedom” (by Zenos Frudakis). The sculpture visually represents exactly how I feel this journey has been for me: See It, Believe It, Be It!
And then today I got my special sign from God that everything is going to be wonderful. I learned that the sculpture is located in Philadelphia near the Start/Finish Line! Of course I was meant to run this race. I will be exactly where I am supposed to be on Sunday, Nov 18: In Philadelphia with my family nearby, running my first marathon with a Smile Across The Finish.