So, the recap.
Myself and my friend Annelise seeded ourselves behind the 5:00 pacer. I wanted a 5:30 or better and was afraid of potty stops, so I figured seeding myself ahead of the 5:30 group would allow some time to be banked. It worked out for the most part, but next time I want to run a pace I will just start with them.
The first 10 miles or so flew right by. The bridge, Riverside park, the tunnel, Cobo, Campus Martius, it all just blended together into one large jog around Detroit with Annelise. After we passed the break off point for the marathoners, the running crown thinned out. I was expecting that.
Gary got me through the wall, Gary got me through my personal wall at mile 23 - the mile I will never forget - and he got me all the way to the point my calf muscle just would not cooperate. I started to walk and watched 5:30 slip away. Typically this would have been at mile 10 or 13, so the fact that this was happening at mile 24 was great. At mile 25 I called in the calvary. I dialed Anne and she was wondering where I was. I was crying and that made her bust into tears. I told her that I was going to finish. I was at mile 25 and had to walk as my calf had completely seized up. I needed someone badly to assure me that I was going to finish this race.
|Anne, myself, Jim rounding the corner to the finish line|
|Anne and I running in to the finish!|
I have never worked so hard for a piece of medal on a ribbon before. But this was not the end of a journey. This was not the final destination. This was the jumping off point.
In 1 week myself and Annelise are driving to Panama City beach, FL to volunteer at Ironman Florida. In just over a weeks time, the day I have dreamed of for two years is becoming a reality. We are signing up for 2012. That day I became a bonafide marathon. Soon, I become an Ironman.
It is happening. It is on. And I CAN DO THIS!