Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Marathon...

Let me first say that I know I haven't updated in a long time.  There is a reason...our internet is having problems and we can't seem to figure it out.  It is SO frustrating, especially because I have so much to blog about.  Right now I am on Justin's laptop, so that is why I am able to update.  Just in case you were wondering.

Now on to the marathon.  It started off as a horrible week for me.  I got the stomach flu on Sunday and it never got better.  I hardly ate the entire week because of my lack of appetite.  I was not the only one to get sick, Kade, Kennedy, and Justin all did too, except they got better!  Well for me, by Friday (the day before the marathon) it got worse.  Instead of getting a restful sleep before running 26.2 miles I was up during the night throwing up and other stuff (I won't say what:)  I did not sleep at all to say the least.  And I am sure those in the cabin didn't either listening to me.  Anyway, even though I felt miserable I was going to run it despite the way I felt because I trained so long and hard to end up not doing it.  So I did run it, all 26.2 miles of it.  I felt HORRIBLE and it was MISERABLE and I really felt like dying but I did it and I am happy that it is over!  Justin told me I looked like death and I felt like death.  Even though I had to stop at every port of potty along the way I still made it.  Oh yeah, and it rained the ENTIRE time.  Not just drizzly rain, it poured rain and never let up.  Everybody was sopping wet and FREEZING!!!  My hands, arms, and legs were completely numb!  I was very sad that I was sick and I cried because instead of being a triumphant accomplishment it was completely miserable all around.  Thank goodness that wasn't my first marathon or I would definitely swear off marathons forever....but for now I will just swear them off for a very long time:)  Congrats to Emily, Brittany M., Brittany H., Nate H. for doing so well.  You guys were awesome and thank you Emily and Brittany for being by my side through all of that training.  I know that I couldn't have done it without you.  I am very proud of you!  Also, most importantly, thank you to my wonderful husband who stayed with me every step of the way and encouraged me to not give up.  If it wasn't for him I would have given up at mile 13 where I really wanted to.  He pushed me and inspired me to finish and I did and I am proud of both of us.  I KNOW I couldn't have done it without him.  Thank you Justin for not giving up on me and letting me give up on myself:)  That night I slept for 15 hours.  I am happy to report that I am feeling about 80% better!  I am just wondering when my appetite will return....I miss food!!! 

24 comments:

Robin said...

Ew, sorry Rachel. I'm so amazed that you still did the whole marathon. I couldn't have done it on my best day, much less on one of my worst! :) I did go jogging on Saturday morning in your honor, but much, much shorter than a marathon!

Katrina said...

That sucks! I am so sorry you were so sick. I am so proud of you for doing it. You are amazing!

ksdavis6 said...

good job rachie- I am sure it wasn't quite as fun as when i ran it with you:) i miss food too, if you know what i mean. when are you going come take care of us, everyone is starving and all we are leaving on right now is nachos. i am glad that you finished it, now when you have hard trials, both spiritual and physical think of the marathon, otay. love ya tons

David and Emily Wilcock said...

Wow! Congrats on finishing! I am not sure I would have tried! I keep thinking it would be fun to run a marathon, but after that I am not so sure. :)

Amy said...

I think that a marathon sounds like a bad idea even when you are feeling good and the weather is nice! Congratulations on finishing!!! I am glad that you blogged - I was beginning to think that you had fallen off the face of the earth!

HawgWildinWashington said...

Rachie, Like I told you on Saturday I couldn't even dream about running a marathon. It would actually be my worst nightmare. I am so proud of you. Tell Justin that I am proud of him too for not leaving you in the dust, like some other marathoner we know :) You are both inspirational! Love you.

Quinne said...

Congratulations Rachel! I'm so inspired by you guys! I can't believe you did the whole thing while feeling as awful as you did. I think it's so amazing and I'm proud of you guys for sticking it out through all the training and heat and exhaustion and everything. Great job!

Alisa said...

Emily told me about you and i am proud of you for still doing it. You are my hero! Seriously you rock! I am hoping we get to se pictures soon....

The Muries said...

Way to go Rach!!! I am proud of you. I really need to do something to get myself in shape. I was starting to wonder about you and your lack of blogging.

Amanda said...

Rachel- I found your blog on Katrina's. I am so sorry that you got sick:( You rock to still run! Great job. I had so much fun running with your and Justin that one time:) Your kids are so darn cute! Keep in touch!

The Jones Fam said...

Wow, I'm so impressed that you still ran it! I'm surprised your body had the energy to finish after all it had been through! I was there, but I didn't end up going to the finish line because like you said, it was pouring and I didn't want to stand in the rain with two kids. Congrats! I'm sure you're so glad it's over!

Laura Larsen said...

You are a tough cookie. I am so proud of you for running.

Ghislaine said...

That's amazing that you still even ran it. I'm such a wimp I would have opted out-good for you for sticking to it!!

lindsay said...

Yeah!!! You did it! Now you never have to do it again...I was thinking about doing a half marathon next spring to get back into shape, but after hearing about your experience...I don't know! You are amazing--my hero!!!

Cassie said...

Good for you Rach! My father in law was there and he said in the twenty years he has run st. george it has NEVER rained! Lucky you for picking this year! So sorry you were sick but congrats on finishing!

Aranne and Dan said...

running a marathon has always been on my "to-do list". I am so proud of you for doing it not in 100% too. Congrats to you. We should get togeher and run, but you would blow right past me for sure!

Cairen said...

I am so sorry that you had to run while sick and freezing! but that is awesome that you did it and that you had you husband with you to cheer you on. Yes, our family had on the blue ROCK shirts.

Eliz said...

WOW!!! A marathon -- that is so cool. Where was it? I am so glad that we now get to keep in touch -- ELiz

Rebecca and Co. said...

Congratulations on running the marathon in the RAIN and being SICK!! There should be an award for that. :) You are an inspiration!

Ann said...

Props. Serious, serious props.

Lindsay said...

Uhhg. I feel awful just imagining it. I understand wanting to race anyway and finish - after all that work and training. Most of the reward of those dang things is just saying "I did it." Congratulations!

nikki said...

I am proud of you for finishing. It sucks to feel crappy for an entire marathon... that was Boston for me. But I think finishing under those conditions is not only commendable but makes you some kind of super hero.

Noah and Tiffany Garfield said...

Congrats on the marathon! I think you guys are amazing for doing it and even more amazing for doing it in crazy weather! Also, thank you so much for driving out with Britt this last week. You were so helpful! and did so much! You are so sweet and I just think you're great! (Sorry for the cheesy comment but it's true) Thanks again! Love, Twink :)

Brittany said...

Rach you did look like death... but you did it and it's over! I am really proud of you, because you were so sick and still crossed the finish line! You rock! Maybe we'll talk about running a half marathon? Are you in? Hahahaha! Actually I'm serious! Come on you know you want to!:)