Sunday, May 06, 2007

I did it!

I finished the Indy 500 Festival Mini Marathon - all 13.1 miles of it!!! This was my first half, and I plan to do it again next year. My girls did GREAT. They ran it in 2 hours and 4 minutes.
I was SO nervous all last week. I was struggling with the idea of it all -questioning what in the world I had done, signing up for this thing and thinking that I had any hope of finishing. It's true that they sold out the Mini this year, 35,000 people signed up and paid to run, but only 29,000 showed up yesterday. I didn't have to do it.
Yes, I did have to do it. I said I would, I paid my money, and I did the training. Most of all, I wanted to set a good example for my girls. If a Crane woman says she is gonna do something, like make art every day or run a half marathon, let's say, YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!
The girls followed the mini with a soccer match, playing almost all 70 minutes. All of us a sore today, but getting by. My only regret is that I was so nervous for the first 5 miles, I couldn't really enjoy myself. Next year, I'll know better.
I see the footage on t.v and I cannot believe I was actually part of that sea of humanity. I went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time and stopped for a second on the yard of bricks. Danica Patrick was there when the girls were. They saw her. She was cheering her sister on. One lap is 2.5 miles - that's 10 times more than the 1/4 mile track I do laps on in town!
I knew I had it at 9 miles. I never felt sick or like I wanted to quit. The biggest trouble I had was a blister on the ball of each foot. I could feel them squishing with every step. But I finished.
Try something you're not good at - in public, in a big crowd. It's not embarrassing. It's liberating.


random notes said...

YOU are amazing and what you did is truly worth every single pat on your back that you can give yourself. Hurrah for you. I climbed to the M in Bozeman Mt twice in one week and thought I would never make it. My daughter Jonquil, encouraged me every step of the way and in the end... and I was so glad that I did. She runs marathons too and I am so proud of her. I know how you must feel. Congratulations again and again.

Cheryl Prater said...

you are my hero! I am so proud of you!

e. beck said...

astonishing! you rock....and certainly should feel proud of yourself.....e

quiltcrazygal said...

Great job! You are an inspiration! Thank you!
Jenny from the quilt show in Chicago...I want you to also know I made a box for my friend's 50th birthday and it turned out so fun! Thanks for helping me!

Deb Silva said...

Way Cool Girlfreind!!! you make me proud!