Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I Thought I Was Done Lactating

The Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Marathon has come and gone. No, I didn't run. Don't you read anything I write? What do you have, like a blog roll of 60 blogs you like to skim?

I tried not to mope the whole time even when every person in the whole town was wearing a medal and a race shirt and doing the marathon shuffle. I did have my moments of general bitchiness and even broke down in tears when we saw the first marathoners come across the finish. I just kept thinking, "That should be me." Despite not being able to run the race, there were some pros to the trip:

Wearing this in the elevator as I came down from the pool I got lots of weird looks. It would seem I am the queen of all lactators:

Great scenery in the BBQ restaurant. Glad the crack decided to behave and stay put:

I taught my son to drink root beer the way you do in college (with your eyes closed in pure enjoyment):

I got to watch my mom experience her first porta potty (she usually just leaves a pile on the sidewalk):

Santa ended up running the race:

I got to see other Alamo (not the car rental place):

So you see, it wasn't all that bad. And in all seriousness, Ken (husband) and Julie (BFF) ran a great half marathon. Ken ran in 1:52, Julie in 1:36. They are studs. That's me in the middle. The one with no marathon bib, no medal:

The weekend was not without pitfalls.
  • I found out it is by far easier to run a marathon than to navigate your way across thousands of runners and closed roads to the finish line. We need to salute our supporters more.
  • My daughter, 8, got lost in the hotel for about 5 minutes and I had one of those mother freak out moments that no one likes to witness

  • Said daughter got sick and ended up with a urinary tract infection (thanks hot tub). We spent the morning in this lovely clinic in downtown San Antonio. I think I got a urinary tract infection myself just sitting there.

  • Some kid threw up behind me on the plane (vomiting is my very worst fear and gross out)

Other than that: perfection!!

Now it is time to look towards the future my friends!!! By January I will be training again. I'm thinking of running the Colorado Marathon in May. I just watched the movie, Ultra Marathon Man about when that Karno dude ran his 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states and then pulled some crap like running to Missouri the next day after he finished. Anyway, Karno made a good point:

"You have to keep moving forward. If you don't, you're stagnant and then you die."

I leave you with that. Don't die.


  1. So did you check out the basement in the Alamo?


    I know how tough that weekend must have been. I am sure this injury will give you an even greater appreciation for your running. I hope your recovery continues to go well.

  2. God, I'm so glad I didn't go. Congrats to your hubby and your BFF though!! Great job to both.

    I just signed up for the Colorado Marathon. DO IT! DO IT! Check out the course profile; fast and mostly downhill the first half (I ran the second half and it has a downhill grade, but just feels flat). BQ here we come!

  3. The best part about Ft Collins was that it is such a small race that you don't have to deal with the nose to butt conga line and worry about stepping all over people. There was only a total of 1300 people in the half marathon and I would bet that they cap the marathon somewhere around there too.

  4. great pics, sounds like a fun time with family and friends anyway....1:36? wow your BFF is fast.

    love the 50/50 book, and that quote is great

  5. I'm sorry you didn't get to run.. I'm sure all the sorry's in the world wont make it better but you will be back out there soon and ready to kick butt!! Sounds like you had a fun time with your family & your BFF even though you weren't running!!!!

  6. You'll get 'em soon enough...you'll be out there stronger than ever! At least you were able to support and be a good friend and wife!

  7. I am glad there were some highlights in spite of the disappointment of not running!

    I am excited for your return to running. I start my marathon training in January, so it will be great to have your blog to help motivate me!!

  8. Great weekend recap and great pics! That is so gross about the vomiting on the plane...I would have been dry heaving upon hearing it...and I have 2 little kids...that is how much I hate it...yuck!

    I once lost my son in a store for all of 2 minutes and had a complete panic attack. I feel your pain. :)

  9. Well I'm glad you made it through the marathon. I can't imagine how hard it would be to watch people run when you should be. I haven't been able to run in 7 months but fortunately I just don't sign up for races haha

  10. Your dress/cover-up is too funny.

    Here's hoping this is the last race you have to watch from the sidelines.

  11. oh just LOVE your blog! :) sorry about your injury.... I planned on running the SA marathon a year ago but couldnt do to a back injury! (urgh)... I finally ran my first marathon a year later running it by myself (this past september)...
    being out of running is so frustrating .. hang in there... ...

  12. Is your son wearing a JMU shirt?
    Did you go there? As I wrote that, I felt like we already covered this...not sure. My hubby, my BIL and a niece all went there.

  13. Looks like a good weekend - congrats to your husband and friend! Hope you continue to heal so you can rock marathon training in January.

  14. Congrats to your BFF and husband!! I'm sure it was not easy watching from the sidelines but you'll rock at the CO marathon (and I could come cheer you on!!! :) ) and will be that much more determined to run it FAST!!

    Love the pictures, thanks!

  15. Aw, you're a great sport! Congrats to Ken and your BFF on their races and kudos for being an awesome supporter!

  16. You are beyond cool. Seriously! I missed you posting :)

  17. Glad you found some enjoyment in your trip!

    Congrats to your hub and BFF!! Great race.

    January will be here before you know it!

  18. Hey, coming back from a stress fracture is hard. I remember fearing injury a lot. I continued to have twinges of pain for 3 months or more after I went back to running. I had to train my brain to understand that that pain did not mean damage, did not mean reinjury. It took a lot of mental work. Also, I was sooooooo slow coming back, and it took a while to get back the speed. I actually ran trails for a long while thereafter, bc trail running is done slower than road running, and it was easier mentally. But, I am faster now than ever, taking my calcium daily, and have been really healthy since. Good luck

  19. You are a strong woman than me in so many ways! First off, if a kid puked behind me on the plane, I would have sympathy puked as well. Loosing the kido for even five seconds is awful - glad she is feeling better!
    And you braved the sidelines of the marathon. I don't know if I could have done that. I sat out this year because of injury for the San Jose RnR Half and it was painful!!!
    I think you should run with Tara! That would be awesome!
    BTW, did you ever sell your bib?

  20. I don't know how you could stand to go and watch. Good for you! Some of my friends tried to see my twice and failed, finally caught me at mile 12. Brutal crowds for sure.

  21. HAHAHA your titles always kill me. I'm sorry you didn't get to run but I'm sure you will KILL your next race! Thanks for having such a great attitude and keeping us optimistic! Please remind your readers about my Runner's Giveaway ending Thursday! http://runninaround.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/my-first-giveaway/
    To benefit Team In Training!

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