June 06, 2006

Addendum to Marathon Report and a Little Whining

I'm sure I'll be doing this for several days...but I thought of more stuff to post that I had forgotten about earlier.

1. What was up with all the people running and talking on their cell phones?? I can barely walk and talk on the phone at the same time, much less RUN!
2. I wish I knew more about Blogger so that I could post my training stats, etc. (I know...not totally marathon related...)
3. I ate too much post-race (bagel, banana, apple, orange, powerade, beer...then on to dinner where I had a cheeseburger, fries (which I NEVER eat), moo shu egg roll appetizer, 2 more beers, some chocolate cake, and coffee.) Needless to say I woke up at 11:30pm sick as a dog. I felt much better after my body decided it didn't want to digest all of that food. Notes taken for next marathon: there is no need to gorge.
4. When I woke up, sick, at 11:30pm I thought it was the day before and panicked because I thought I still had to run the marathon.
5. My legs don't feel so bad. Maybe it will come in a few days??
6. It was comforting to meet all the RBFers before the marathon. I think that is what made me so calm. I saw that they had gotten through it before (some many times!) and it just made it seem easy to me when I listened to them talk.
7. I truly learned so much through all of this. I realized that I haven't given myself enough credit over the years, and that I am capable of anything!
8. I'm still hurt that no one in my family called to wish me good luck or tell me congratulations. I finally broke down and called most of them. Their excuses as follows:

My sister said she thought it was the same thing as Relay for Life and that it was over with several weeks ago. When I told her no, that Relay for Life was something different, her response was "well, then what would possess you to run 26 miles?"

My brother said he thought it was next week. (Although I give him props for answering the phone "What's up runner girl?")

My mother didn't have any excuses, but was willing to listen to my report of the whole thing and act semi-interested. She always wanted me to be a doctor so when I told her that there were more doctors in this world than marathon runners, she got a little excited and couldn't wait to go to work and tell everyone that 33% of her children did something remarkable (her words, not mine...and sorry to my brother and sister!) I don't know if the doctor vs runner thing is true, but it sounded good at the moment.

My grandmother seemed truly happy to hear that we finished. I didn't expect her to call, as she is 80 and only able to make calls when she wants something...woops...did I just say that?

I haven't called my father, and really don't plan on it. One of the above can tell him all about it. The day before I left I went out and bought him a card to congratulate him on 2 months of not smoking. It said "You get a gold star in my book". I'm afraid if I call him I'll ask him for the gold star back.

I took my 5 year old nephew to swim lessons this evening. He loves to run and has ridden his bike along side of me while I've run. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to introduce him to the concept of the long-distance runner. Remember, I don't have any children of my own so I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. The conversation went something like this:

Me: Pete, I ran a really long way on Sunday. Kindof like running all the way from your house to my house. Isn't that neat?

Pete: So did you run for a thousand hours or something?

Me: Well, sortof. Kindof like running all day. Like when you were at school all day, I was runninng.

[At this point I'm realizing that this may not have been such a good way to start the conversation.]

Pete: So, did you win?

Me: Well, everyone's a winnner (c'mon guys...I don't have any kids...I thought he would get it).

Pete: Everyone can't be a winner. Someone has to come in first.

Me: Well, I didn't come in first. I came in about number 9,000.

Pete: So, you beat someone right?

Me: Well, yes and no. I ran faster than some people but I didn't come in first.

Pete: Did you beat Mr. Troy?

[At this point I'm realizing I need to end this conversation]

Me: Yes...I did....(and sorry Troy!)

Pete: Well, I know that's not true because girls never beat boys.

It was at that point that I realized that I was making a feeble attempt to get a pat on the back by someone in my family...and sadly I had resorted to the 5 year old who always thinks his aunt is cool. I'm sure he still thinks that I'm cool, but more likely for the minature San Diego coffee mug I brought him back, and not that I ran 26 miles....


Liv said...

LOL! Getting into conversations with kids is always a leap off the deep end. Don't take it personally. Their brains are still developing :)

Seriously, 26.2 congratulations for your amazing, amazing marathon!You - both of you! - ran so well, and so much faster than you anticipated, and from your wonderful report I can tell the race was everything you had hoped and dreamed it would be.

Hang on to those feelings, for godsakes hang on to that boy, and here's to your marathon! and the next one... and the next one...

PS I like the new look of your blog - I guess this marks the end of an era eh? and the beginning of a new one!

Phil said...


Congratulations on your finish. And congratulations to T for pulling you along at the end of the race. I'd keep this guy. Sticking with one's girl friend in a 26 mile race is NOT typical male behavior (this comment coming from a typical male). After the first few miles, the typical male would have left you to fend for yourself. You may have found him wheezing in the gutter at mile 15, but his ego wouldn't allow him to run a 11:30/m pace at the beginning of the race. In the end, your 5 hour finish is awe inspiring. I've never had the guts to try this distance, but your are starting to make me believe that I might be able to do it.

Also, about the family. They won't change. My wife of 26 years doesn't have a clue why I run. I love her dearly and she loves me, but her only concern is that I'll drop dead at some point during a race. She only rolled her eyes when I lamented that I couldn't run in a 50k event through central Arizona last year because of an other commitment. None of my relatives run and none of them want to hear anything about running.

I also love all of them, but I learned long ago not to depend on or expect their support. Talking to a non-runner about the joy of running a 10-13 mile long run on the weekend is like explaing quantum mechanics to a 5 year old. They can see your mouth moving, but don't have clue why your so damn excited.

At the end of the day, it is those of us in the running community that will give you your support. We understand what drives you to want to run 26 miles or 13.1 miles or 6.2 miles or any distance. We will continue to give you support and encouragement, especially those of us who haven't dared to attempt what you have already accomplished.

You write a great blog and have certainly accomplish a lot in your 29th year.

Also, thank you for adding a link to my humble blog. I certainly don't have your talent for writing, but I appreciate the link.


John said...

Well, I think you are WAY cool.
/pats Amy on the back

Good job runner girl.

pinaypower said...

i'm sure the non runners in the fam "just don't get it". once you start tacking up the marathons, who knows maybe you can inspire one of them to join you!

and the nephew? gotta love 'em! too too funny!

Anne said...

From now on, we can be your "family." We understand the commitment and the pain and the frustration involved. It's true, non-runners just can't relate. I've done a dozen marathons and my family keeps asking how far that is and how long it takes.

jeff said...

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