Myrtle Beach Marathon and Half Marathon
Please note: These posts for events occurring between October 2014 and February 2015 are overdue but I wanted to finish each of them to start fresh once again. Starting in May of last year I began to struggle with extreme fatigue, which I first thought was simply the result of a very strenuous travel-work-running schedule. I worked hard to get “adequate rest” before launching into my busiest season at the start of September but by then I knew something more serious must be involved. In between road trips I scheduled consults, tests and medical procedures all the while trying to keep up with my events and obligations through the fall and winter. I’m happy to say I was able to manage this…but just barely. For each meeting, race, event, appearance, meal, speaking engagement or celebration you see in my blog photos, the reality was that I would go immediately back to my rental car or hotel and collapse with exhaustion. Although writing a blog requires little physical exertion I found myself feeling lethargic and unable to focus so instead I took advantage of the private moments to rest and conserve as much of my energy as possible. When I finish updating the missing events I will provide a detailed explanation of my health issues as I hope my doctors have finally determined the cause and likely solution to the fatigue. Thank you for your understanding and patience!
Friday, February 13th:
Despite this being Friday the 13th I'm feeling pretty good about the day so far. Jim has been traveling in the area a few days for work and I just made the 3 1/2 hour drive this morning. While this will be an unofficial Get Back UP event for me, I'm counting it because 1) I'm truly in the process of Getting Back UP with my health and 2) this will be my 2nd full marathon in 3 weeks so I'm gonna say it's official!
|I stopped for a late protein snack of Seared Ahi Tuna with wasabi, seaweed|
salad and fresh ginger. Delish.
Saturday, February 14th:
Jim and I got a hotel right next door to the starting line, which was great because it's a cold weekend here in Myrtle Beach. Rick met us at the hotel where we stayed inside the lobby to keep warm before venturing out in the cold and the dark.
|Do we really want to do this?|
|We stopped being wimps and headed out into the cold, dark day. Let's do this!|
I was treated to a wonderful Valentine's Day surprise as I made my way to the 26 mile marker. Jim had finished his race, gone to buy me flowers and balloons then he and Rick made their way back to the finish line area. With the wind tossing the huge balloons all over the place it was easy to spot the guys cheering me through the finish corrals. Thank you guys for the terrific boost just when I needed it!
|Thumbs UP for TeamUP! I'm not sure what the next few months have in store for me|
but until I'm told to stop running I'm gonna try to keep up my strength and stamina.