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from last year… I was at Boston, knew my right foot wasn't 100%, got to mile 15 and knew I should stop, but I had worked so hard to get there I pulled into the firestation (just past 17) to have it taped… gimped to the finish… the resultant injuries (PF/heel bursitis & compensation) made me wonder what possessed me to finish… the podiatrist who was the last stop (after my massage therapist & an accupuncturist had unravelled most of the compensation issues) told me that at my “age” I would probably have to “manage” my issues from here on out…

but every time I get past the first mile of the day I realize that while I will never be fast or competitive I LOVE to run… if I never ran another race it would be okay… but I also enjoy marathons and plan to run them as often as the rest of my life allows me to, and do them with the hope of not hurting myself further… so I'll be part of the embarassingly slow group till I figure out how to “manage” to get more fit without hurting myself… I'm not going to stop marathoning just because I can't pull a PR every time, just because I have no hope of a BQ, just because it's a crazy thing to do… when I get to mile 18 (most times) I can reflect on my fitness and know that I'll be able to walk the next day and I'll be wondering why I didn't run just a little faster…

my husband has 'the picture' on his desk, it's (only) a half marathon finish, run at Virginia Beach… I had sent him the link with a note to look at how my (short) hair had 'punked-up' from the salt from my sweat and looked terrible… he bought the darn thing and told me that while I thought I looked horrible it made him proud to know that I was strong… and I was grinning because I was having FUN!

-Rita