11/14/2010

New York City Marathon photos - Yeah...I was in that much pain...

Still working on the race report, but I just found out that the photos from the New York City Marathon are online. Okay...since I was in A LOT of pain (that's apparently what a ripped calf muscle does to you...that and not being able to run or walk without limping for that matter...)...this is not going to be pretty.

This picture was taken at mile 6...where everything was still absolutely okay and heading for a sub-4! I'm wearing a hat and the BRIGHT orange long sleeve. Little did I know that mile 8 would bring me a ripped calf muscle.
Mile 18...texting my mom and limping along...and just about to hit the medi-tent...again...And, yeah, that belt does add inches to my waist...
Mile 20-something...I obviously spotted the photographer and am trying to look like I'm in less pain than I am...FAIL!

My partner in crime for the last couple of miles. Overheard him talking on his phone about how tired he was. He was Dutch, so I asked him whether or not he wanted to feel miserable together. Seemed like a plan to him. He was exhausted, and at that point I was (a) in excruciating pain and limping to a point where it just looked awful and (b) high on the Tylenol. So we just chatted for the last couple of miles of the marathon.

Finally...the finish line! Halle-freakin-lujah! And no, that's not my finish time...luckily...
I look happy, and not tired at all...awful hat-hair, though! Note to self: Never Ever Take Hat Off For Pictures Again!

Ofcourse I forced partner in crime to take a finish line picture together. Me with the not so charming hat-hair, he with the less charming fleece Dunkin Donuts hat. The odd couple. Didn't catch your name partner in crime, but THANKS for making those last miles bareable.
I didn't manage to get the finisher clip online, but, believe me, it looks painful...Imagine a silly girl trying to limp run to the finish line...Embarrassing!
The best thing: I'm still on crutches and the muscle is still ripperderipped (okay, that's not so good, but wait for just a second), but I can't wait for the next marathon! If I wasn't in this much pain, I would do one again today! :)

22 comments:

misszippy said...

Oh, so sorry to hear about the calf! That's awful. In spite of it all, you look like you did enjoy the experience...and the next one will be so much better. Congrats on gutting it out and finishing!

runningwithsass.com said...

I am so sorry! that really really sucks!!! what causes that?

RunningRonald said...

pain is temporary glory lasts forever... ik weet het.. ben niet origineel maar het is zeker waar. Nogmaals van harte!! NYCM finisher.. en die tijd maar je bij je volgende echt wel weer goed. Nu rustig maar vooral goed herstellen.. dat loopje samen loopt niet weg :)

Sjoukje said...

Arme jij! De foto's zijn in ieder geval wel leuk. Mag ik ze allemaal zien?

Forward Foot Strides said...

Congrats on your race, I'm sorry to hear you were in pain though. Here's some distraction: where DO you get your skirts??? I love the one in this photo, and at the top of your page too.

Thanks!

rinusrunning said...

Gefeliciteerd met de marathon en zo te lezen en te zien ging het niet helemaal goed.
Pak je herstel en rust goed uit na je terug vlucht.
Groet Rinus.
www.rinusrunning.nl

Char said...

14 miles is a long time to be in pain for. You're one tough lady!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

So sad about your calf. Super impressed that you finished. Rest and heal and you will be back in no time!

The Bryans said...

Sorry about your calf! Also very impressive that you toughed it out!
And, lucky for you you wrote a post a while back about flirting during running so that you d know exactly what to say to rope in your partner in crime :)

winelush said...

I'm so sorry about your calf, I hope it heals quickly. I know you'll be back at it as soon as it does. Did your mom run too? If so, how did she do?

Johann said...

You pushed through to the finish and that's great, well done! You don't look in pain in those photos, they are good. Hope the calf heals quickly!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ MissZippy: Thanks! :) And thanks for the lie about me looking great. ;) :)

@ Runningwithsass: I haven't got a clue. I must've stepped on something, I guess...

@ RunningRonald: Ik houd je aan dat loopje samen met deze kreupele, hoor! ;)

@ Sjouk: Tuurlijk mag je ze allemaal zien! :) De vraag is of je dat ook echt wilt...

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Forwardfootstrides: www.runningskirts.com ! Prepare yourself for a new addiction! :)

@ Rinus: Ging inderdaad niet helemaal goed...tot het 13k punt ging het super...en toen een originele zweepslag in m'n kuitje...uitgestrompeld dus...terwijl ik in de verplegingspost een handje pijnstillers had gekregen waar ik erg vrolijk van werd...goed spul. ;)

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Char: Thanks! :) Actually it were 18 miles...

@ TMB: Thanks! Fingers crossed!

@ The Bryans: Well...have you seen the hat hair? I wasn't really fit for flirting at that point. ;)

@ winelush: Thanks for asking! :) Nope, mom didn't run, she cheered! :) And talked me through it on the phone! :)

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Johann: Thanks! :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I can not believe that happened! Ouch! So proud of you for finishing. Rest up and heal quickly.

Silly Girl Running said...

Thanks Shelly! :) That's sweet! :)

Pretend this is real said...

Wow! Congrats on finishing despite your injury! Hope you feel better soon.

Zaneta said...

im so sorry to hear that you were in so much pain... awesome that you had someone to help distract you the last couple of miles! :)
and i think you look cute in ur finisher photo!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Pretend this is real: Thanks! :)

@ Zaneta: Thanks for saying that I look cute in the finisher photo. ;) 'Cause I know that I look like a total goof ball. ;)

RunningRonald said...

@SGR: daar mag jij mij absoluut aan houden. Geef jij maar aan wanneer je je weer goed voelt voor een duoloop(je)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I've been watching your notes on FB and waiting to see the full report. I am soooo sorry this happened, I know how much you were looking forward to this race. I hope that minus the pain it was at least a good trip