"Oh, did you not train?"
And my head hung in shame. "Yes, I trained. Just not enough. And I'm not very good at running."
For most of that first week, I was very ashamed--of how sore I was, of how bad I felt when it was over. I thought I would feel a huge sense of accomplishment, but mostly I felt how sore my muscles were and remembered how hard those last three miles were.
Tonight I went for my first post-race run. I didn't know if I would keep running after this, but I feel like it would be a waste of a lot of time and energy (and money for cute shoes) to give it up now. I was driving down into the Rose Bowl for the first time since the race. Where I usually park just happened to be where the hardest part of the race for me began (the last two miles). I didn't know how it would go after a two week sabbatical. But it was amazing. I only ran two miles, but I ran two miles. No stops, no walking. My leg didn't hurt. I could breath. That is huge.
I decided to join my friends in this race to raise money to free modern day slaves. Somewhere along the way, I think I became a runner.
I'll leave you (and this blog) with this. Thank you, friends, for joining me on this journey. In the words of Waterdeep, "It's a long hard road, with a good, good end."