Wednesday, April 22, 2009

3:40:59

The good news? I survived my second Boston Marathon.
The less good? My post race activities involved a ninety minute stay in the medical tent with a hypothermic body temperature that was hovering around iguana levels. Also, my left Achilles tendon gave up at mile 11.
The bestest? Although it was the slowest finish of my marathon trio, I still hauled my aching ass fast enough during the final mile to requalify for next year, which meant I didn't have to sell my Boston logo hoodie on eBay.

A full, quite-possibly boring race report is coming soon, since I'm finally back home, hobbling through my apartment as little as possible and half-heartedly encouraging the dog to soil the carpet because it hurts to drag him outside. Most importantly, though, I want to thank every one of you for the blog comments, the emails, and twittered messages of support. As a friend of mine put it the other day, sometimes sincerity is uncool but know this: when every fiber of my being wanted to quit, you guys gave me just as many reasons to keep going. Thank you.

In the meantime, can we please examine why my forehead looks so bizarre when I run? It only takes a couple of miles for me to go from average-looking human to full Klingon.

31 comments:

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Damn that is fast!!! Congrats on finishing AND qualifying for next year!! Now go soak in an ice bath or something. :-)

*Akilah Sakai* said...

Damn good for you for fighting on! Was that "Rocky" theme music playing in your ear?

Love the gloves. ;)

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Holy crap! Good job!

Didn't you hear your mother telling you to dress more warmly???

And how do you keep your hair looking so good??

jen said...

Congratulations. I tracked you online and I can't believe you snuck in with zero seconds to spare. Spectacular.

Not The Rockefellers said...

You impressed the hell out of me with that time! And you looked so damned badass despite the fact that you almost killed yourself.:)

Well done.

I rarely comment but I am a loyal reader. Loved your Robin Hitchcock article.

Peace - Rene

Michael said...

You did it, J-Money, and you survived. Three cheers.

zach said...

Congrats on the time! Hopefully I'll see ya in Boston next year!

inflammatory writ said...

You are my hero. Well, technically, anyone who can finish a marathon without dying is my hero. My friend Ben ran the Chicago Marathon when it was 90+ degrees, and not only did he not die, he finished! I still think he deserves a parade. You go girl!

Hot Librarian said...

If I haven't mentioned it lately, you kick ass. There is also taking of names involved.

Deidre said...

Wow! Congratulations! That is so awesome!

No, seriously, how do you get your hair to look so awesome?

Mia said...

The internet loves you J-Money! :D

Mia said...

The internet loves you J-Money!

Mia said...

The internet loves you J-Money!

Mia said...

The internet loves you J-Money!

Christy said...

I'm so proud of you!!! I can barely run to the bathroom right now, so the fact you can run that long & that far, makes you my hero for the week. You rock! & I know I tell you that alot, but really...you do. & other readers bring up a good point -- how do you keep your hair looking so freakin' awesome?! (incidentally, I'd love to cut my hair, but I'm so scared I'd screw it up product-wise -- so any advice would be great!)

Carebear said...

I am in awe of the extent of your persistence and masochism. It does not look like you are enjoying yourself, and clearly your body was revolting against you, but you didn't have enough sense to listen and give up. Seriously, though, well done. You are a rockstar.

Mike said...

You have to tell us about the gloves and other people wearing arm warmers. What's the physics?

cardiogirl said...

Uh, wow. Damn. Wow.

You had me grabbing at my Achilles heel in sympathy and jumping up and down as you crossed the finish line.

And damn you for looking good and stylish, while running a f*cking marathon in cool shades.

Lastly, no music? Not listening to an iPod while running for over three and a half hours?

Wow. Congratulations and good luck scrubbing the dog piles out of the carpet once you recover.

Robbie said...

Good work Jmoney. Congrats on crossing the line.

Quick question, the gloves, are they for impromptu magic tricks to boost moral for other runners?

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Congrats, sister! Very impressive time!

My word verification is "peter". Why not just come right out with it and call me a "dick"?

GYL said...

Maybe your forehead thought 'Today is a good day to die' :)

Go the awesome short hair (I am a short-haired gal myself. Hmm, did I just make myself sound like s breed of dog?)

Hope you are recovering well and good on ya - I am in awe.

Tammy said...

Congratulations! You may have been in the tent with my friend. She finished in 3:34, then was drug to the tent where her temp was hovering around 93 degrees.

Vanilla said...

Congrats J-Money! Thanks for pointing out the forehead thing, I might not have noticed it otherwise.

los_tartist said...

You blew your Achilles tendon and still finished in 3:40? That's amazing! YOU are amazing.

But quick question- You have to qualify to run marathons? They don't just let you stroll across the finish line at your leisure? There go all my dreams of ever running a marathon.

Krista said...

Girl, all that matters is YOU DID IT!!

You stuck with it and you finished! Congratulations and hugs are in order. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm so impressed! My fastest marathon ever was 3:55, and since I'm the same age as you, no Boston for me.

Plus, I did that time without the benefit of any messed up body parts, so double congrats to you!

ms. changes pants while driving said...

awesome job :D my sister started training for the rock and roll marathon this year and totally effed up her shins and heels. like, her feet, not heels shoes. she didn't train in heels.

i hardly ever comment here, but this, the boston marathon, made me do it.

that's a lie. it was the gloves. what's with the gloves?

emmysuh said...

Congratulations again, but I have to ask -- maybe I'm just (and will always remain) a Boston Marathon virgin and therefore don't immediately recognize the signifgance -- but what's with the gloves?

Can't wait to hear the recap.

Alya said...

Congratulations! So proud of you!

Grace said...

YEAH J-MONEY!!! YOU FINISHED!!!! I'm so proud, in a way like I actually know you. And beyond that, I'm stoked that you finished, so now you can go back to planning a Ridiculously Hilarious Comedy Tour (like the Blue Collar Comedy Tour except for funny) that comes to Richmond, so I can sit in the front row and offer supportive Oreo Cakesters.

That's a reasonable life goal, right?

Caroline said...

Love how the guy to your left in the grey t-shirt is just pouring sweat and looking like he's dying, and there you are with your achilles injury from hell and you look all fresh and poised.