Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Salt Lake 1/2 Marathon

This is my friend Jen that I've been training for the race with. She is an amazing runner and really pushed me and we went on some really fun runs. Unfortunately during all of our training, I got a couple of injuries. I first got shin splints and was out for 3 weeks. Then I got a knee injury that put me out 2 weeks. I got back into it and was able to finish training. Race day came and the race started off great! I loved the energy and all the runners. But even before I hit mile 1, I knew my knee was going to give me trouble. By mile 2 i couldn't even bend my knee. It was so miserable. I text Jed by mile 4 saying I couldn't make it. I seriously didn't know what to do! But he text me back and encouraged me to keep going. He didn't realize how bad it was though. So there I went... running 11 miles without bending my left leg. I looked ridiculous! You should all try it or I'll gladly give you a demonstration next time I see you! I would start to tear up here and there because it was so painful. I would have people stop me and ask if i needed to stop. And of course that made me even more determined to finish! I really was so sad that I didn't do as good as I wanted. But I've gone to the doctor and to physical therapy to treat my "IT Band Syndrome" and should be good to run the Bear Lake 1/2 marathon next month!
My cute supportive husband waiting for me at the end of the race. Thanks for all the massages, ice packs, advil, foot rubs and support! He promised he is doing the next race with me!








9 comments:

Kristi said...

Oh Al! How painful! Atleast you can run girl! I miss you and we should hang soon.
Good job for finishing the marathon! You go girl!

NatBug said...

Ali, I am so glad that you posted! I didn't know if you blogged alot, you should do it more often, I love catching up with old friends. That is great that you at least ran, my goal is to get up off of my butt and try to run a 5K, good for you! I am sorry that you hurt your knee, I hope that it gets better soon! Keep in touch! ~Natbug

Elisha said...

Way to go! And you look cute at the end... I'm running the Race for the Cure this weekend and I can promise I won't look that cute, and I only have to do a fourth of what you did! And both my knees bend. Take care of yourself!

Brett and Meredith said...

Way to go, Ali! You are amazing...I get tired if I just run to the end of my driveway! I can't believe you did it with your knee injury, too. Great Job!

Christen said...

You are SO awesome, Ali!!! I cannot believe you did that with that injury - crazy. I miss you so much!

kOrTnI said...

Congrats!!! Good for you!! I bet it was such an incredible experience and feeling to cross that finish line! Congrats!!

gunnarson said...

Ali! Cute pics! Sad about your knee though... good for you for going all the way! I just saw that you went to Dancing With the Stars Live! Haha... us too! Love it!

JAG said...

Hey I stumbled across your blog by Googling mine and my husband's name. We're Jed and Ali, too. How random is that? Neither are very common names... And to top it off, we live in Utah too. And we went to Disney this year too. Crazy, huh? :)

Richins Family said...

HOORAY I FOUND YOU GUYS!! we miss you! it was so great to hear from jed the other day! i know Brett misses him a lot! um speaking of your race.... you are amazing! im so impressed! running is my enemy (by choice ha ha) I cant believe you ran injured! Way to go!