Sunday, May 31, 2009

the only thing that doesn't hurt is my left nostril

Margaret, Charlie and I successfully completed the Rock n' Roll marathon, today. As Charlie would say, all three of us propelled ourselves in a forward direction for a total of 26.2 miles. And, we were off the race course within seven hours.

(It's important to note that my official chip time for completing the marathon was LESS than the race time that is shown on the finish clock. Due to the tens of thousands of people that participated, it took us almost 20 minutes to get to the start line. )

Charlie is a superstar stud. Not only did he run a marathon today, he came home and after cracking open a beer, primarily led the charge of getting four children fed and in to bed. My job was to figure out what we were going to eat for dinner. When I suggested uncooked rice because I was too tired to lift a pot on to the stove to cook, he ran out to pick up Mexican food.

In a moment, he will return from picking up dinner from our favorite Mexican restaurant. And after I take two bites of a burrito, I fully anticipate I will fall asleep and wake up sometime next week. Until then, get a load of my fuzzy (in more ways than one) right toe...

What you can't see is the purple nail that will probably fall off within the next few days. If a blister the size of nickel and purple toenails aren't evidence that I just COMPLETED a marathon, I don't know what is.

(Actually, I received a medal, too.)

Boo-yah!

62 comments:

  1. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. That blister is crazy! You probably will lose that toenail -- sorry! Take care and job well done!

    Steph A

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS to all 3 of you! What a feat, ignore the pun please.

    Here's too fast recovery for your poor, poor abused feet and a hooray for the accomplishment.

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  3. Way to go, Jen! You're my hero!

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  4. That is SO awesome...congratulations to you, Charlie, and Margaret! You guys have truly been an inspiration. I was thinking about your team today and am glad to hear that everyone completed the marathon. Way to go!

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  5. Congratulations!!! You guys are AWESOME!

    Sleep well! :-)

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  6. Way to go, Jen!! Couldn't be more proud of you and the team (C & M)! :)

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  7. Great job on the marathon! I just did my second in Dec...it took 4 months for my toenails to fall off! :) Just get a good pedicure with a pretty color! That blister looks painful!

    Awesome job!

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  8. You're amazing! Congratulations.

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  9. Let me be the first to say

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All 3 of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Holy cow that blisters huge! Great job!

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  11. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

    Three cheers to each of you!

    FYI, my aunt was DX with rec.tal cancer and is heading out to MD Anderson in a week or two and I may fly out there with her. She's going there for her 3rd opinion before deciding on the best treatment plan. I told her "I have a friend who has a friend who was told to basically go home and die. Instead she went to MD Anderson where she is still FIGHTING 3 months LATER!" This is her 2nd battle with cancer. She's a 15 yr bre.ast cancer survivor at 41 when she got this bad news a few weeks ago. I'm praying for Deana and my Aunt K and the millions of others fighting this disease.

    WTG Margaret, Charlie, and Jen! If you didn't know it already, Y'ALL ROCK!

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  12. boo-yah is right! i am so proud of you! you did it! you really did it. I don't care if you walked, crawled, were carried, or whatever it was that propelled yourself forward for almost 7 hours...you made it. And not only did you make it but you made a significant impact for cancer research and that is awesome! Way to go!

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  13. YYYEEEEEEEHHHHHHAAAAAWWW! Congratulations stud! And, so I totally prayed for you this morning (AK Time) at church!

    You (and your team) are awesome, and seriously make me want to do something too...so I'm gonna. I don't know what yet, but I'm gonna do SOMETHING waaay up here above the Arctic Circle. Something.

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  14. You are FANTASTIC!! I can't run 4 miles without wanting to throw up! And I certainly would not have had the energy to lift my arms up and take a photo of the finish line! You are truly AMAZING!!!
    Well done!
    Kathryn from Jakarta

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  15. Congrats to all three of you for a job well done. I knew that you would succeed.
    Peg O.

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  16. so the right nostril isn't feeling so hot? haha

    CONGRATULATIONS! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! WHAT AN AMAZING THING YOU HAVE DONE! GOOD JOB! ALSO, I HOPE YOU FEEL LESS TIRED SOME TIME SOON!

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  17. Michelle M in TX6/1/09, 6:50 AM

    Congratulations! You did it! Good job. Sorry about the toenails and blister. Ouch. Well done on the marathon.

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS! What an accomplishment.

    And that blister is gross.

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  19. From "Wicked Pissah" jogging around a track in a bike helmet to "Marathon Athlete"... you've come a long way baby!
    Congratulations!

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  20. Jen, Charlie and Margaret - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You rock!
    And Jen, stay off your foot, will ya? It looks oh so painful! Linda

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  21. Wooooohoooo! Congratulations Jen! That's a huge accomplishment!

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  22. Wow. You truly are amazing...

    And that blister is impressive.

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  23. You are BOTH rockstars! And Margaret too! Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration to get off the couch.

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  24. Yay! You made it! Now you can look forward to the next one.

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  25. Congratulations you ROCK STAR! Thanks for the close up on your nasty foot. I believe! I believe!

    You guys totally rcck!

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  26. That is unbelievable! I'm completely impressed with the undertaking, but the fact that you actually finished it...as the mother of four children, no less...is fantastic.
    Best wishes on the toenail :)

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  27. YES! YOU GUYS RULE! SO PROUD OF ALL 3 OF YOU! HECK, YEAH, I'M YELLING! WOOOO-HOOOOO!

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  28. Whoo hoo!! You did it!!! Congratulations!

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  29. Congrats! I have been monitoring the blog to make sure you all lived! You guys got great weather yesterday for a marathon - surely that helped out tons too.

    OK - congrats to all of you. What a great thing you have done!

    Jessica

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  30. Congratulations! I rarely post, but try to read your blog on a monthly (or so) basis. I just caught up this weekend. I am from Carolyn's and am so happy that you were able to accomplish this, and for Deana and others fighting.

    Deborah
    Venice, CA

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  31. Congratulations!!! It's so awesome that you guys completed the marathon! Very impressive, as is that blister.

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  32. Congratulations!! That blister look bad! What a great accomplishment!

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  33. Congratulations on finishing Jen! I'm proud of you and I don't even know you. LOL!

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  34. Wow!!! All three of you are superheroes. For so many reasons. For all the hope you give to so many people...and for accomplishing your own personal goals.

    So..."never again!" or "can't wait til the next one!"???

    Congratulations to all of you!!!

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  35. First things first: CONGRATS! I am excited for and proud of you (all 3 of you!) What an amazing accomplishment and for such a just cause!

    Secondly: that blister... EWWWWWW. Although I shouldn't say too much... I am sure I will have my fair share come Oct ;~)

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  36. SHE IS ALIVE!!!! I am so happy for you....all three of you! What a great accomplishment. Do I see a Mount Everest climb in your future??? Kmaybenot!

    Thanks for posting I know it hurt to do so. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  37. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! That blister rocks!

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  38. GREAT JOB you three! What an amazing accomplishment in so many ways. I'm in awe.

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  39. I have been waiting with bated breath to hear if you survived ;) CONGRATULATIONS. Really proud of you :)

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  40. Congratufu@kenlations! I guess I don't need to know "what's in you." It must be so empowering...

    I swim with a group two nights a week and several of them are training for triathalons. I don't because I can't imagine all of that running.

    You are AMAZING.

    Love,
    Tracy B
    Los Angeles

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  41. Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment and you now deserve lots of rest and relaxation. Maybe the kids will let you take that.

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  42. Congratulations, what an amazing group you three are!!!!!!

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  43. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is an amazing achievement and you guys should all be extremely proud of yourselves.

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  44. WAY TO GO! Good for you. I honestly don't know how you did it.

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  45. I had no doubt that the three of you would finish, but still that is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope that you are getting to rest those feet of yours (and the rest of your body).

    What is the greatest accomplishment is the amount of money that was raised, woohoo! That is truly an inspiration to show what can happen when one person starts rolling the ball, you are such an inspiration.
    Kathy

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  46. Hurrah for all 3 of you! You should be very proud of yourselves!

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  47. Hooray! So proud of you! That's wonderful. (Wow, get better soon, toe.)

    (I'm just a random person that's been following your blog because it's so interesting and you and your kids are very entertaining, but I had to actually comment to say Hooray!!)

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  48. WTG Jen and Charlie!!!! WHoooo hoooo

    An article in the NYTimes says run/walking is better for you

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/health/02well.html?_r=1&em

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  49. Congratulations!
    Are you still sleeping? Hope you're recovering ok.
    Stacey in FL

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  50. Congratulations!
    Way to go!
    You are awesome!

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  51. whoaaaaazaaaaaaaa! you need to rename your blog the Amazing Peeps!
    Congrats and well done!
    Now about the next baby.....?
    Ruth

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  52. You inspired me to run as well!!! I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon a month ago and ran 15 miles with a friend on Sunday ... I think my feet already look like yours. WHAT WILL I do after 26.2 miles? LOVE the marathong ;) I think it's GREAT that you did this ... your pics give me the chills!

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  53. GREAT JOB!
    OMG that blister looks seriously painful.

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  54. Congratulations to you, Charlie and Margaret! You are a true inspiration!

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  55. Congratulations Jen, Margaret & Charlie. The fact that your training was well shall we say a little less than it should have been, you all did a fabulous job finishing that race! You should be very proud and I notice the lack of communication since this post!!! You must be hurting so badly!!! Hang in there, it does get better with each passing day.
    Denise xx

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  56. Okay seriously are you alive?! You're worrying me here. No post! I hope you are okay and that everything is beginning to come back together and you don't have to crawl everywhere anymore :) Hang in there.

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  57. AWESOME! You are an inspiration. Congrats on reaching your goal.

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  58. Congratulations! Battle scars to boot. I am sorry about that blister, yikes. Good job! I'm very proud of you guys and proud to have supported your cause!

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  59. Way to go, Jen! I'm so proud!
    ***Clang clang clang*** (that's my cow bell!)
    I promise, if you're crazy enough to do another marathon, I will be crazy enough to consider joining you. My only request is that it's somewhere fun...=)
    My hubby went out running last night for the first time in like A YEAR and cranked out 4m in 27 minutes. SO not fair! Now he's claiming he's going to join me on my 10k in Sept. Lord help me, I really want to sabatoge him...
    Seriously, though, Jen...GREAT JOB! I totally knew you'd be able to finish! Never a doubt in my mind.

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