The Color Run and Dealing with Pain

It has been a while since I have last posted.  I have honestly debated if I wanted to write about running but decided I would continue at least till I complete my first full marathon.  This is a great way for me to document my journey and it allows my family to see what is going on in my life.  99% of my family members live out of the state of Florida.  During the holidays it really makes me miss everyone.  I wish I could be closer but they live literally all over the world.

A few weeks ago, my mom and the girls headed to St. Pete for The Color Run.  It was Naomi’s first 5k and I was so proud of her.  She did amazing.  This is a fun run and would be great for any beginner.  The best part is that it is not timed!  I left my Garmin at home and did not worry one bit about the time.  I just wanted to have fun with the girls.  I do not like to get messy so I stayed in the middle of the color zones.  As you can see in the pictures the girls LOVED getting paint all over them.  My husband drove us and treated us to IHOP after the event.  People were giving us weird looks because we looked a mess!  We were so hungry that I did not even care what I looked like.

The past couple of weeks have been hard because I have been having major pain when I run.  I have been working so hard and now the marathon is three weeks away and I can not even run.  Last Saturday I went for a 20 mile run and had to start walking at mile 16.  Once I reached the 19.25 mile mark, my husband picked me up.  I was mentally and physically exhausted.  The feeling was so terrible I just had to lay down for an hour or two.  The Dr. says the pain I am experiencing it called Iliotiobial Band Syndrome.  Basically I have inflammation and pain on the outer side of my knee.  I will start physical Therapy on the 31st.  Hopefully it will be enough to help me get through the marathon.  I was hoping to finish in 4.5 hours but now I am praying I will make it across the finish line.

I know if it is the Lord’s will for me to complete the marathon, He will give me what I need to get through it.  I am thankful that my husband will be there for me that day.  I feel guilty that he will be waiting a really long time for me to finish but he is an amazing husband and I am so blessed to have him.

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