Friday, May 7, 2010

My First Marathon is Sunday!

Did you ever play that game “Truth or Dare” as a kid? You know the one where you either have to tell a truth about yourself or take a dare. I always chose the dare. I loved the challenge and I couldn’t stand it when someone told me I couldn’t do something. I hate the words “I can’t”.

Six months ago, I was cleared to start marathon training again about a month after my pulmonary embolism. My first run was only one mile and it took me 13 minutes. What the heck; I had just completed my first 20 miler a little over a month before, what is going on? My lung capacity was shot due to tissue damage. Only 10% of PE patients experience lung damage because there is a dual supply of blood to the lungs, unfortunately I was one of the 10%. So while I was ok to start running and training again, my doctor and everyone around me thought that signing up for a spring marathon was too optimistic. I wouldn’t be ready and I certainly wouldn’t get the results that I wanted. It sounded like a dare to me.

So, I signed up for a May marathon and started training and forcing the non damaged parts of my lungs to compensate for the damaged part.

This Sunday, I will run in my first marathon. It has been a long time coming folks and I am ready. I AM READY.

I am nervous and I am scared, but I am so ready. Do I regret what happened? No, this experience has taught me a lot about myself, perseverance, humility, and gratitude. Most important, it has taught me about the kindness of other people. I have such a wonderful support group from my family, friends, and YOU.

Live each day to the fullest and learn something from each and every experience that you encounter, whether it is a good experience or a bad experience. Never pass up the opportunity to learn and grow. I DARE YOU.

32 comments:

misszippy said...

What a big journey you've had getting to the start line! I wish you a fabulous marathon experience!! Go get 'em.

HappyTrails said...

You go, girl! I am so excited and happy for you - live it and love it! Savor every moment and have FUN!!!
Kathleen

Molly said...

Just got done commenting on your last post, then I got to read a new one....great post.

I'll be thinking of you Chickie! You've got this in the bag, good luck!!!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Wow! I hope the race is everything you've imagined it to be. Congrats on getting to the start line. Now rock that 26.2!

Laurie said...

Great post. I hope your marathon experience is incredible. You've had an incredible journey getting ready for it and you are ready. You'll be awesome! Can't wait to read the report.

Slomohusky said...

Tara,

Thanks for bringing us along for the adventure. I have enjoyed each posting and can't wait to read your race report. I have sympathy on the lung issues. It was pneumonia for me. It has affected my capacity. I am your biggest Las Vegas Fan! Have a great race day! Cheers!

Erin said...

You ARE ready! I'm so excited for you! Just remember to take the first 10k easy (don't start too fast) and just enjoy the ride! Everything (mentally, physically, emotionally) changes after ~20 miles, and it's exciting/hard/memorable. I'll be thinking of you! Good luck and have FUN!

Psyche said...

You're ready- go have a blast! I'll be running, too, and thinking of you:)Can't wait to read your report.

Jamie said...

Fantastic post! I am so excited for you!!! Good luck and have fun!

Anna said...

Tara, you are truly incredible. You have earned this. You belong there! You are ready. And I know you will do AMAZING! Simply amazing.

ShutUpandRun said...

Yep I always go for the dare too. Maybe that's why I like you so much. I cannot believe how far you have come since the PE. Training like did took total guts. And you are going to be so strong and healthy and Sunday. I just know it.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Have a great first marathon experience!! Soak it all in :) Can't wait to read all about it.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I am so excited for you. Just watching your come back and knowing you'll still kick my ass is pretty amazing :) Have WONDERFUL weekend

Katie A. said...

Seriously, you have been on my mind all week and today! I am so incredibly excited for you and proud of you for getting here today! You are going to rock that race!
Run hard, run strong and ENJOY the experience. You deserve to be there and it's your victory lap!
BTW, you had better update your FB status right away when you finish! I will be on pins and needles! Huggss!

Julie said...

Hi Tara,
I am so excited for you!! You have been on this marathon quest for sometime now and it is finally time to race:) You are going to do fantastic...I just know it!! I will be thinking of you! I can't wait to hear how it goes and will be waiting for that race report:) Good luck to you Tara! Hugs and love:)

Keri said...

Good luck!!! I am so excited to hear all about it! I will be thinking about you on Sunday!!!!

Emz said...

I am so happy for you. I love your blog. Will certainly be thinking of you.

And.....[side note] I'd soooooo love to buy a 26.2 necklace from you!!

Jennifer said...

How cool is that! I remember when you were recovering... Your positive energy is working and now look at what's happening! Your first marathon! Have a great time and remember to smile when you run!

daysrun said...

Good luck! One key thing to remember - run your own race! Don't get caught up in the moment at the start and take off running. Stay at the pace you trained at and you'll do fine!

Whitney said...

Go you! Go you! Go you!!!

Teamarcia said...

Wow. Just wow. You are beyond inspiring and I wish you all the best this weekend! WTG!

ajh said...

You are amazing! Good for you for going after what you wanted. A first marathon is such an experience. It isn't all good but you will remember it that way!!!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

What an amazing recovery you have made. I can't believe how quickly you recovered. It's been great to track your "come back."

Yes, definitely go out slow. You are ready. Just go out and enjoy the experience.

Have some fun!
Also, thanks for the reminder to be thankful for each day we have our health.

Meg said...

TARA!!! OMG, it's already marathon time? I haven't read your blog this week and I feel so left out...I would have been pumping you full of LOVE, good thoughts and GU! I'm such a slacker blogging friend...
Anyway, I'm excited for you and you're right...you've got to live each day to it's fullest! Go BO, girl and have FUN!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your family here in Missouri is behind you all the way! Run, Tara, Run!

Char said...

What an awesome feat to be running a marathon after a pulmonary embolism, Most people would want to wrap themselves up in cotton wool. I love your attitude.

Jill said...

Go Tara, GOOOOO!!!! Btw, you owe me big time for the 5:15 wake up call. Just sayin... ;)

Marathonman101108 said...

Good for you! Is there a way to follow/stalk you while you're running?? Please remember to have fun and to take it all in. The first marathon experience is usually the best. You go girl!

Anne said...

What a great post!! You are an amazing woman and I love your attitude! Go rock it!!

kristen said...

Im so excited for you. Take it all in. Enjoy yourself. Be thankful for where you've come and where you ARE! Your gonna have a great time and I can't wait to hear all about it!

chris mcpeake said...

Have a great race and remember to have fun

Running Through Life said...

Good luck and have a great race!!!