if only my feet weren't so blisteringly sore. Thank you to everyone who sent me positive vibes, crossed their fingers, offered encouragement, and volunteered to do the race with me next year (yes, Cathy, I'm talking about you!). I'll write a longer post in the next day or so giving a step-by-step accounting of myself but, for now, here are the highlights.
Yes, I finished the race! In 2:17, according to my Garmin. No idea what my official time is, as it isn't on the website yet and I couldn't find my name on the list of times that was posted after the race. On the one hand, I'm thrilled with my time. I would have been happy with anything under 2:30 and, based on my training runs, was expecting to come in around 2:20. On the other hand, I was on track for sub-2:10 until I had to stop, stretch, walk, and then reduce my speed at mile 11 following major grumbling from my calf.
My legs feel amazingly okay tonight, aside from some residual stiffness in my calf/hamstring tendon. I had a 15 minute massage after the race to loosen my calf, and the massage therapist thought that it was just tight as opposed to being injured. Whew. It'll be interesting to see how it feels tomorrow. Fortunately, I'm seeing Adam then for a post-race massage, which I am expecting to be soothing rather than something designed to make me cry.
My main source of pain tonight is from the blisters (which are under the callouses) on the outside of my big toes. I have no idea why I've suddenly started getting blisters, although Chi Running would suggest that this is because my lower legs are still too stiff and I'm pushing off with my toes rather than just letting my foot float up behind me. Aside from non-floating feet, however, I think that I maintained my form pretty well through most of the race. I felt very Chi.
I wouldn't say that it was easy but, aside from the last two miles, I really enjoyed myself and I am now feeling cautiously optimistic for London. 188 days to go.