Still A Success

Date: June 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 26

It’s been a long day. I was up at 4:30 am in order to get up to Connecticut for today’s Fairfield Half Marathon.

The full recap will come tomorrow — because right now my priorities are frozen yogurt and sleep — but here’s what I’ll tell you about the 13.1 miles I ran this morning…

And we're off!

The course was hilly. Really hilly.

I can run just fine on hills. I train in Central Park and I’m no longer afraid of the Harlem Hills. But the hills I climbed up today frightened me. And they took their tolls on me and my sad quads.

The air was hot. Really hot.

This also did a number on me. There were exactly three times I stopped on the course due to a super-quick blackout. No big deal. Kind of scary though.

Done! Thank goodness!

I didn’t PR today. I didn’t even come close. My finish time was something like 1:56 or 1:57 (haven’t snagged the official results yet). Respectable? Absolutely.

But the best news? My stomach was fine!

Six medals. Cool.

The heat killed me, the hills killed me, and that whole “I’m about to pass out if I don’t stop running” thing was a little challenging, but I’m thrilled to report that the steroids seem to be working. My stomach was a non-issue today.

So I don’t need a PR or a gloriously fast time to tell me that today’s race was a success.

You’re damn right it was a success. I’m on the road to recovery!

Crohn’s Disease, I told you I’d beat you. And I’m going to beat you, whether it’s on a race course or not. You suck.

Check back tomorrow for a full recap of the race, including a little behind-the-scenes peek at all the Run For The Rabbit filming we did. Fun!

What do you want to do after you run a miserable race? Be on camera, of course.

Congratulations to all of the runners and racers this weekend. You inspire me.

26 Responses to "Still A Success"

Congrats!!!!! You are so fast. I know I always say this, but I am just really impressed.

Congrats girl! You should be so proud. I had some stomach issues of my own this weekend while running and thought of you and how impressed I am by your attitude and just how awesome you are. You are a rockstar.

So glad you made it through! I was thinking about you today. I may have done some stalking of your blog/twitter.

Congrats! I’m sorry the heat and hills took their toll, but So glad to hear that the stomach wasn’t an issue! Enjoy lots and lots of froyo!!! You deserve it!!!

I could not agree more about the fact that you don’t need a pr or a great time to win for the day. you are an inspiration. congrats

SO glad you are beating Crohns!! You are on your way to more amazing runs with few stomach problems! Congrats on finishing that hilly course is a great time!

Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you didn’t have stomach issues.

Congrats on your race! I’m glad you had no health issues!

Yay! So happy to hear that the race went well and without any stomach issues!!!

Congrats!! With everything you went through lately, be proud of this one 🙂

You’re smiling at the finish line! Woo!

You are freaking amazing!!! and SO FAST! I am super impressed at your abilities. AND with Chrohn’s no less. I bow to you.

oh man that is scary about the blackout!!

Congrats on the race! So glad your stomach was perfecto too.

You are a rockstar.

Yay for no stomach problems! Congrats, girl!

I am so glad your stomach behaved! You do not need to PR (although your time was VERY respectable, my friend!). In my book this race was a success! Congrats!

Congrats! It was hot out there today! Way to go 🙂 So glad to hear the Crohn’s wasn’t an issue. You’re an inspiration, girl!

Congrats on both your finish and your fantastic attitude about the race! You definitely don’t need to PR every race to make it a success, and I’m glad you’re able to appreciate the race despite it. Fantastic job:)

Congrats and hooray about your stomach! so glad youre feeling better.

Congratulations… Sounds like you had a fantastic run!
Glad to hear you feel better!

You inspire me! Not only are you a strong, dedicated athlete, you have the best attitude. This race was a definite success and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I love that your stomach felt good. That’s a great sign!

Great job! You run fast so that’s already established. The positive outlook is the part of marathon training to work on and you nailed it today! You are a rock star!

CONGRATS on the race and glad to hear that your stomach behaved. I feel your pain with the Fairfield Half. That is actually the FIRST long race (> 5K) that I ever ran and I too was overcome by the hills. Thank goodness I gave long runs another shot!

Nice medas!