Saturday, April 26, 2014


Oh yes,
I finished my first full marathon.
26.2miles = 42Km
Let me tell you the inside story:
I hit the wall between mile 19-21 and curled up on the side of the road and cryed, in pain, cramping. 
Several times. 
Could barely walk. 
Then I got back up, put water on my face and licked my face off (yes, I sweat salt). 
Found some small bags of ice on the side of the road (thank you Jesus!), 
picked it up and iced my legs.
 So at mile 21 I pretended I was just going on a 5 mile run. 
My legs started to move again, 
I looked down at the line on the road and followed that to the finish line. 
Rock on! 
Still finished in 4hours and 32min
I did it.
I am now recovering, eating, drinking water and icing my legs for the rest of the day.
(and I got sunburned...wonderful memories)


Rita C. said...

Congratulations, Dani! I'm very proud of you & your accomplishment. Few have done it, including myself, and it's worth tooting your own horn for having completed it! Rest well, my friend.

BlueClearSky Elizabeth said...

Congratulations Dani! Lots of hard work but you did it!

Kelly said...

Congratulations!!!!! I'm so happy that you did it and are alive to talk about it. LOL! It sounds grueling. I couldn't run one mile, let alone 26! I'm proud of you for making a commitment and sticking to it. That says a lot about your character. Hope you're getting some TLC from your family and feeling better now. Sleep in tomorrow if you can. You deserve it.

Lena said...

You go, girl!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

YAY you go girl!! CONGRATS!!

Andi Filante said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! OMG I'm almost crying for you!!!!! Scratch that...I AM crying for you!!! Isn't it the most incredible feeling???? I'm so happy and excited for you...CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy your accomplishment and your inability to walk down stairs for the next few days, my friend!!


NanaDiana said...

Whoooo Hooooo Honey! I am SOOOO proud of you! I knew you could do it. I can't imagine doing it but I knew YOU could!

You will be sore and achy tomorrow but it will be a small price for the victory you achieved. Hoooorayyyy!!!! xo Diana

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Congratulations! I'm very impressed!

Leslie Harris said...

I am so proud if you!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, what an accomplishment. You go girl. Congratulations!!!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Che brava!!! Complimentiiiiiii!
Un abbraccio, Mary

marie said...

wow-----am impressed you kept on-most would of quit. Proud of you, I certainly couldn't have done it(not at my age now). How good you must feel about yourself.

Tanya Runkle said...

Dani that is AMAZING!! I have never been a runner (my hubby is out running right now however) and I admire it so much. You are a rock star :)

xo, Tanya

Carla from The River said...

I am so proud of you. You are a true inspiration.
Praying you get all the rest you need.
xx oo

Carla from The River said...

I am so proud of you. You are a true inspiration.
Praying you get all the rest you need.
xx oo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
You really did it and you survived, now you can relax and start enjoying life at a different pace without excruciating cramps. Guess you got dehydrated too and that makes you cramp.
Hoping that you managed to raise some money for St. Jude as well. That after all was your goal...
A killer hug to you and chill out SUPER WOMAN!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm sure finding your motivation for the last few miles felt good but looking back in sure it feels even better knowing you reached your goal and raised money for a good cause. Now get some needed rest.

Libby said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm so proud of you. In spite of the challenges, you rose to them and overcame. To God be the glory! Beaming with joy for you. :-)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How wonderful Dani! Congrats to you♥

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh Dani! Way to go!! I'm so happy for you and've become too tough to kill! LOL! You are such an inspiration and I'm proud of you for finishing and achieving your goal! Nicely done and for such a good cause!

Cynthia said...

I'm in awe of people that run marathons. Congrats to you Dani, what an inspiration!!!!


Mindi Carwin said...

Congrats!! That is so awesome! Way to go for jumping back in and finishing strong! You are awesome and should be very proud! I am happy for you!

crisdsanchez said...

Congratulations! I have so much admiration for your strength.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! That's a really great time and I'm so proud of you. My boys ran in marathons and I ran in races, too...but never a marathon. What a wonderful accomplishment. I remember my sons would get massages after the race. It's hard on your body. Take care of yourself! Hugs!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Looks like your hitting your goals too! Proud of you!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

What an amazing accomplishment!! you did great. It would have taken me twice as long as it took you to finish. You rock! You deserve a day off. Get some aloe (the kind that's in a squirt bottle works especially well) and take it easy.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

You are awesome, Dani! I was a runner when I was a YOUNG woman, but never did 26 miles. What an accomplishment! Congratulations!


Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh I haven't been visiting in awhile
SO happy I came by today to congratulate you on such a major accomplishment Dani!!!
You go, girl !
I did the cancer walk a few years back - walked 65 kilometers in 2 days - so I get the legs cramping but what a rewarding experience - so proud of you !!!

Cristina Garay said...

Congratulations Daniela! What a great accomplishment! You're an inspiration, running a marathon is now on my to do list, thanks to you. You rock!