• Location: Minneapolis, MN
• Date: October 5, 2014
• Official Time: 3:36:00 (8:14 pace)
• Division Place: 293 out of 966
• Gender Place: 1,165 out of 4,856
• Overall Place: 1,479 out of 8,853
• Official Results
Happy to finish at TCM
Posted on October 6, 2014
People often say running a marathon is a true test of the human spirit. Finishing a marathon is a miraculous feat, even if the athlete is in top condition.
For me, finishing the 33rd Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon yesterday was nothing short of a miracle.
I have been struggling with IT band syndrome in my right leg since April. Running only 4-6 times a week during training months, I was never able to get in as many miles as I wanted to. My longest training run was only 16 miles. On top of that, two weeks before the race, my achilles tendon began to hurt. The pain was a result of wearing a knee brace, which I hoped would help with the knee pain I was experiencing from IT band syndrome. Not only did the brace not help, it made my physical condition worse as it caused me to overcorrect my gait, putting an unnatural amount of stress on my right achilles.
Injury-riddled, I made the best out of the situation. I started focusing on stretching and cross training in hopes I could get the inflammation in my knee to calm down and still make it through the marathon.