|I could not have done it without THESE PEOPLE.|
In the meantime, my thoughts...
I will definitely do it again! I knew it immediately. Probably not next year, because I have other big plans for 2013, but now I have a time to beat.
I will definitely participate in another TNT event! The entire experience, from training through race day, was amazing, inspiring, and unmatched. I would encourage anyone and everyone to do at least one event with TNT, and defy anyone to say afterwards it didn't change your life! GO TEAM!!!
Endurance events require support. Not having support makes it much harder to train for and complete the event without losing sleep, sanity, and quite possibly half your hair. As a single mom, I totally underestimated this and in the future I will definitely make sure that I have solid strategies in place so that life runs more smoothly throughout the process.
I am stronger than the fat bitch in my head. That said, I will not do another endurance event at this weight.
Seeing my teenagers sob like babies at the finish line and hearing them tell me how proud they are of me was worth every. single. moment of pain, frustration, doubt, fear, and insecurity. I am incredibly proud of myself for showing them what I am capable of and in turn, hopefully, that they, too, are capable of accomplishing anything they set their minds to.
I may have a stress fracture. This makes me cry. By Tuesday, I was feeling really great except for lingering pain at the base of my right shin which started Sunday night after the race. Today, it is still painful and swollen, so I will probably end up going to the orthopedist on my day off next week. I didn't have any problems whatsoever with my shins during training, so this was very unexpected! Fingers crossed!!!
Finally (for now), a big, huge, ginormous THANK YOU to everyone who supported me, encouraged me, believed in me, babysat for me, coached me, ran with me, motivated me, inspired me, and pushed me. I could not have done this without you.