Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Crossing the finish line.

I promise, this is the last of the NYC marathon pictures.

Crossing the finish line. Top picture taken by me, bottom picture taken by the marathon people. If you look closely at the bottom picture, you can see me holding up the camera.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A few NYC Marathon Pics

Allison and I on the big screen.

Running through the streets of NY.

New York City Marathon, check!

Allison and I laying on the cot in the medical tent.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

NYC Marathon Race Report - 23,705th place

What a great, fun race. I think the biggest race I had done before was one with a few hundred people. This one had 38,009 people! My finish time was: 4:38:17. Click the link and put in Hardman or F9700 to see all the stats. I was plenty happy with that time. Sorry there are no pictures from the race yet, I used a regular camera, not my digital. I will scan pictures when I get them. In the meantime, there are race pictures here.

Here's the story...

We arrived at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island 2 hours before race time along with 40,000+ other people. What a sight! It was wall to wall people. The weather was perfect, cool and sunny. The people were pigs and left wall to wall trash. Sad.

We started the race running by running up the Verazanno Narrows Bridge. We ran across 4 other bridges and through 5 boroughs of Manhattan. The race ended in Central Park. All along the way people stood on the side of the road and helicopters flew overhead. Sometimes the people were 3 and 4 rows deep! Allison made us name tags and people cheered for us by name for the entire 4 hours and 38 minutes. I have never felt more like a superstar in my life!!! Here's a link to a video in case you're interested. The volunteers were incredible from start to finish. They were encouraging and friendly. Amazing!

It was awesome to see people who had many hurdles in life to get over running in this marathon. People were running for cancer, MS and other diseases. I saw a man with 2 prosthetic legs and another with one prosthetic leg. There was a guy in a wheelchair shuffling backwards up a gentle incline. These people were so inspirational!

Appreciate what you've got. Do more with yourself. Live healthy. Exercise. Help others.

If a guy with 2 prosthetic legs can run a marathon, you can do many things you dream of doing too. Baby steps will get you where you dream of going.

I ended the race happy and tired. I was fortunate to run with Allison for the entire race. It was great going on the journey from just working out at the gym 3 years ago to running a half marathon to running the NYC marathon with Allison! She's a wonderful friend and an inspiration to me.

I followed my hydration, food and medication plan through out the race. I ate enough and drank as much as possible (it was not enough). I did not plan to take enough steroids. Wanda, you were right. We crossed the finish line and I nearly passed out. I laid on the disgusting ground and was promptly picked up by 2 medical people and dragged to the medical tent. I took 10 mg of HC and ate some salt, within 20 minutes I was back on my feet. We took the subway and train back to NJ were Donna and her mom Nancy threw us a nice little party (picture below).

It was a wonderful day that I will never forget! Thanks to everyone for the support through emails, phone calls, notes, Hope Oasis, etc!!!

New Jersey Trip

Oh my gosh. What an amazingly great experience!!!!!!! Below are the pictures from the travels, pre and post race pictures. I will make a separate post of the race report. I don't expect anyone to want to read what's below, or anything that I write for that matter!!! I do hope you enjoy the pictures though!

The entire trip was very, very good. All of the travel went smoothly.

Allison and I started our trip out with a little bit of wine! What better way to start a vacation?

Donna picked us up at Newark

We stayed with Donna in New Jersey and visited with her mom, Nancy.

At the Radburn train station with Nancy C and Allison. We took the train to Expo to pick up our race numbers and try to get free stuff. Both Nancy and Allison are grandmothers, can you believe that?!?!?! They both look amazing!!!

See the tail lights in the distance? We saw an impressive parade of police cars. I wasn't able to pull the camera out fast enough to take a better picture.

Me picking up my race packet at the Expo at the Jake Javitz Convention center.

I discuss Addison's with the "Medical Captain" at the Expo. Allison reminds me to ask all of the questions I need to ask. She's much smarter than I am!

This is the finish line of the NYC Marathon the day before the race.

Post race celebrations with Allison, Donna, Nancy (Donna's mom) and me. See our finishers medals!!!!