Sunday, May 21, 2006

Against All Odds: I Ran a Marathon Today Edition

So, I ran the marathon. My right knee hurt so badly that I can barely walk stairs today, but I made it.

My time was 5:10. Jeremy and I started really strong, running 9:30-10 minute miles for the first 10 miles or so. But then the wheels came off. At mile 15-16, it felt like someone was stabbing my knee with a knife. And Jeremy became dehydrated. The next 10 miles were hard fought, but we made it. We walked a lot, and took our time. And we finished.

My family ran with us around mile 22, and my sister, Angie, came with us all the way to the finish line. I'm really appreciated that.

I got a FINISHER shirt, a medal and a bum knee. Now, I'm a marathoner.

Thanks to everyone for reading, and posting comments and sending me postive emails. Now it's your turn to run a marathon or do something that you think you can't do.



At 12:48 PM, Blogger Kristina said...

omg you are absolutely the coolest guy in the world. I am totally in awe. And your legs look HOTT! Mm, mm, let me say it once again: too bad I'm not straight! ;^)

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Congratulations! I really wanted to be there. Unfortunately no bus would get me to Olympia before 11:00.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger OlyMarathoner said...

Paul, you rocked this run. Thanks so much for training with me this year and running the race together. It was a blast. Have you seen the significance in your race number? 262? 26-point-2? Time to start thinking about the next one...

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Brianna said...


thanks, Paul.

you rule.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Mike Kretzler said...

Congratulations! (Keep up the writing, but perhaps give your knee a rest.)

At 7:09 PM, Blogger AngelaTeske said...

Paul, I'm so proud of you!! It was so fun to run the last 4 miles with you and Jeremy, thanks :-) I'm so happy I was able to come out to see you run the marathon.

It was a great trip, thanks for showing me the beautiful state of Washington. The mountains and water are absolutely breath taking. You live in a gorgeous part of the country.

It was a blast staying with you at your apartment. You have a great place with awesome views, thanks again!!


At 8:39 PM, Blogger poor man said...

running a marathon or hanging out with my family.

you won the "better weekend" contest by a longshot.

Congratulations, my blogfriend. Now get thee to the finest brew pubs and music clubs Portland has to offer. I doubt any of the ones I went to will still be there, so it would be safe just to go to them all.

At 6:05 AM, Blogger Libby said...

Congratulations Paul!! You're so cool! And definitely an inspiration. Trying to come up with a goal for myself now.


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