I completed the No Limits Half Marathon at Texas Motor Speedway this morning. I keep going while I can. It’s getting tougher to keep at it, and it ain’t because I’m 40!
When the run started off my right foot was spasming and I had a limp. My big toe tried to go straight up while the others went under. No big deal though. I frequently have the problem with my right foot and just suck it up. I cruised along easily for about the first four miles.
Around mile four, the fun begins. I feel the tension starting to build. I know I haven’t pushed to hard and that is making breathe hard. I know it’s dystonia starting to cause spasms in my chest. It increases and then moves to my shoulders. The throbbing and spasming really suck and hit my neck. I refuse to give in. It’s about the running and conquering yourself, not quitting and sitting on the couch feeling sorry yourself. ( that will be later once I can’t run anymore).
Somewhere between mile six and seven, while trudging along, my neck pops in a way I don’t think it was supposed to. But it helped the pain start to recede a little. And after a point, the endorphins kick in and I feel ok. I mean really ok. No nagging pains at all, just running in a state of zen. This is what it’s all about!
I get a few miles to truly live without all the pains. And then we get to about mile ten and dystonia decides that those few moments of freedom were not to be allowed and to return with a vengeance. My cruising pace dropped and if you would have seen me, you would think I was not going to make it. Everything tenses over to the right and my arm starts flinging, it looks like a jog where I half drag a gimpy leg and hunch over to the right.
It was a cross between the zombie in the standard dragging his foot while chasing someone and Igor in Young Frankenstein all hunched over. I was a site to see. Several people stopped and asked if I was ok. I would explain I had a neuromuscular issue and that considering the circumstances I was doing reallly good. They would wish me luck and pass me.
The pain lasted all the way until I crossed the finish line. I didn’t beat my previous half marathon time. It was actually close to the samme time. The only part that matters is I didn’t let dystonia stop me and ran the whole thing and never broke down and walked or just sat down and gave up.