I'm still amazed that I actually finished. Throughout my Chicago Marathon journey there were times where I just wanted to give up. Not because I was tired, but because I could not feel my calves or quads.
I started out feeling great. I was running with the Nike 3:50 pace group and felt like I was on top of the world. I went through mile 1 through 14 perfectly fine. Random people were cheering me on and giving out food (woohoo). Nothing could be going wrong until the dreaded mile 15.
I ended up starting to fall back, because of the aches in my quads and calves. I felt like I had no sensation in my legs at all and I stopped to stretch a little. Hoping that it would help out, it didn't.. I decided to stop by an aid station at mile 16 to see if they could help relax my muscle. The RN told me to take a deep breath and let him do all the stretching (and I did). I could tell you that it was the best feeling ever. I started to get a sense of feel back in my legs and I was off. Sadly the next few miles my calves, quads, and legs started to get the numb sensation once gain.
The next several miles I decided to stop at a few aid stations to get the same massage, since my legs could barely move. Although the massages helped for a few miles, I was way behind schedule. I pushed through the last two miles as hard I could to finish. I thought my legs were going to fall apart. Thankfully I was able to finish.
I give tons of props to everyone who has ran or going to run a marathon. It is one difficult task for sure and I'm glad that I'm able to mark it off my bucket list. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my Chicago Marathon journey. To all of my donators, spectators, and family you guys are the best and once again THANKS. Harley Helping Hands members were able to raise over $35,000 for brain cancer awareness. I couldn't have done it without you guys.