Our three Ruston Marathoners all finished and did great in the "Windy City Marathon." Sam-who was running her first marathon finished while running with IT band problems and feet that have had bleeding blisters on them for WEEKS. She still finished in 4:41.
Susan and Sandra both finished in 4:31. Great time! Now the story is that Sandra fell 10 feet from the finish line. Poor Sandra has permanent scars on her knees from all of the falls that she has suffered. She actually has gotten MUCH better at staying on her feet, but after 26 miles-you can't even feel your legs anymore-much less know for sure if you are picking them up high enough. Anyway-she fell-do not know all the details. The story is that the volunteers came out to help her. She thought they were other runners and told them to just go on and finish-typical Sandra Fashion! Sonja's report was that they drug her across the finish line-Sandra reported that they helped her across.
She has a laceration on her head or face (don't have the whole story) that required stitches. The group spent the next few hours looking for Sandra, Sandra calling me to call them-going to wrong hospitals-and just generally stumbling around as if in the dark-well I guess they were in the dark. You cannot imagine what it is like in a crowd of tens of thousands of runners to try and reconnect with your group. This after running 26 miles and just wishing you could sink down in a hot tub somewhere and then take a LONG nap.
Sonja is back and the others are coming home today. CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR THE WAR STORIES!
GREAT JOB- SAM SANDRA & SUSAN!