SPOILER ALERT: This is an update from my previous blog post. I completed the Disney Princess Half Marathon! What an incredible day it was.
My last two weeks of training didn’t turn out as I had planned. On my 10-mile long run, exactly two weeks before the race, I experienced an excruciating pain in my right knee. After a little research, I learned that the pain was called Runner’s Knee. If you’ve never experienced it – praise God! This ailment is common among runners and causes pain around the kneecap. It can be caused by a few different things including overuse, trauma to the knee, and weaknesses in certain muscles.
Of course my first reaction was that I wouldn’t be able to run the race, so I decided to look into every cure I could possibly find. I ended up using the R.I.C.E.S method (I added the “S” and strongly recommend it.) This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and STRETCH. The day before the race, I went to Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo and had the opportunity to talk to US Olympian, Jeff Galloway who gave me a few tips for the race. I also purchased some Kinesiology Tape which you’ll see on my knees in my race photos. The tape takes the pressure off of the muscles in your problem area and reduces inflammation.
Race day was an early morning – 2 a.m. to be exact, but I was pumped and ready to go. The race started at 5:30 a.m. and I waited patiently for my running corral “L” to get to the starting line. The energy was insane! As I crossed the starting line I began using Jeff Galloway’s 15/15 method (run 15 seconds, walk 15 seconds), in hopes that it would save me from knee pain. Around the 3rd mile though, I started feeling pain in my right knee. I really thought the only way I’d be crossing that finish line was on the back of a golf cart. On a side note, although Jeff’s method and the KT Tape didn’t completely stop my pain, I can’t imagine how bad it would have been had I not used them, keeping in mind that the week before I couldn’t even run a mile without excruciating pain.
Seeing all the women running along side me was so encouraging. Every time my pain felt like it was too much, I was motivated by someone yelling, “We’re almost there!” or people and of course Disney characters cheering us on. What motivated me the most though, was seeing my parents in the crowd, the two people who believed in me from day one. I am also still in amazement of God’s presence throughout the whole race, pushing me through and giving me relief from pain at points in the race when I needed it most – I spent quite a few of the 13 miles in prayer. Although my finish time was no where near what I had trained for, I am so thankful that I was even able to finish.
Crossing the finish line was one of the coolest moments of my life. As thousands of people cheered in the stands, I couldn’t help but think of the obstacles God carried me through to get to that point, as well as all the women that ran along side me. All of us have obstacles and a story, our journeys may be different, but the will to overcome is all the same. I’d love to hear some things that you have overcome, please share in the comments below.
I’d also like to thank everyone who encouraged me, prayed for me, gave me advice or just believed in me throughout this whole process. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for all of your support. God bless!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Photography provided by K Davis Photography