• relativevirtues

    Amazing, inspiring, hysterical…

    Congrats again for doing something that most people would consider impossible.

  • JessicaM

    I still can’t believe you gutted that one out, Heather. I think if I had been you, when I hit the Queensboro bridge, I would have been like “hey, look…there’s the subway. I’ll be taking that two stops to Fifth Avenue and meeting everyone at the end.”

    Please train properly for the next one. I haven’t birthed a baby (so I can’t vouch for the comparison), but I can assure you that a properly trained for marathon feels AWESOME (and not just because you stop moving at the end). It feels like you conquered the race, instead of surviving it.

  • tokenblogger


    You did it for yourself and to promote a charity.

    I’d a done it just for the medal.

  • LyzL


    Now I want to do one. Dammit.

  • Jamie Elizabeth

    You know, I have birthed a baby unmedicated (a 9.6lb baby!) and I would rather do that 5 more times than run a damn marathon.
    I’m in awe of you for getting through it.

  • Steph Bachman

    : ) So happy for you.

    And, I think a marathon always hurts at some point (hopefully way later than mile 14!), but in the way that you know childbirth will hurt and are ready for it instead of being assaulted by it and thinking you are about to die.

  • santa barbara

    You’re ready to go running after antelope with Scott Carrier!

  • mybottlesup

    “Wipe the puke off of your chin and finish this post.”

    Can I request a print of this to hang over my desk for when I’m blogging?

    (Congratulations. Ya done good.)

  • dooce

    @santa barbara, I just read about him! Antelope chasing is next!

  • MyNameIsRyan

    I woke up this morning and ran around the neighborhood. Im trying to convince myself to go after my life long dream of becoming an underwear model. That was a joke, really I’m just in terrible shape and feel like crap. Amazing how terrible a person can be at the first day of running, but I promise you this, every single time I wanted to quit, I kept saying: Heather ran a marathon on a collapsing ankle after like 4 months of training– keep going you wimp. It really helped.

    Crazy inspirational, thank you.

  • kristanhoffman

    I’m not gonna lie, I actually laughed out loud (not just typed it with a smile on my face) at the second to last paragraph about when you crossed the finish line. I SO want to see that video.

    Also, I SO never want to run a marathon. Mad props to you!

  • JaimeBlogers

    Best thing I’ve read in a LOONG time. THANK YOU!

  • Pixie

    You are one hell of a woman Heather. So, when are you starting to train for the 2012′s NYC Marathon?

  • Missybeme

    Way to go Heather!

    I’m almost sorry I read this…I’ve signed up for a 60 mile three day walk next October to benefit breast cancer. I’m imagining the last day to have the same conversation in my head! All for a good cause!

  • slappyintheface

    I completely understand why you did it. Personally I would only run if being chased by zombie clown bears, but I do understand why people run marathons.

  • haynic

    Found it. http://www2.brightroom.com/82760/50891 :)

    Am I smited now?

    I ran my first half-marathon in April. (The Nashville RnR is awesome, btw, if you’re looking for a new one.) In my finish line video (which I wasn’t aware of until after doing something dumb), I’m doing a stupid jig and the girl on the other side of the finish line literally collapses (as medics rush to help her) at the same time I’m dancing like a boneless idiot. Your drunken stumble’s not so bad.

    Congrats. 13.1 is plenty for me; dunno how anyone goes 13.1 more.

  • anya

    You did something I would never in a million years even think of doing. You RAN. A lot. And here I am sitting reading this (2 babies pushed with the help of that sweet, sweet epidural) saying: Good on ya! You should be proud of yourself. You are crazy for doing this, but hey – I bet you already knew this. Pretty much nothing you can’t do, is there? It’s not a challenge, by the way. Get some rest :)

  • yoheathero

    This is, by far, one of your funniest posts to date, and I think I have read them all. Good for you, girlfriend!

  • sweetpotatopie

    I’m so impressed that you did it after training for only two months. That is inSANE.

    But isn’t it the most incredible, empowering experience ever?? I assure you that after natural childbirth I did NOT yell “I can’t wait to do this again!!” like I did after crossing that finish line.

    Good job, Heather. So proud of you!

  • luv and kiwi

    You need to pimp that medal like a rapper would.

  • MadelaK

    Heather, you’re amazing! You have truly inspired me…to run the 3 mile loop by my house.

  • Moomser

    I am equal parts in awe of you and appalled that anyone would do something as painful as childbirth without the baby at the end. Although, my husband, who’s recovering from two bone marrow transplants (leukemia) wants to run the NYC marathon as soon as he’s been cancer free for two years. I may have to do it with him… if I’m not pregnant… and you know I’ll try and be pregnant.
    Good job! (though I still think you’re a bit crazy, tenacious, but crazy) ;-)

  • JessicaM

    You know, @Moomser, being pregnant isn’t (necessarily) a deterrent from running a marathon. I know several women who ran marathons well into their second trimester (with doctor approval, of course. They had been running regularly for years and were in great shape, low-risk, etc.).

    Then there’s the woman who ran the Chicago Marathon this year THIRTY NINE weeks along, and went into labor after she finished: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/8136835-418/woman-gives-birth-after-running-chicago-marathon.html

  • kdw

    Your body prepared for 10 months to deliver the bambino… as you mentioned, you didn’t have enough training for your marathon. It sounds like it was extremely painful, but better preparation would have helped you avoid the race trauma.
    Hope you can still enjoy running as it is a mystical experience when you propel down the road…and sometimes FUN!

  • Cinnamongrl

    This took me back to last year, when I ran my first marathon. Injuries took me out of the race every year, until I finally said, “To hell with it.” and decided to run in spite of things not being 100%.

    My hip clicked for weeks after that race (I was only 32), and I pretty much wanted to die at mile 18, but damn dude. I did it. Then I did it again, last month with no injuries with a 32 minute PR. You’ll do it again, haha… can’t wait to hear about it!

    Congratulations. :)

  • zeegirl602

    OMG, Heather, your description of the last couple miles and wanting to punch every spectator that yelled “keep going!” and “You can do it!” SO brought me right back to my first (and last) marathon! I wanted to smack everyone cheering in the crowd and tell them to just SHUT IT ALREADY, I’M GOING AS FAST AS I CAN!!

    Sigh. :)

    It’s so funny how the brain works (or, uh, doesn’t work) when you’ve been running for that far and that long.

    Congrats on your accomplishment!

  • lynndog

    Congratulations! I finished my first one last spring and definitely thought I was either going to Ugly Cry after the finish line, or vomit. Groaning is totally allowed :)

  • JetLime

    Wow, amazing, hilarious and full of (very painful) feeling account of something that sounds rather impossible to me but you’ve done it and I am truly impressed! And let’s not forget the great cause!
    Congratulations, I hope you have fully recovered by now. If I were you I’d be mad to run another step in my life but knowing you I am really looking forward to reading about your next marathon ;)

  • bawb23

    Does it bother anyone else that the 2011 on that medal is off center? Did I miss a graphic design meme?

  • Cera

    I honestly cannot believe your grit. I have run several marathons (including NYC) AND had two unmedicated births in the last two years.

    I sorta laugh/roll my eyes every time you bring up the “unmedicated birth” thing again because you’ve gotten so much mileage out of it — and because it was your second birth, which is generally vastly easier and faster than an unmedicated birth with a first child.

    But you really showed me with your marathon success. Great result, great time, crazy spirit. I hope your body recovers quickly. Congrats on such a huge accomplishment.

  • Indigo

    Heather, congrats again on running the marathon! You beat my boyfriend’s finish time by one minute and I’ve explained to him repeatedly that this means he is NOT the valedictorian of marathons.

    In other news, I’m having an epic meltdown today, which leaves me in the unique position to confirm that the bodyboarding video is AWESOME even when obscured by tears :)

  • Buddahkat

    In the last 4-5 years, everytime I have a running injury the insurance company sends me a letter “hearing” that it was related to an accident. Yeah, no accident. Just crazy. We are awesome there.


  • shan.h

    I for one love all of the caps..lots of heart.
    I am also going to add scrotal fungus to my everyday speech.

  • LASingleGirl

    It really is a huge accomplishment. I’ve always admired runners and their runner’s bodies but for some reason just never could become one. And I can’t believe you prepared in such a relatively short time! And with so much of everything else going on!!