“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” said intrepid Nicole M. as she muses over her Mississauga Marathon experience that raised $3705 for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada. Well, we think she did pretty darn great, despite facing wind, hills, the ever-present threat of soiling herself, and a stretch goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon by getting a time under 3:40.
In her own words, at the last few km of the Marathon:
“My legs were honestly toast at this point. I was taking mini-30s walking breaks now, full on stealing the cookie right in front of Peter. I was almost begging him, “Just 30 seconds.” And I would watch my watch diligently and then go. The problem was, we were also walking through water stations and my walks were ill-timed. I’d walk and then 30-45s later we’d be at a station. “Look,” said Peter, “I’m not having the best day either.” Then the wind blasted us and we kinda laughed together at it all. Ain’t no one was looking at watches any longer.
|photo from Elaine|
There is Phil and Elaine and Phil jumps in, “Let’s go a**-kicker, let’s go!!!” I’m crying, I’m laughing. My LEGS HURT SO MUCH. But I won’t stop running. All of a sudden, Phil’s gone and I tell Peter, “We’re holding hands over the line. I don’t care about anything else.” “Yep,” says Peter. Let’s get this done.”
We couldn’t be more proud of Nicole and her phenomenal achievement. For it is only the strongest people that can achieve so much, even when we hurt so bad.