GUESS WHAT?! I DID IT!!!!! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
I DID IT FOR YOU, LIV!
I am completely beyond exhausted after waking up at 2:20am (after 1 hour of sleep last night) and conquering the Great Wall, but I’m also feeling really incredible and still coming down from my crazy runner’s high that has lasted all day. Endorphins overload! I feel awesome. I completed the race without any tripping or falling whatsoever. Considering I have no depth perception (literally - I cannot see the difference between a step and flat ground due to a visual impairment - I rely solely on shadows and past experience), the fact that I managed to run a race almost exclusively on steps kind of blows my mind. I tested my limits, that's for sure. I also managed not to walk! (Except for some parts on the Wall where it was necessary to side steps or crawl up/down jagged steps).
It’s only 6pm, eek, but before I crash for the night and devour my second carb-full dinner, I just need to say a few words...
First, thank you for all of your tremendous support and for believing in me. This race was by far the most challenging thing I have EVER completed, and I could not have done it without your encouragement. More importantly, thank you for helping me honor my sister, Liv. I am proud to announce that I have more than quadrupled my fundraising goal of $1000 and ultimately raised $4536 for mitochondrial disease research. Go #TeamLiv! I could not be more grateful for all of your generous contributions. The love you have shown for my sister really means the world to me, and I know she appreciates it too.
I have posted the photos I took during the race in chronological order below in order to help you truly experience the race in my shoes (more like dirty, smelly, sweaty sneakers). ENJOY!
The next adventure marathon on my bucket list - The Polar Circle Marathon October 2018. Anyone in? #TestYourLimits.