It was so much fun to do this walk and not near as boring or hard as either of us were expecting. Yes, it was hard, but what made it hard was the blisters. I trained for 15 weeks, learned how to care for my feet, and did everything I was supposed to do the day of the marathon. I wore the same socks and shoes I had worn on my long walks without incident. I didn't change my gait or pace. And yet, I still got these massive, painful blisters. It reminded me that no matter how well I plan or lay out what I want in life, I am still not in control. I can train, take precautions, and still things are not always going to go the way I want. And yet, I have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Lately I have been feeling like I am never going to finish my dissertation. I feel like I'm at mile 22 and a blister has popped and I want to quit. I know I have to keep moving and that if I do so I can finish jogging. But, right now it really hurts and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to finish it, but I know my mom can't carry me so I've got to keep going one step at a time as fast as I am able.
I am still in a little state of disbelief that I actually completed a marathon, but I did! We did! And I am so grateful to have had the health and ability to do so and even more grateful to have done it with my mom! I'm hoping after the next two months I can say the same about my dissertation.