Ponderings of Physical Therapist while Running the Go! St. Louis Marathon Relay - Legacy Physical Therapy

Ponderings of Physical Therapist while Running the Go! St. Louis Marathon Relay

So this past Sunday, I along with 3 other teammates participated in the Go! St. Louis Marathon Relay. Each one of us runs roughly 6-7 miles of the 26.2 mile course and then passes the timing chip along to the next teammate. For those of you who know me, you know that I do not and have not ever considered myself a runner. Because of this, I found my mind wondering quite often while I was struggling through my 6 miles. I recorded these musing after the race and thought others might find them interesting. Hope you enjoy. […]So this past Sunday, I along with 3 other teammates participated in the Go! St. Louis Marathon Relay. Each one of us runs roughly 6-7 miles of the 26.2 mile course and then passes the timing chip along to the next teammate. For those of you who know me, you know that I do not and have not ever considered myself a runner. Because of this, I found my mind wondering quite often while I was struggling through my 6 miles.

I recorded these musing after the race and thought others might find them interesting. Hope you enjoy.

At 5:40 in the morning: Why did I sign up to run the first leg of this race?

At the start of the race: It’s really beautiful day for a race. Six miles won’t be too bad. Surely I can run as fast as most of these people.

First mile: This isn’t too bad. I can probably run my whole 6 miles and be okay.

Second mile: Why did I think running 6 miles today was a good idea? I have never really enjoyed running, what made me think I would start now. If you have to stop and stretch it 2 miles it’s probably not going be a good race for you. Just had the people who are going to win this race pass me as I’m still in my second mile.
I can’t believe the majority of these people are going to be running 13 or 26 miles today! Look how much that lady rotates her torso. I bet her back hurts. I should give her my card.

Miles 3: Seriously I’m only halfway to my destination!
I didn’t think holy Hill was until mile six, but this sure feels like a holy hill! I appreciate running through Anheuser-Busch but not sure I like the smell of hops to motivate me while running. She really pronates her foot. I bet that she’s going to get plantar fasciitis. He really wiggles his hip side to side I wonder he has IT band issues. I walk faster than some of these people run, maybe I should just try walking this thing.

Mile 4: I get to see the person who most likely going to finish last and it reinvigorate me to keep running because I’m sure as hell going to beat him.
Really wish the first leg wasn’t so much of an out and back run. It is no fun seeing how far I have to go back.

Mile 5:   Look how much that lady adducts and medially rotates her femur. I bet that her knee really hurts.
I wonder where we can go get breakfast after the race because that sounds like a really good idea right now.

Mile 6: I am very happy for the shade and the crosswind provided by the buildings in downtown St. Louis it’s going to be hot today. I am very happy that I am just about finished running especially when I hear them start announcing to get to the left for relay station!! Yes, I see Megan, I am almost done running!!! Living on a Prayer makes a great motivational song when you’re almost finished running!!

So there it is. The mad ramblings of a physical therapist while running! Hope you enjoyed! By the way, big thanks to my teammates: Megan, Sara, and Angela for putting up with me!!

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Brooke Kalisiak

Legacy Physical Therapy

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