The following story comes to us from VIDA Fitness Renaissance Member Norrisa Tworkowski. With the help of VIDA Fitness Personal Trainer Lucianne G, Norissa ran in the Marine Corps Marathon/10K and was part of a team that raised a staggering $247,000 for cancer research.
Limping across the finish line…but I am reminded that I have legs after the heartbreaking moment of watching those double-amputees and the triple-amputee (below) persevering throughout the marathon.
My DC team raised almost $247,000 for the Marine Corps Marathon/10K with a combined total for DC of more than half a million dollars. Some competed at Baltimore and San Francisco–all toward finding a cure for cancers.
All went well except for the stinging leg cramp I got just a few yards to the finish line–which was atop a hill at the IWO JIMA monument. Thanks to the Marines for their encouragement and enthusiasm as they shouted, “come on, you got this far you can’t give up!” I even heard several boot-camp-like shouts of “move it!” Awesome Marines! Oorah!
My shameless account as to what followed next: I have been free of asthma attacks for several years but one came on (exercise-induced and not full blown) right before I crossed the finish line. To make a long story short, I was immediately approached by several well-trained-eyes Marines (doctors). They took me to the medical tent–of course, they were well prepared. At least 12 of them just fussed and fawned over me. One noticed my shoe laces were a bit loose and immediately two of them got on their knees–one on each side–to tie them. I couldn’t restrain laughter. I even got a little neck and shoulder massage. Shucks, I didn’t get his name. LOL!
Am I going back next year? Um…I will have to fake something…
A big thanks–again to all my supporters! This was truly a life changing event for me! My first 10K and 2nd race for the year–previously a 5K.
Oh, how I appreciate those grueling core workouts! I don’t believe I would’ve made it through any race without Luci’s superb training!
Thanks, Lucianne! Thanks, Vida!
P.S. My time for the 10K– “1:36:45”. It was all about finishing. I was faster than the rest of my team except for one guy who came in at 1:34 (and he has competed multiple times). OORAH!!!