If the miles behind me could be put into words before you, you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires. Most of all you would see my joy. Watch me from afar run the trails and hills and miles upon miles and you will see ...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Finished at last

I am overwhelmed with what everyone had to say and the fact that many of you watched as I trodded along. I will have to wait to respond or see personally all those who wtote amazing words of wishes and support. I can't say enough. First and foremost goes my thanks and appreciation to the crew: Carrie and Ian made it possible to get all the way through this. I've said it before but without awesome support, this type of thing wouldn't be possible, at least for me.
The journey was a long, long, long, LONG, one. My knees will not be forgiving me any time soon. My left one is very swollen I believe from compensating from some plantar issues on my right. Strangely, my IT band never really flared up too bad (advil is wonderful, ain't it?) and my old shin splint worries never materialized. Suffice to say our trip to the Acropolis will be a lengthy and slow moving one tomorrow. We're off to see the coast in the other direction from the race for the remaining days. It's cloudy and cool here now but hoping to get some beach weather soon.
Can't wait to reconnect with all those back home, I just wish I wasn't so tired through the last half and could remember more!! I now understand why most people called me "crazy" these last few months. Of course, I met several folks here who had done this several times. What does that make them??

"This is madness"

"THIS IS SPARTA!!!"

4 comments:

don said...

Congratulations Darin! What an amazing accommplishment. It was great to be able to follow your journey on the spatathalon website. Can't wait for the full report.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero!!! What an amazing time, and 11th place!!

I can't wait to hear about the stories. :) John B.

garobbins said...

You're the man Darin!! Awesome job bud, enjoy your glory and drink some Spartan Beers!!
GR

Sam Harrap said...

Way to go Darin! That's a pretty awesome accomplishment!