I Finished…

I have a lot going through my mind regarding yesterday’s marathon that it is all one giant blur right now. I know I finished in 5:29:28, in front of the 5:30 pace group, which became my goal around mile 19.nycm11 finish

I would have updated you all sooner but unfortunately, one collapse, multiple unsightly vomits, a 20 minute IV, and the most incredible doctors, nurses, and PT’s at the medical tent I finally made it home last night and immediately collapsed in bed. Bo was kind enough to buy Gatorade, Saltines, and Ginger Ale which I tried to sip through the night.

I woke up after 13 hours of sleep still feeling a bit “wonky” due to the fact that I haven’t eaten solid foods since my marathon breakfast over 24 hours ago. My left shin and groin muscle are pretty swollen but hopefully nothing Arnica gel, rest, Cherry Juice, and Epsom salts can’t help.

I also woke up to more kind messages, phone calls, and emails than I ever thought possible. I couldn’t have finished yesterday without your support, my fans on the sidelines, my amazing husband, or most of all Shannon!  We pushed each other through the last 2.8 miles and finished holding hands as we crossed the finish line.

I thought I’d share a glance of us at mile 24, looking surprisingly strong, which my manager video taped as he ran along side of us. It’s hard not to force yourself to run and smile when you have a video camera on you, regardless of calf cramps.


I’ll be back later with a full recap, I promise.

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  1. Maria November 7, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    I’m glad to hear you’re okay!!! Congrats on your finish!! I can’t wait to read the recap.

  2. Krissy @ Shiawase Life November 7, 2011 / 3:47 pm

    Way to go, Ashley! I am glad you are feeling more like yourself 🙂

  3. Misha November 7, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    I was eagerly awaiting each of your updates. You’re amazing!!

  4. Carina November 7, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    I was tracking you the entire time, and once I saw your pace drop dramatically, I started to worry. I’m glad you ended up okay, but I wish you had endured a better day! You definitely look strong in that video. I only wish I could look as good as you during a marathon!

  5. ellen November 7, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    Happy to hear you’re okay! Hope all is well and you get lots of R+R today 🙂 And, congrats on the finish!

  6. Megan @ Life As Megan Knows It November 7, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    Asheyl, I am so happy you are ok. When Bo tweeted what happend I felt awful and wished there was something I could of done. Make sure you get plenty of rest.

    Thinking of you..

  7. Anne P November 7, 2011 / 3:53 pm

    Oh gosh – scary! So glad you made it and are recovering nicely 🙂

  8. Meghann November 7, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    You are amazing Ashley. That strong will and determination is what makes you so inspirational. I’m happy to hear you survived and that the scary part is over. Rest up, enjoy your day, and relish the fact that you ran a marathon yesterday. And when you can stomach food again, load up on a big bowl of ice cream for me. 🙂

  9. Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run November 7, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    Congrats on a job well done! Look forward to reading the recap! Take your time though. You earned it.

  10. Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs November 7, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    Congrats!!!!! I was watching your tweets and just willing you to keep going. So proud of your accomplishments – and I’m so glad you are OK in the end. Rest up and relax – you’ve definitely earned it.

  11. Lindsay @CookVeganLover November 7, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    You are amazing! Take care and feel better soon! Congrats on finish you are truely inspirational!

  12. Margaret @ Have A Good Run November 7, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Congratulations Ashley! You are a rock star, clearly 🙂 I’m glad you’re recovering — rest up and get well soon!

  13. Clare @ Fitting It All In November 7, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    You’re a rockstar. Amazing that you pushed through. Can’t wait to hear more…feel better!

  14. Liz @ An Interesting Year November 7, 2011 / 5:45 pm

    So glad to hear you are okay!! Congratulations on finishing — no matter what, that is a MAJOR accomplishment. Looking forward to the full recap!

  15. Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 7, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    sounds like yesterday was quite the adventure! i’m glad that you finished and are in one piece – i was following your tweets throughout the race! take it easy on your body and rest up. hope you’re feeling back to 100% soon 🙂

  16. Katy Widrick November 7, 2011 / 6:06 pm

    Oh honey…I’m sorry it was so dramatic but I am so, so proud of you for powering through! Rest well…

  17. Kimra November 7, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    I was following your tweets, and I could tell it was a rough time. I hope you feel better and better as the day goes on!

  18. RunEatRepeat November 7, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    You are amazing! I would have definitely got a DNF. You powered through!

  19. alison November 7, 2011 / 6:58 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Ashley. Congrats on your second marathon!! Rest up!

  20. Katie November 7, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    Congratulations on your finish, Ashley! I’m sorry you had such a rough day, but it sounds like you’re feeling better and your friends and family are pampering you!

  21. Tropical Eats November 7, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    you did it!!!


  22. emily November 8, 2011 / 12:30 am

    wow! you are so tough and i bet you were so glad to cross the finish line. hopefully you are feeling better. also, i’m glad we finally got to meet yesterday morning before the race. can’t wait to read your full recap!

  23. Laura @joyful shimmy November 8, 2011 / 1:11 am

    You are an inspiration. Congratulations n finishing the marathon. Glad that you are feeling better. Rest up!

  24. Suzanne November 8, 2011 / 2:12 am

    Glad you are ok! Congrats on the marathon! I can’t wait for the recap!

  25. SkinnyRunner November 8, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    congrats on finishing despite ALL that! thats incredible, hope you start to feel better ASAP.

  26. Kris Salinas December 7, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    I’m happy to hear you survived and that the scary part is over. can’t wait to read your full recap! I was tracking you the entire time, and once I saw your pace drop dramatically, I started to worry. You’re a rockstar.

    • Ashley D December 8, 2011 / 1:18 am

      Kris: Did you see that I already posted my full recap? I’m not sure if this is an old comment or what.

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