My name is Mary & this is my story!
I began running again in my 50s. I worked my way up to half marathons then finally decided to take the leap and sign up for my very first full-fledged honest to goodness 26.2 mile Marathon.
I chose the Myrtle Beach Marathon because my first half marathon was the MB Mini in October (2012). Not long after I signed up I began to have medical problems. In December I had gall bladder surgery. The surgeon told me I would not be able to run the marathon. He did not say ‘should not’, he said that I would not have the endurance. After two weeks off due to the surgery, I got back to my training. I did take a hit on endurance, but I kept running.
After continuing with my training and making it to my 20 mile training run, I decided that the doctor was WRONG! I WAS GOING TO RUN THAT MARATHON!!!!
So, there I was ready for the marathon, in spite of what the doctor told me.
Then, we had a massive snow storm in the SOUTH! Not usually a problem for me, but at that time, I was in Iowa!!!! I was scheduled to fly home the Thursday before the race. When my flight was cancelled, I was devastated! There was NO WAY I could fly home on Friday AND get to Myrtle Beach, from Elgin SC, in time to pick up my packet. As I was logging on to my computer to check for flights to get me home, I received the email telling us that we would be able to pick up our packets the morning of the race. Up until this point, I was convinced that God really did NOT want me to run this marathon.
I was booked on a flight from Des Moines that would get me into Charlotte at 5:00, a two hour drive home; finish packing my bag for the weekend (remember I planned to be home Thursday night, so I had not finished packing). I was at the Des Moines airport at 4:45 AM in an effort to get on standby for the 6:55 flight that would get into Charlotte at 12:00 – PLENTY OF TIME TO GET HOME, FINISH PACKING and DRIVE TO MB IN TIME TO PICK UP MY PACKET!!!! YEA!
The 6:55 flight began to board. Priority, first class, zones 1, 2, etc., the gate agent began calling final call! YES!!! I am gonna make it onto this flight!!! The gate agent finally called me up to the counter, He said that he had one seat left, but it was first class and would cost $165.00 extra. I would have maxed out my credit card to get home so I could make it to MB for this marathon. Before I could get my credit card out of my pocket book he said, ”However, I can’t sell it to you”. WHAT?!?!?! I still have no idea WHY he would have called me up there to tell me THAT.
So, that flight left Des Moines in route to Charlotte with ONE EMPTY SEAT and I was sitting in the Des Moines airport crying.
I waited for the 2:00 flight, praying the entire time that this one did not get cancelled like so many others that day.
We made it to Charlotte a bit late, but nothing major. I made it home to Elgin by 8:00 pm. I had only slept about 2 hours Thursday night, due to worry about getting home.
My partner, Laura, was not planning on making the trip with me to MB due to work conflicts, decided to go with me. She drove me to Myrtle Beach so that I could sleep on the way. We made it to our hotel by 11:15. I was able to get more sleep, rise and shine at 4:00 out the door by 4:45, hopped on the shuttle and headed to the start line to pick up my packet!!!
I finished my very first marathon in 5:14:51. The most pride I have ever felt in forever!
I am already marking my calendar for next year!
Name: mary bumpas
State: south carolina