I'll write more later but wanted to give a quick update about San Francisco: I did it, I ran the full and I finished!! Marathon #17 - check!!
The heel quasi-cooperated and though I could feel it, it wasn't painful so when I hit the half-way point, I was feeling ok due to drastically keeping my pace SLOOOOW, so I just decided to keep going and see if I could finish this full. Around mile 17 is when I first noticed the heel yelling but it was manageable, nothing at all like it had yelled the week before, just slightly more painful than earlier in the race. I turned the pace down even more here ... and my lack of proper marathon training became evident! I never had to walk, but man o man was I drastically slow. But the whole purpose of this race wasn't about a great finish line time, it was purely about finishing. I'm thrilled with my 4:18 time, which is about a good half hour slower than I'm capable. It gave me hope that I can get this heel fixed and train well again. And THAT was the purpose of this little experiment. I'm very happy!
A huge thank you for all your words of support for this race, it meant a LOT to me - you have to know that I thought so much about the blog world while I was out there and those that sent me wishes. This has been a very trying few months and your words definitely helped!
I'll share more when I return home to Denver next week, with more picture and stories (and how Katie A. and I have totally have had a blast here in S.F.!!).
And now it's time for the heal to heel......I mean heel to heal :).