When I run a Half, I have a continuous dialog with myself. Some of these thoughts come from that and what I experienced during this race.
I heard from Darren about some runner who started yelling at racewalkers to get out of their way! What the hell is that all about. Total disrespect! I would have had to control myself big time!
I need to start training on bridges! I haven't a clue on how to run on them. I found several great resources on Runner's World!
Instead of avoiding runs with challenging courses (and steenkin' bridges!) , I'm going to address and embrace them...then champion them!
After I crossed the finish line this Half, I had a rough time with my balance. My legs were like Gumby's! No, Gumby probably had stronger legs! I will take care of this and train better!
I love meeting runners at races. We get so many out-of-state people here on the Gulf Coast and I truly enjoy it!
I met the overall Women's Marathon Winner. I told her how I admired Marathon runners and how I loved reading about all my SparkFriends who train for their 26.2 and own their Marathon. She told me that she was at the finish line when I crossed it. She thought my running form was excellent and I should do one. I told her she must have missed my body meltdown as they were cutting off my timing chip. All she said was, "We can work on that!" Oh oh!
After the Half, I was hungry big time. We went over to the food, got a small bowl of pasta and 3 small meatballs. I took three bites, started feeling queasy, and threw it away. My body had to be telling me it was not form. I took 3 sips of a diet coke (yeah, I said it!) grabbed a dry half of a wheat bagel, and felt better!
Post-race, and after I got home I felt a slight pain in my left knee about one inch to the lower left of my kneecap. It lasted through the rest of Sunday and part of Monday. Haven't felt any discomfort since then!
I wore KT Tape on my right Achilles tendon for 48 hours prior to the race, during, and for 2 days afterward. All I feel is a slight tightness.
I won a Comprehensive Runner's Analysis from Premier Physical Therapy, lead by a doctor who is also a runner. He is at many of our races and has become a good friend. I scheduled an appointment this Wednesday to cash it in. We will discuss my issues and work on improving training and preventing injury!
I made a point to check my 10K split. Considering I crossed 2 bridges prior to that mark and stayed true to my 4:1 interval, I had a decent time. I'm ready for my 10K next Saturday.
I love seeing DSSECRETS having a good time at our races. After all, she's the one who led me to a healthy life. I also learn from her perspective and experience. I'm, blessed!
On our way home from the race, (a 10 minute ride) we started talking about going to runs in St Augustine, Savannah, Nashville, Palm Beach, Miami, and Key West. I even mentioned the Flying Pig in "da Nati!" Then both of us just stared at each other. The experiences of this race alone said it all. We realized our lifestyle had totally changed...and we loved it!