Tuesday, February 05, 2013
First of all, I can't believe it is February already! In January, I planned out some races for the year. I finished the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. That race starts at 5:00 am and it is always a tough one for me, just trying to eat that early is a challenge, although running through Disneyland at dawn is inspiring. The soft light is beautiful and all of the electric lights glow. I somehow reset my watch timer to go off for kilometers instead of minutes. I got confused about how much time I had left, and ran too fast in the middle of my race. So, I was very tired in the last mile. I was happy to finish and meet up with my daughter-in-law (also a finisher) and grandkids and husband in the family reunion area. I had two blisters on my left foot. Not good.
I started February by finishing the Surf City Half Marathon, in Huntington Beach. It started at 7:45 am, much easier for me. It was a beautiful day. I got my watch reset to beep every minute, but the distance was recorded in kilometers. Good thing there were mile markers! I did not have any problems with my hydration or nutrition, a real plus. The last 5 miles were on Pacific Coast Highway, and we were able to see and hear the waves crashing. It was inspiring to see the beautiful beach with Catalina Island in the distance. I used Body Glide on my feet. I still got a blister, although only one and smaller. I think it proves that my shoes are the problem. My old race shoes never gave me blisters. This is my fourth half marathon with these shoes, and I have had blisters each time. (I know, I am pretty slow to figure it out.)
My goal is to finish at least 6 half marathons in 2013. I feel good that I have finished 2 already. YAY!! I am going to a running shoe store ASAP. I have to resolve my blister issue before the next half marathon in May 2013. I don't get blisters when I run 5K races. I think my race times would be faster if my feet were not injured during the race.
I have been working with my new trainer to strengthen my knees and increase my flexibility in my hamstrings. I am also doing more upper body weights and stretching. I feel that I am making some progress. My recovery from my races is less painful and taking less time.
I joined BeeUnited running group (associated with BeeCause Charms) with the hopes that I can meet up with some other runners at my races.
I lost a few pounds in January, too! I am planning to complete a Virtual 5K on SparkPeople in the weeks that I do not run in an organized race. So far, I think I am on track with my goals.