The town I live in had their final summer blast. An all-day event starting with a 5K and ending with fireworks I just watched from my driveway.
Today was the first time I ran in about a month. When the heel pain set in, I bought new running shoes, a special sock to wear every day, a foam roller to massage my calves and iced my heel a few times a week.
I have done a couple short walk/runs but today was the first day I kept running. It felt SO good! Not so good now but I have a doc appointment on Tuesday to see what needs to be done about this heel. It never hurts while I'm running.
It was a picture-perfect day for a run. My daughter and I were pretty tired as her evening went all kinds of wrong last night and wasn't able to catch a train out to me until 12:30am. Needless to say not much sleeping! Good thing the race was a five-minute walk from my house!
We started with a group warm up/stretch session, led by the local zumba instructor. Very fun.
Once we started running, I kept up with my daughter until just after mile two, then I started wilting a bit. I slowed down to a trot to keep moving but walked a little bit after the second water station.
I caught up to a guy who was also walking. He said "Tons of fun huh?" I said "yes" and then he clapped his hands and said "okay, come on let's do this, let's go" and we both took off running.
We caught up with two more guys walking, maybe he knew them, not sure, but he said "Come on ladies, let's go" and the four of us got moving together. Not sure where the energy came from but I barreled into the finish line. I just love the running community! The picture below is not my most flattering but it was a good moment!
My official time was 32:16 which I was happy for considering I have done very little running the past month and I was not pushing myself. I was just enjoying the day.
We walked a couple miles to our favorite after-race breakfast spot, back home for showers and headed back to the festivities. I saw canoeing on the list of activities and I wanted to try it.
We had so much fun. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and it felt heavenly. Any time I can see water and trees, I am instantly at peace.
There were several families of ducks in the water. Of course my daughter was quacking at them. One baby duck quacked back a couple times and started heading in our direction, breaking away from the family. We had a good laugh. It quickly got back in line. Maybe momma gave some kind of signal that conversing with humans will not be tolerated.
Freggies have been taken care of today, pushups and stretching done and YAY, I hit 90 seconds on my plank. I'm determined to hit the two-minute mark by the end of the month.
I'm going to take the dog out one last time, close the kitchen and hit the hay. I'm pooped.
I hope everyone had a sparkly Saturday!