A Running Update

I am finally done training for the two races I did in May. I hate to say it but I was really glad to be done. With both of us always training, it is so hard to find several hours over the weekend to just spend running. As our races got closer, our training runs got longer to prepare for them. So here’s how things went…

10-Mile River Race

I had had a really bad run the week before and the humidity here had set in, making it even more difficult to run long distances. I was fully expecting not to be able to run the whole thing, but I decided to just do what I could do. Well, I ended up surprising myself and actually running the entire 10 miles, minus the few minutes I had to stop and use the porta potty. (I have had a hard time figuring out how to not have to use the bathroom in the middle of long runs.) It was a little cooler that morning and we also got a nice little rain shower in the middle of it. I really wanted to be able to run it in 2 hours or less and we crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 3 minutes, and some seconds (I don’t remember the exact time). I was a little frustrated because if I wouldn’t have had to stop to use the porta potty, I would have easily made it in under 2 hours. Needless to say, I was really proud of myself! Can you tell which picture was the “before” picture and which was the “after?” My husband had run a 50k (yes, 31 miles…who does that?) a couple week prior, so he slowed (way) down and ran with me. The best part was that I wasn’t even sore the day or two after.

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Trail Half Marathon

Two weeks later, we did a trail half marathon. For anyone who runs, trail runs are slower and typically harder than regular “street” running. My husband wanted to see what his time would be so he ran at his own pace and I ran mine. Unfortunately, it was hotter than it was the day of the 10-mile race and this race started an hour later. It was in the woods, so there was some shade, but it was still so sticky and humid. Plus, there were some major hills. After the first mile or two, an older man asked if he could run with me because my pace was very similar to his. I was happy to have the company so he ran behind me the rest of the race. At first, I was afraid I would be too slow for him, but after awhile, I started to think that he would have stopped and walked long before if he hadn’t been trying to keep up with me. We made it to somewhere around 8ish miles (the miles weren’t marked so I can’t be sure) before I had to stop and walk. It got hillier and hotter as it went so I just couldn’t keep running. Plus, I started to feel a little sick just because of the heat, even though I had been drinking Tailwind (like Gatorade with a lot less sugar) and ate some Gu. (That stuff is gross, by the way, but I knew I needed the fuel.) I was also having issues with my right hip. I hadn’t had problems with it in awhile but it tends to act up when I run for longer periods of time. Eric actually walked back into the course after he finished to find me and he walked/ran the rest of the way with me. So I did finish but had to walk a few miles of it, though I finished running. I was definitely a little sore the next day, but it wasn’t too bad.

I am currently trying to come up with a new training plan just because I know if I don’t set goals for myself, I will stop running completely. That being said, I’m ready to take a break from the really long runs because they are so time-consuming and there are other interests I would like to pursue. But at least I know I can do it. I started running in the middle of June last year, so I feel pretty good about my progress over the past year, seeing as I couldn’t even run a mile straight when I started. My story should be a lesson to anyone who has always wanted to run but has always felt like she couldn’t. I am the biggest wuss about running and have started (and never finished) the C25k several times, but I not only finished the C25k; I also worked up to a 10k, a 10-mile race, and then a half marathon. All in a year. If I can do it, anyone can.

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