Ya know, no biggie, just hanging out over here… Yeah, bragging on my co blogger/bestie, one of my dearest girlfriends and myself… We ran a half marathon this weekend! It was not all 100% glorious but the runner’s high following it absolutely was. 🙂
The course was fun and mostly flat until the last 3-4 miles (which broke my spirit a little bit) but it was fun and actually a lot better than I expected it to be! The trails I was frightened of were a bit more like muddy roads than they were trails and the nighttime thing really only became a problem during the last mile. So, all the concerns I had dissipated away pretty quickly.
For both of us, this was our second ever half marathon but it was Ash’s first! We all killed it and I am so proud of everyone, including myself. Our first one was October 2012 and we finished in roughly 2:17. This year, I harnessed my strength and decreased it by about 10 minutes.
And I have another one in early October, ah! We shall see about that…. Besides, we got these awesome medals:
Immediately upon finishing, I chugged a bottle of water and simultaneously threw this around my neck. You’re darn right I care about the medal! I have three so far and I can’t wait to add more! 🙂
It was definitely a fun race, and there was water at every single mile – super awesome considering my CamelBak didn’t work from the get go, which sort of sucked.
Ok, so I have a confession. I haven’t really taken training too seriously for this primarily because ever since I ran a marathon, I’m all, “Yeah, 13.1 is no biggie, I’ve done a full one before!” Never mind that it was many months ago or that 13 is still a lot of mileage – but anyway, I’ve sort of become unrealistic about what constitutes a long run. Caitlin touched on it a few weeks ago but it’s so true! I didn’t think that this race would be too hard but it certainly was. I’ve gotta readjust my perspectives, right? Ugh!
My legs are SUPER tight, my hamstrings and calves, specifically, but overall, no concerning pain! That’s a big victory if you ask me! Another victory? My darn appetite!! Yum. I know those are weird toppings – but I love salt after a race SO much. Don’t hate!
And I proceeded to continue my loving relationship with running last night for a slow and easy four miles to shake out my muscles. I was sore, but it totally helped to go at a slow pace and just enjoy it. Running, I love you. That is all. Also, I love the Senator for being such a great running partner. And the beautiful Mollie Hannah!
And thank goodness for my Pro Compressions, right? Sheesh.
I have never run with them but it felt great to do so last night! I may start doing it more often.
What’s the longest run you’ve ever been on?
What’s your favorite post race meal?
How do you recover after long runs? I like to be a bum after some foam rolling. 🙂 It makes me feel accomplished.