I ran the Heroes Half Marathon in Everett, WA yesterday. My first Half since last November. The course is fairly flat except for a few off/on ramp bridge hills. I did well and was on a great pace up until mile 8 or so. The wind was brutal. It felt so much harder to push/move forward. Just imagine running up a hill with the wind blowing against you. Not fun. I allowed myself to walk a few times & actually felt renewed. I will not be using RunKeeper in future distance races. My phone died towards the end. But maybe it's a good thing that I don't know for sure my end time.
We had a booth at the event and had to help man it. Afterwards, we went to lunch. I wish I had a foam roller! That would have helped release the stress in my legs. I went home and napped. I felt better and decided that I had enough energy to play an indoor soccer game. It wasn't too bad. I wasn't at my best or fastest. Afterwards my knees hurt. I decided not to risk an injury and didn't go to my outdoor soccer game. I know it probably sounds a little crazy to play and indoor soccer game after running a half!
I'm glad that I ran the race. That I allowed myself to relax and enjoy the route. I thanked God for giving me the ability to be able to run while I was running. At the end, I embraced the wind & held my hands out to feel it. All in all, it was a good run. One foot in front of the other & I left my "angry runner" tendencies behind.
Today, I feel sore. But I have three classes to teach. Fake it, till you make it! Wish me luck.
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