I started second guessing myself, again, about why in the world did I sign up for a half-marathon,
and then schedule a dental surgery before it?
I actually scheduled it between two races.
THE BEAST (which you can read about ----> here) and the half on Sunday the 14th.
On Monday, October 1st, I ran 8 miles not sure if it would be my last long run before the race.
On the 2nd, I had the 2nd surgery in a 3 step process for this broken tooth.
(really, take care of your teeth people....it's nuts what has to be done for ONE TOOTH)
The doctor told me to take 3 days off and then "ease" back into running,
with the instructions to STOP immediately if I felt anything funny in my jawbone.
I ran two miles on the treadmill on Friday and felt fine.
On Sat. I ran in the STRIDE FOR THE CURE 5K in honor of my amazing grandmother,
Geneva Duke, a breast cancer survivor.
one week before the race -
I logged a 9 mile run
and that was the last long one.
The days following involved some
hill training and speed work, short distances -
and then race day.
|race bib and timing chip (loop?) on my shoe....night before the race|
|personal motivation .....|
I actually looked at this on my arm several times during the race.
The great news is: I felt good.
I had learned the hard way about "hitting the wall" during a few training runs and played with my nutrition and what I would drink / eat during long runs.
Thankfully, it all worked out on race day.
According to my timing chip: I ran the course in 2 hours 1 minute and 35 seconds.
I don't know how long this link will be available: but try to click here for photos.
It was a Sunday morning and I was singing at church -
so I ate 2 bananas and walked to the van and headed home.
Looking back, I wish I had time to hang out with friends that ran,
tell our stories
and take photos,
but even without the photos,
I am thankful for each and every one of my "running friends" and how they support and encourage me to be my best.
My total mileage from October was 81
(*less than other months - but I took some time off after the race)
a total for the year is 962 -
so close to my goal of 1000 for 2012, and looking ahead to running in 2013.