I haven’t blogged a ton about it – mostly because the information about this race has been trickling in so slowly, but I am starting to get really stoked about for April 28!
I am really excited to run in this event – and since it is a mere eight days after the Blue Ridge Marathon (I am once again running the half, despite what I originally posted, lol) I am going to approach it with a fun attitude and will be running with a friend 🙂
In other running-related news, my right leg has been really bothersome since Sunday. I didn’t have any pain or anything from the race, but I think that driving around most of the day Saturday without foam rolling the night before, then hopping back on the road wasn’t the best for my poor leggies. To top it off, since my foot was asleep through the race on Sunday, I didn’t realize til later that I had gotten my FIRST blister from running. Boo!
So, I am taking a few days off to re-assess – it does make me a little nervous since San Francisco is coming up in just over two months, but I cannot risk injury. I also have decided (from analyzing some race pics from Sunday) that I don’t think the Hokas and I are a great match. I have ordered two new pairs of Brooks (the new Pure Flow 2 and a pair of Pure Connect 2 for tempos) and will run my other runs as soon as my legs feel better in my Ghost 5. Also, I will be starting back up my running journal (paper/pen) to supplement my dailymile tracking.
As I grow and mature as a runner, I continue to learn more and more about what works best for me and it’s refreshing to see that changes are not always about speed or PRs. Was I a bit disappointed I didn’t run a blazing fast time on my birthday? Yes, but did I let that ruin the rest of my training season? Definitely not. There are always more races and more opportunities to improve. 2012 was the year I bested all of my major PRs, from the 5K to the marathon…hard work gets it done and I am willing to keep giving and striving toward greatness, even if that means working through setbacks.
What lessons has running – or your sport – taught you?