I just wrapped up my last class of the semester, turned in my final project, a portfolio, and gave a presentation. One small 2 page final essay paper stands between me and Christmas vacation. But before I give that essay a minute of thought, I will be jetting off to Dallas to MEET my baby niece Harper, and snuggle with my nephew Harrison on Friday. Yes, my niece and nephew are cuter than yours, deal with it.
While there I will be running the Dallas half marathon (previously the Dallas White Rock) and yes I said half instead of the full. That would be marathon #2 of the year that turned in to a half marathon.
After NWM, which I failed to do a race recap for because a) it blew and b) see a, I was battling continued injuries. I ended up tweaking my knee the week before NWM, causing me to limp around work and home until Thursday when icing and rolling seemed to finally cause some relief. Needless to say, when an injury appears in MILE TWO of a 26.2 race, it's going to be a rough one. Should I have dropped out? 100%. Did I? No, because I'm stubborn as heck and couldn't fathom spending all the money that I did on the San Fran trip to not come home with that Tiffany's necklace. So I shuffle/jog/walked/cried my way through the race, and snagged my Tiffany's necklace with a 66 minute PW. Woof.
Fun fact: I called Kyle while walking around mile 21 or 22, because I wanted him to tell me to quit the race. He answered and I was all sniffly, and he asked how it went. I told him I was at mile 21. His response, "YOU'RE NOT FINISHED YET?!?!" <---Not helping.
It should be no surprise, then, that I was in quite a bit of lingering pain after NWM. I gave myself about a week and a half off, and still hurt on little casual runs. I could suck it up during 5-6 milers, but would hurt the whole next day. I spent all weekend putting off and dreading my long runs, only to put them off sooooo long that, POOF it was Monday. No long run for this girl. I finally emailed the race director about the change and was delighted when I got the a-ok. Insert most expensive half marathon here with the original race fee $100 plus a race transfer fee of $15. Blech.
My goals for Sunday.....
Finish. Don't be in too much pain. Run as hard as I can. Celebrate my SIL's first half marathon.
The good news, is that I have finally FINALLY pinpointed my injury woes, so after Dallas I will be 100% committed to stretching, strengthening and getting back on track. Running in pain is no fun, and I'm ready to be done with that. I miss being fast (my version of fast, obvs not anywhere near fast, but compared to my current speed, call my has-been-self Kara Goucher!). I miss finishing hard tempo runs hitting paces I never thought I'd be able to do for 5-8 consecutive miles. I miss working hard for a PR and basking in its awesomeness when I nail it.
Can 2013 be the year of the Jerbear??