Well, three days after the race. As great as I felt after that race, I couldn’t finish my 4 mile training today. Guess I have a longer recovery time to get back to half marathons that I first thought. Haven’t been challenged like this in awhile in my running adventures, which is good. It kinda of shows I had become complacent in my training before. No real time improvements. No longer runs added. Just… maintaining. So, now it shows that I have steps to take and what the training pain felt like and what I can take during training sessions again. Some of it could have been a lack of water. The route was in the sun more than I thought. It was warmer that I thought. And, I’m still learning how my body responds to humidity. So challenges all around. Which makes the long term goal feel farther away. But, I hope to be a better runner overall because of this process.
First race in over a month. Felt good. Didn’t prepare my race gear the night before, like I usually do. Woke up a bit late so didn’t eat my whole bagel. But I grabbed my needed gear and got to the starting line with time to spare. A slower pace than I was hoping for, but I finished and got my medal. And it was my first run in the new city. Some of the route was familiar. Some of the route was new to me. Wasn’t trapped by packs of runners. Actually spacing was really good. Didn’t feel trapped. Need to start carrying my ID more often, missed another beer tent. And the food truck rally. Guess I will have to try this run again next year!