Actually, I only ran 3 days last week. I lifted weights 3 days, and went to cycle class with my sister, the first time since Dec 1st. It was much harder than I remember. I didn't feel very good for most of last week, which is why I took off a day of running, or I was just lazy.
I was sorta waiting to get the official results of the half marathon I did on Saturday before writing about the race, but they still haven't posted them, so I decided I'd write about it anyway.
It was a really nice day here on Saturday for the half marathon. I had originally thrown on my new "water resistant" jacket because I thought it was supposed to rain, but I walked outside and could tell that it would be way too warm to run in a jacket.
|Taken while running at about mile 3|
There was one length of a couple miles that was flat, but then back to the hills.
There was a brief moment when I looked at my Garmin and thought that I could actually PR, but then I did some math and realized that was a stupid thought, there was no way I was going to PR. My best half is 1:59:47, my second (but first half I did) was 2:07:39, I did not beat either time. (By the way, math is hard when running and tired, which is probably why I screw up routes and distances so often.)
My Garmin said I finished in 2:08:59 and mapmyrun said 2:09:20, I think the Garmin was closer to accurate, I was able to stop that sooner than the app on my phone. It was still right around a 9.47 min/mile average, which is pretty good for someone that's been running most runs at over a 10 min/mile average, even short runs.
All in all, I feel like it was a good race.
I've done the Nookachamps 5k a couple times now and I knew that they have a decent selection of food afterwards so I went into the gym (it started and finished at the community college) and ate several orange slices and left. I knew that I wouldn't get any age group placings (although that hasn't been confirmed since the official times aren't up yet) and I kinda just wanted to go home and take a bath.
By the time I got home I was soooo cold. My finger tips had turned white, which has been happening sorta regularly lately when I'm really cold after a run. It isn't pleasant, it's as if I've sat on my hand too long and lost circulation to my fingers, and then they start tingling. It goes away after awhile but it's annoying while it's happening.
I didn't do much after the race. Sat around the house, watched some TV, read a book. Surprisingly I wasn't really sore.
On Sunday I decided I wanted to go for a short run. I asked Damian if he wanted to go, figuring he'd say no, but he said yes. So we went for a 3 mile flat run. We definitely ran faster than I intended. Damian is faster than me and I did tell him I wanted to be slow, but running with him makes me run faster. I could definitely feel how sore I was. Man, by the half way point my legs felt dead. But I do enjoy running with him, so it was nice.
|My new water resistant jacket.|
After my short run, my legs were very, very tired. Much more than after the half marathon, surprisingly.