|Pre-race with some running friends!|
Sunday was the Catharine Valley 1/2 marathon. I am not in great shape after coming off of plantar fasciitis. My plan was to use this race as long run. From this race I learned that I have a lot of work to do for November 4. It started out fine. The first four miles were great. I was a little faster than my long run pace but I felt good. My legs were a little heavy but nothing bad. Shortly after the 4 mile mark I knew the next 9 miles were going to be tough! It started with the hip flexor pain. The weird thing was that it was my right hip and not my left. I ran through it but by mile 7 I was ready to quit. The pain/cramping was in both hips. I had to stop and stretch several times. I was feeling quite defeated and ready to stop. I think if there was a way for me to walk off the course I would of. I just focused on getting to the finish with the least amount of discomfort as possible. I did it. I finished with my 3rd slowest 1/2 marathon. I was and still am feeling not so great about running. It is so hard for me to look at where I once was and where I am now. Injuries are so hard to come back from. I know I have to look at where I am now and start working forward again. One thing I did learn was that as much as the Hoka One One helped me get through plantar fasciitis and still run it's time to go back to a shoe with less cushioning. I think the softness of the trail and the cushioning of the shoe led to the hip pain.
|With some Lady Warriors afterwards|