Locky & I smiling for the camera.
Several weeks ago, my sister-in-law and I signed up to run the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon over Memorial Day week-end. She's a competitive runner and tends to fly through these races at paces I can't hold very comfortably. I have been dealing with the aforementioned pain in my foot due to plantar fasciitis so I wasn't going to be breaking any records. Thus, I suggested we run 'naked' (no watches) and just cruise it together, which she was totally up for. As race day approached, my foot was getting worse and I began to doubt whether I would be able to pull off a half, even at 'cruising' speed. I let my sister-in-law know that it wasn't looking good and that I would most likely have to bail which she completely understood. The week before the race I started an intensive pain management plan and with the time off, the meds, and the stretching, by race day my pain was minimal. Naturally, as any runner would, I began to think the race was, once again, a possibility. I checked in with the doctor who told me that while it wouldn't help, running on plantar fasciitis does not make it worse. One check in the "yes" box with that response. I then emailed my coach and gave him the low down. I assumed would say "no" because the past couple weeks have been a bit rough from a training perspective. But he surprised me by letting me know he understood my desire to run, particularly since I already paid and did not want to throw away the $50 reg fee. In so many words, he basically said if I felt up for it, I should go for it. Another check in the "yes" box. There was only one check in the "no" box at this point and the "yes"s kept adding up...
- I wanted to hang and run with my sister-in-law as we always have a good time catching up while we're out on the road.
- I wanted to be outside after spending the previous 48 hours inside watching the rain.
- And, if I'm being totally honest here, I simply wanted to run.
|WHAT?? NO MUSIC??|
|Katharine, Elizabeth, Rosie, Will & Grace|
Listen to this:
The Mess - Kid Astray
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