“Live the Life of Your Dreams.”
Ever since finishing my 50th half marathon on August 9, 2014, I have been depressed because I have not really been able to run. Sure, I did a few 5ks and a 10k and did really well…but anyone who knows me, knows that my heart belongs to the half marathon. There is just something that makes me feel so good when it comes to the half.
So I decided I was going to see how the knee is today. I have a lateral meniscus tear and a bruised tibia…I have been going to physical therapy since July and I have not been running much. I had my knee taped and I was hoping it would not be so bad.
I do not have Lilly this weekend and I had signed up for the Wicked Half Marathon a long time ago. I know my race season is inevitably coming to a close. I was told I should not race, but that I could…so I chose to try it out. How am I ever going to know if I can run again if I do not get a chance to try?
The Wicked Half Marathon was amazing!!!! It starts by the Dead Horse Beach, in Salem. Then, you run to Marblehead, which had amazing houses. I was able to run on a bridge over the ocean. I know people think I am crazy to make the drive but there is nothing that beats the feeling when you are running, knowing you are next to an ocean!!!! I loved the course and the hills were rolling hills. I am normally a hills kind of gal, but with my knee I was thankful of the rolling hills!
The downfall of this race was about mile six. My knee buckled a few times and then it seems really sore. I saw my friend Andrea, so I decided to say hello at mile ten. I ended up walking a little here and there. I know I finished mile ten in 1:26…which is slow for me but I don’t want surgery so I am taking it easy. After talking with Andrea, I had to finish up my last part of the race and my knee was just awful.
Unfortunately, this was far from one of my better finishes…I am just glad I was able to finish under two hours and drive home. I know I should not be racing but I have too much free time and running is my favorite thing. When I bike, I am most often alone and I get bored. I love biking too though! I am just not good at it and I know I am no longer good at running, but I know I can get it back….
So I thought I would share with you some of the pictures I took in Salem:
The House Of Seven Gables:
The Maritime museum:
The Dead Horse Beach:
However, I thought I would share something different tonight. Whenever I run, I always have something on my mind besides the music. Well, here is the list of what went through my mind…you will like this because it is completely random and I am curious to know if other people think similar things.
1. (knowing that the finisher medal was a bat) I contemplated calling my article, “Pain is temporary; bats are nocturnal.”
2. (When I saw some identical twins running with the same clothes on) I wonder if I am seeing double and there really is just one girl.
3. Why was that beach “The Dead Horse Beach?”
4. I wonder if my butt looks big in these shorts?
5. Why am I the one runner in the race who wears the least amount of clothing?
6. Why do some people wear soooooo much clothing?
7. Why do people stop during a race to talk to their boyfriends or text on the phone?
8. I want to slow dance…
9…..the worst…I always get stuck behind someone who toots!!!! All I can think is, “I hope they know it isn’t me!!!!”
I am sure there were more….
On a final note, I am hoping that this is not my last race of the season, but it was a great event and I would totally recommend this!!!!!