I haven't blogged in a while, one reason being I was busy, one being I didn't know what to say except I'm getting extremely scared.
First, the half marathon. It went well. I came in at 1:59:4something. I barely squeaked by and achieved my goal of coming in under 2 hours. It was a very challenging run. First, I had forgotten how long we had to stand around and wait for the start. I don't like that anticipation too much, and the fact that it was pouring rain didn't help. Secondly, IT WAS POURING RAIN. I was soaked. Thirdly, it was hillier than I remembered. I hoped it would be the opposite, and that the course wouldn't be as hard as I remembered the first time I ran it, but no, it was hilly. Just when you think you've hit the hardest hill, a harder one comes along. And then people tell you "it's flat from here on in!!" from the sidelines, just in time for you to turn a corner and see an enormous hill. Honestly, spectators, don't ever yell it's flat unless you are 100% positive that there are no more hills. It's just not nice. While we're at it, don't you dare yell "you're almost done" unless I can see the finish line. Telling me I'm almost done with 3 miles to go is just plain false. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. The fact that I was soaked mixed with the hills made the race really tough on my feet. I have been dealing with some forefoot tenderness that I thought I had under control, but the up and down and the soaking feet and shoes full of puddles made me feel like I was running on cheese graters. Ouch. It was mentally tough, physically tough, but I remembered I was running for my grandma and for alzheimer's, and I pushed through to sneak in under 2 hours. Great! Everyone else who ran with me did amazing, and I was so happy for everyone.
Next up, the 70.3. Just writing that gave me butterflies. I'm scared. Really really scared. I don't know what else I can say but holy freaking crap why am I doing this?!?!?!?!?! I feel like I'm a 5 year old going in to take the SATs. Ahhhhhhhh!
And that's that! Sorry I've been absent!