Friday, November 4, 2011
First Half Marathon - Hershey Half
Wow, I can't believe it has taken me this long to write about my first Half. October 16, 2011 was the day. I was nervous, excited and very emotional. I have never cried during a race before. But after I passed the starting line, I felt the tears - I was actually doing this. I also have never really enjoyed a race before, and I have to admit I enjoyed this race. It was one of the hardest things I have done to date (besides labor of course). The hills were killer, but I took each one and braced for the next one. I was doing awesome until around mile 10. I hadn't walked once, but then both calves cramped at the same time. I almost fell.
I have never had anything 'cramp' during a run. I tried to run through it, but knew that wasn't going to happen. So I powerwalked. I was disappointed that I had to walk, especially so close to the finish, but I knew if i didn't I wasn't going to be able to finish. I then again tried to run, and after about 20 steps my legs cramped again. This time it cramped all the way up to my thighs. So I powerwalked again and then tried running again - same thing.
At this point, I knew I had to walk/limp/shuffled if I wanted to finish. I think the last mile took me close to 20 minutes to complete.
But you know what, I DID IT. It wasn't pretty. But I completed my first Half Marathon and I didn't get picked up by the bus - 2:38:36.
Fast forward to today's date.... well... after the race I was extremely sore.. and I developed some pain in my left foot. But it was my right heel that was bothering me. I had an issue with it before the race and ran through it. To make a long story short, I decided to go to a podiatrist about my right heel. While I was there he wanted to x-ray my left foot because of pain on top of my foot... come to find out I have a stress fracture. So the Hershey Half gave me an extra medal - a nice cast on my foot. I'm off it for 4-6 weeks probably. My left heel has a plantar's wart which may have to be cut out in two weeks if the meds don't work.
Sooo.... I suppose if I have to be sidelined, Winter works for me.
I'll be back. I've already signed up for the VA Beach Half Marathon next year.