June 1st was Global Running Day! To celebrate, I rounded up the Runhers gals and we met at my favorite bar in Edmond, The Patriarch. I was really nervous about the whole thing, as it was my first time to organize an event and because most of the day leading up to the social was RAINING. I was pleasantly surprised when quite a few people that I knew showed up and then even more surprised when quite a few people that i didn’t know showed up! We did an easy out and back run for 30 minutes and then sat down and had a beer and enjoyed each others company! What a treat. If you’re ever in my area, I can’t recommend The Patriarch highly enough. They had a locally brewed peanut butter stout from a brewery called Mustang Brewery that was epic and good.
Yesterday I was able to run my 6th Half Marathon! I waffled for most of the week about whether or not I wanted to run this race. I had a cold after doing the long United Relay run two weeks ago and after the run the cold turned to bronchitis. I made it into the doctor on Thursday before the race to confirm that it was bronchitis and get some antibiotics and my general practitioner told me she thought i was ok to run the race. I signed up on Thursday night and made travel plans with my friends and husband for race day on Sunday.
The race started off cool and lovely. There was lots of rolling hilly sections that I was not prepared for (I did not look at the course map one time) and at the last 4 miles of the race I was mentally spent and it was starting to get hot. I got turned around at mile 9 of the course and almost ended up cutting the course because I was confused about where I was supposed to be and too focused on following other runners and my music. So I ended up with an extra .75 mile on my race distance. Whoops! I’m kind of an idiot. It was fun and a good story though. I looked down at my watch when it dinged for 13 miles and I was at 2:00:34. So I feel like I pr’d! This is not at all what the race time says, but who cares? For a race that i basically walked up and registered for and didn’t really properly train for, I’m pleased as punch with the time and the experience. We also had a great brunch in stillwater after we finished and I enjoyed driving and chatting with my friend Brooke on the way to and from the race. It has been a good racing spring and I’m feeling amazing this morning considering I had a tough race yesterday!
NOW IT IS TIME FOR MARATHON TRAINING!
I’m going to take it easy for the next few weeks, but I start training for NYC on July 4th! Marathon training is going to start with a bang!