by Carrie Jurney DVM DACVIM (Neuro)
And we're back! Hi guys. I took a week off to take a vacation to Disney World with my husband. It was his 40th birthday, and I also ran two races with my dear friend.
And let me assure you- those races were a bit of a disaster.
First- I wasn't trained well enough to do 19.3 miles in the Florida heat. I knew it going in, but nothing like cold hard reality (or rather humid muggy Florida swamp air reality) slapping you in the face.
Then we did far far to much Disney World fun leading up to the race. Averaging 8+ miles a day of walking is not exactly the recommended taper for a race.
Finally, my running buddy unfortunately went down hard very early in the half marathon and like many stubborn endurance athletes decided she was going to run the course anyway. Adrenaline is a heck of a drug.
So times were abysmal, my running partners did an ill-advised 13 mile jog on an injured ankle, and I'm still sore four days later. It was hot. I pushed myself too hard at the end of the half. Etc. etc. etc.
Would I do it again- well, would prefer to skip the injury part- but yeah! Absolutely. We're actually already signed up for our next race. First- look at all that sweet bling! that Kessel Run medal is truly awesome. But more importantly- it is a goal completed, and it's all the sweeter for the struggle.
Nicole has shared with us her disaster marathon experience- any one else have a hard fought race they want to share?