At 12:50PM today, 4 of my running friends and I are piling into my car and heading down to Savannah for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon. 3 other running friends will be meeting us down there this evening and staying in the house with us, so there are 8 of us total. Of the 8 of us, this will be the first half marathon for 5 of the ladies. It should be an exciting and fun weekend for all! You can track me by following me on Twitter @StephanieMid
The last 2 weeks leading up to this race are proving to be challenging for several of these ladies, including myself. After my 15 mile run, I realized that I needed to go up a half size in my shoes, so I bought the same brand, same model, just a half size bigger. They were a different color as well. They are the Brooks Ravenna 4. I have loved my original pair, and I never had sore feet when I started wearing them for the first time, but this new pair is a different story. As soon as I put them on, they felt different. I could feel something pressing against my arch. I just figured I didn’t remember how my others felt when they were new, so I went ahead and tried them out on a 5 mile run. My calves were locking up, my hip started hurting, and my feet just felt off. I thought maybe my laces were just too tight or something, so for my next run, I loosened them some and gave them another try. After that run, I hurt so much that I decided I’d have to set them aside until after Savannah. I was hoping I didn’t do anything that would still be hurting me by race day, and I think I’m ok now, but I did skip my 8 mile run on Sunday due to pain. I stressed over it some, but in all honesty, I wouldn’t have gained anything from doing it, so it’s all good. My hip feels better, the arches of my feet are no longer hurting, my only remaining problem is that my calves are slightly tight which is due to mistake #2 (I should have titled this, what NOT to do before your half).
What was mistake #2 you ask? Trying a spin class for the first time in over 5 years the week of your race. I know, I know, you’re all saying “no, you didn’t!” Yes, yes, I did! I’ve been itching to get back on my bike, and last week I rode for the first time in months, and my arm didn’t go to sleep, but my legs were sore afterwards, so I didn’t want to ride my bike this week. I figured in spin class I’d just dial down the resistance and keep it low, so I wouldn’t get sore. Well, maybe that’s not really possible. I walked out of the class knowing it was a mistake, but luckily, that was Tuesday night, and my calves are the only thing still feeling tight. I think they will be fine by Saturday morning.
Now, if only my 2 running buddies Gem and Kelly can get to feeling better too. They are both suddenly dealing with some pains. Gem is having some knee pain, and Kelly is dealing with shooting pains down both her arms this morning that sound a LOT like the pains I was having from the nerve in my neck that took months to get better. She is heading to see a chiropractor this morning to see if he can help her. I’m praying both of them feel better quickly and can enjoy the race. 😦
We load up at 12:50 and head out, so we should get to Savannah in time to check into our house 3 blocks from the finish line, and then head to the expo. The expo was amazing last year, and I can’t wait to check it out this year!
Good luck to any of you out there that are racing this weekend!