One and a half weeks later….
Two Sundays ago, I ran my VERY first half marathon EVER. Not playing softball competitively has left me searching for a way to continue feeling like an athlete and thankfully I like to run. I like lifting too but the running community is so encouraging and supportive that it is hard not to feel like winner when you cross the finish line.
I have done multiple 5k’s, a 15k, and an obstacle run, but the half marathon was by far my favorite post-softball achievement. It was a something to be proud of because I trained over 12 weeks for this race. I knew it wouldn’t be easy so I had to prepare, just like I used to prepare for a tough pitcher by spending hours in the batting cage.
The pink (sweat pink!) laces were faded on race day, but I was counting on them to get me through their last 13.1 miles. The whole time I trained had been without music, so I decided to run the half unplugged as well. I focused on the beautiful Colorado scenery, the joy of running with my cousins, and the positive energy that all the excited runners were putting off.
I was nervous the altitude would get to me, and that running the Colfax half marathon for my first half would be a bad idea. It turned out that it was actually a good idea, and I am hoping it will make my next half that much easier :). My times was 2:09:15.
Immediately after crossing the finish line I felt dizzy. I knew if I didn’t keep moving there would be trouble. I actually lost Casey, my cousin, who had been with me and was in a state of tunnel vision. That dizzy black out feeling isn’t new to me, and I knew it just needed time to pass. Finally it had ceased and I collected some race goodies, a blueberry bagel and met up with family.
The first moment of recovery was the long walk back to my dads truck! It wasn’t planned but I think it helped so much to keep my muscles moving, even though they were super tired. I devoured a blueberry bagel on the walk back and began to think positive thoughts to keep my mind off the muscle fatigue… The rest of the day I drank tons of water, fruit punch Nuun tablets (LOVE), and stretched. Those Nuun tablets are so AWESOME. I drank the fruit punch flavor which was a very refreshing, yet light taste, that is meant to replenish. All i had to do was drop it in my water and it quickly dissolved into a bubbly beverage.
I also hydrated with Coconut water by mixing it with EAS Lite protein, and made sure to stretch and do lots of yoga the days following the half.
On day 4 post race, I did a short mile jog and body weight circuit. I have added lifting back into my routine and have been running up to three miles lately. For the summer I want to focus mostly on strength training and developing the muscles I need to condition the Whispers of Hope horses.
This was the workout I completed today:
It was a pretty quick workout that seems like a good base for adding to as your muscles get stronger and more conditioned!