Last weekend I completed my second half marathon.
You guys! Do you know what this means?? The first time wasn’t a fluke! This is the real deal, y’all. I am indeed an endurance athlete. In fact, I have fallen so far in to the running hole I’m not sure I can even see the circle of light high above my head anymore. Why, within forty-eight hours after my completion of this miraculous feat I went and signed myself up for four more races.
There I was with legs that were so sore they were about to fall right off and I was all like, “here races have all of my money! More sore please!”
This is getting serious you guys. After this race I decided it would be best if I took a week off to let my muscles recuperate from the hills on account of that’s what the internet told me to do, but really all I have spent this week thinking about is how badly I want to be running. Or at least that’s what I think about when I’m not thinking about my foam roller. My days lately have been pretty much all about looking forward to that moment when I can be reunited with my bff the foam roller. Oh how I love that foam roller! IT HURTS SO GOOD.
Let’s just take a second to go back and talk about those aforementioned hills, though. It was about six days before this half marathon that it finally hit me just how lucky we were to have had such a perfectly flat course for our first half marathon back in October. As I began looking more in to the course for the race in Austin, the only thing I ever read in the recaps was blah blah blah hills blah hills hills hills blah blah HILLS. Did you know that Austin Texas is home to all of the hills? Because I had no idea. When I hear “Texas” I think “flat”. How very wrong I was. I mean, those hills were never ending! We did some rough guessing after the race and we estimated that there were at least ten hills in those 13.1 miles. At least!
But that was kind of the best part about finishing this race last Sunday. Not only did I run the entire thing from beginning to end without a single walk break, but I also ran what will undoubtedly be one of the most challenging courses I will ever run.
And knowing I am capable of that feels pretty damn fantastic.