Tennessee Racecation

I got my legs back yesterday.  Well, somewhat.  Certainly not at 100% at all, but my legs and feet are capable of running.  Couldn’t say that a few days ago, as I could barely get down the stairs.  Progress!  Hurray for progress!

That being said, my outlook for the next race on my calendar became a thousand times better after my first recovery run last night.  Yep, took it easy, but got out the door about 7pm last night and hit the hood for a comfortable, yet slow two miler.  I wasn’t trying to set any records, in fact I really was just trying to prove to myself that I still had the goods.  It was still a little wobbly and painful, but I got it done.

What does this mean then?  Well, immediately after my run, while still sweating, I jumped on my computer to make sure that I found a nice cabin in the woods for my race this weekend.  I had purposely not booked anything yet, not knowing if I could even think about attempting a Half after suffering such painful legs after this past weekend.  So, here are the details.

Accommodations booked, race guide reviewed and full on plan is in the works.

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I am driving to Townsend, Tennessee tomorrow morning.  A long drive, for sure, but the views will be worth it.  I will be running (slowly) the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon on Saturday morning.  A point to point race from Maryville to Townsend along the Little River.  Views should be fantastic, sounds of the great outdoors all around.  Do I hear banjos?  Oh, side note, the scab just fell off my right nipple from last weekends marathon.  Yes, I forgot to lube up the nips prior to the race last weekend.  That won’t happen this time!

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The weather is looking great, and I plan on enjoying this race and my time in the Smokies.  Vacation Races is putting on this inaugural event on Saturday morning, and I couldn’t be happier to join in.  Hopefully I will see some of my running friends there.

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Cheers everyone!  Where is your next race?