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.
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!
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.
Cheers everyone! Where is your next race?