Flying Pig Half Marathon Race Report
Monday, May 03, 2010
Did anyone catch the weather report for Ohio yesterday? Well, it was wet. Really wet. Like monsoon wet. Scary wet. We ran the Flying Pig in the rain. It rained before it started, while we were at the starting line, while we were running, while we were cheering for other people, while I was driving home, while I was in the shower, while we were at our celebration party. Get the picture???
My shoes are still wet. My iPod doesn't work any more. One of my friends told me to put it in a bowl of rice to get it dried out, so it's sitting in a bowl of rice right now. Hopefully that will do it!
But anyway, the race was a lot of fun. Nope, I didn't PR - I was 12 minutes off of my half PR, but I'm truly OK with it. I finished a half marathon on the 6 month anniversary of my hip surgery. 6 months isn't a whole lot of time, when you think about it. So, I am OK with it. And, judging by how my right leg/hip feels right now, it's still weaker than the other one.
Now I can focus on my next goal: running a marathon in under 5 hours (Oct. 17 in Columbus). That wouldn't be a PR, but it would be a major improvement over the last marathon I ran - Pig 2009. I have several races in between - Hyde Park Blast 4 miler, Chicago Rock'n' Roll half marathon, and maybe the Air Force half marathon too. Not to mention all the charity 5K's I am going to run...
I am proud of myself and how far I've come in the past 6 months, though. I am still not a fast runner, but my speed is getting better with every week. For the past few I have been tapering, so I have laid off the XT. But now I'm going to bring it back 100%, starting with today.