While being on antibiotics, I did participate in the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday. I said "participate." It would have been worse for me not to participate. There is something very therapeutic about running along side the ocean. I was happy and my head was clear, it was freeing -- which is why I run in the first place. I certainly was not prepared and by mile 10, or there abouts, I started walking. I rarely walk a half marathon, but I was pretty tired. I walk/ran the rest of the way, making this race my slowest ever. Going slower than normal isn't a bad thing, it's actually good, because I saw a lot of friends (who were behind me) pass me up. I would not have seen them otherwise.
The bonus to this race is that I started and finished the race with blogger friend Penny. I'm not quite sure where we lost each other, but with the finish line around the corner Penny runs along side me and passes me. I figured I could muster up something to catch up with her and finish running. Much to my amazement we finished at the exact same time. I've never finished a race with a friend before, and I must say that it was wonderful to share finishing a long race with someone, and to share the joy of making it to the finish line.
We finished! 2:41:58.
(We did not plan to wear pink and black together. It just happened. )
This is also the very first time my husband finished ahead of me. I knew he would pass me up at some point, but it took me being sick and under-trained for him to do so. He even PRed by over a minute. The past several races he has run in have all been PRs. It's all about the training and not being sick or injured, that's for sure!
Post race with Hubs and Rich.
Bonus points that I didn't end up in the medical tent this year.
Song from Tuesday, January 18, 2011:
Rattled - The Traveling Wilburys