The Flower City Half Marathon that I completed on Sunday was relatively uneventful and that’s exactly what I wanted. I don’t know my exact time, somewhere around 1:43 and change. It might be my slowest half, but that was kind of the point. I ran with my Strong Hearts teammate Brian and I think he got a PR. The four of us that ran all had fun. It rained a bit and was colder than expected, but I had a great time.
My Achilles started to feel weird around mile 7, but it never felt like I couldn’t keep going. My goal was to finish without further damage to the area. Mission complete.
I was very happy it was only 13 miles for two reasons. The first being I probably would have injured myself more if it was too much longer, the second being how tired I felt. I remember telling Brian right before the start that I could have fallen asleep standing right there. Once the race got going I felt pretty good.
Actually, around mile 8, I felt sad that I only had 5 miles left because I knew I wouldn’t be running for a while. When I finished, I was happy because I know it’s time to rest. I need to rest. In doubt, rest.
My plan for the next few weeks is to make sure my Achilles is completely solid before running again. Even if it is, I don’t really have plans to run at all actually. I am exhausted. I feel like I have run a marathon. I need that level of rest right now.
I got my results from Inside Tracker today and have not analyzed them yet, but will do so and make adjustments accordingly.
Right now I am focusing on being an effective manager for Strong Hearts and just chilling. It sounds super lax and whatever, but that exactly what I need right now. I don’t have goals like meditate everyday or read a million books. I don’t want to do anything really like that. For now, I’m just taking some time off of focus.
Work, school, rest, eat. Rinse and repeat.