Let me fill you in on the trip, especially the reading and running highlights!
(I'll warn you that this "brief" update post turned into a rather long vacation review, reading discussion, and race report, so...just read the highlights that interest you most, I guess? BEAR WITH ME PEOPLE, I'M STILL IN VACATION MODE.)
Our first stop was at Sesame Place down in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. We added Sesame on to the front of our summer vacation last year as well, because our kids are at PERFECT ages for it (2.5 and 5), and it's a fun way to kick off a big trip. This year, we broke family records by staying at the park for NINE HOURS. My kids are serious troopers for hanging in there that long!! We had a great day, then hopped in the car and let the kids sleep while we drove to a hotel in Maryland.
|The Happiest Place on Earth (for kids who have not yet been introduced to the actual Happiest Place on Earth)|
|Up in the gym just workin' on my fitness. Pretty sure someone famous said that.|
|More of this please.|
|View while reading. Not sad about it.|
|My sunrise view during yoga on the deck. Seriously? Stop it.|
I got to the race site near Currituck lighthouse early to register, then spent some time stretching, warming up, and exploring the area. The race started a little after 8am, which in Corolla means HOT HOT HOT. It was 81 degrees with 96% humidity, to be exact. YEAH. For an upstate New Yorker, that is literally trial by fire, because I can't remember the last time I ran in those conditions. Between the heat and my leg, I decided to keep myself going no faster than 8:30 pace, and just push as comfortably as I could.
The race started, and a minute or so in, I looked at my watch to see 7:45 pace. Nope nope nope. I dialed it back and fell pretty comfortably into the 8:30 range. I finished mile 1 at 8:35 and felt surprisingly good. Mile 2, I encountered the one water station and decided to walk through it. I knew I NEEDED the water, and the thought of choking down 1-2 mouthfuls while I ran was not appealing. I still managed to complete the second mile in 8:55.
As expected, the heat was getting to me badly by the third mile, but I still finished it out at 9:03 pace, for a final result of 27:27, good enough for 2nd in my age group. Not bad!! Only about 1 minute off a PR in fact, and that's damn good for those conditions. I attribute much of it to the fact that my legs were very (very very?) well rested from no running lately, and that I put zero pressure on myself, since I did this race at the last minute anyway.
|Sweaty me + medal + Currituck Lighthouse|
(I did pay for it with my leg afterwards though. OW OW OW. Le sigh. Damn injured leg.)
Anywho, after that 5K, all my other working out for the week went out the window. I will admit that I had MORE than my fair share of wine last week, participated in a lot of late nights laughing with our friends and playing ridiculous rounds of Cards Against Humanity, and ate a lot of not-workout-friendly foods like Duck Donuts and cookies and ice cream sandwiches.
|In case you've never met Duck Donuts. LET ME INTRODUCE YOU.|
Does taking a running break suck? OH YEAH. Watch my face turn green with envy every time a runner goes past my house. I find it mentally painful to open my newest edition of Runner's World right now. If it's possible for a Garmin to rust, I'm sure mine is currently doing it. But if I have to find the bright side, then I will, because I can't let a speed bump get me down. (More on this in a later post...)
Oh man, are you loving my rambling today, or what??? I have lots of upcoming posts for you though, and I promise they will be better organized! I owe you a Shoreline Half race recap, I have a bunch of mini-book-reviews to publish, and I have some deep thoughts about running to share in the wake of this injury. STAY TUNED!