After a wild summer, running is starting to make it’s way back into my routine. This is my first update since June 30th, 2019.
Before high school I did a little bit of track and field, competing in the long jump event. In high school, most of my athletic energy was focused on marching band. That interest faded in college, and nothing really took it’s place. Several years passed until 2018, the year I started taking running seriously. Around August 2018 I committed by signing myself up for the Conqur LA Challenge, a set of 3 races of increasing distance, starting with 10K and concluding with the LA Marathon. I finished that marathon race in March, 2019.
For this season, I’ve signed up for three new events:
- Lululemon SeaWheeze Virtual Half Marathon (August 22nd, 2019)
- Lexus LaceUp Palos Verdes (Half Marathon) (November 16th, 2019)
- Big Sur International Marathon 2020 (April 26th, 2020)
The first race already finished. I struggled my way through 13.1 miles for the SeaWheeze Virtual Half Marathon. This is how it works. I chose my own route. I ran and I recorded the activity with the Strava app. Once I finished the run and uploaded it to Strava, I was notified of my position relative to other runners. In 6-10 weeks a medal will arrive by mail. Weird!
I was not nearly as well prepared for this race as my last half marathon. And I didn’t have the boost that comes with race day adrenaline, since I was on my own. It took me 3 hours to finish. I kind of miss the buzz of energy that usually comes with race day. It’s really fun to be part of a big pack of runners. It just wasn’t the same running by myself.
A few days after SeaWheeze I am still sore. I regret skipping the usual Epsom salts bath. Other recovery methods don’t seem to be as effective. Word to the wise.
I have a few months to ramp up and prepare for the Palos Verdes half marathon in November. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go!
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