This isn’t a running blog, but so many of you wished me well with my sore throat and my race, I thought I’d let you know how things went. As it turned out, I had strep throat and started a course of antibiotics on Friday. My throat was so painful, I realized it was not something I was going to be able to kick on my own, so I am glad I got in to see my doctor before the weekend. By Saturday afternoon, my throat was still sore but at least it no longer felt as if I had been stabbed multiple times. I was not 100% by race morning on Sunday, but I was 85% and it was the best I’d felt in several days!
Race day dawned nice and wet, with light snow turning to slush. I was the third leg of the relay, so I had a good 2 hours to wait around until the first two runners completed their portions. My distance was 7 miles. Back in the fall, 7 miles would have seemed like a breeze, but given the winter we’ve had, my own and my children’s illnesses and my inability to get out and run more than twice a week lately, it was a tad daunting. But I gave myself permission to take it really slow, to race it not for time but just to finish, and to simply enjoy it. And so I did. And I think simply because I was enjoying it, I ran faster than I thought I could, completing my 7 miles in 61 minutes. It’s certainly not my best time, I’ve run a half-marathon at a faster pace, but given the strep throat and my overall level of fitness, I am thrilled with that result. I would have been happy to be at a 10 minute pace and it turns out I was running under 9 minutes. All of which reaffirms for me how much I love running, and how quickly I will be able to get my fitness level back after the snow is gone. I am looking forward to spring!
And in case you are wondering, that’s me in the blue hat with my bib number still on!