Apologies for another long absence. I’ve been soaking up all the Christmas cheer and food there is to be found, and running has been far from my mind.
Within a week or two after the half marathon in Hershey (spoiler alert: I finished the race, although nearly 15 minutes slower than last year), I started to ache again during runs, but I was determined to give the Philly Half Marathon a go. I averaged less than 8 miles a week in the time leading up to my final race of 2015, but I didn’t want to further injure myself.
|Water/walk break at the Hershey Half Marathon|
On race day, I was nervous (although not as nervous as at Hershey), and I was also a little bummed that I wasn’t about to attempt my second marathon.
Still, I gave the race my all, and just like last year, I had a blast on the Philly course. I find the Philly Half to be one of the best city races (Rock ‘n Roll and other urban races have really boring courses, with far too much time spent along West River Drive). Even though we covered West Kelly Drive and many roadways that were far overdue for repaving (along South Street, a woman tripped and face planted a few paces ahead of me), I was immensely entertained during my 13.1 miles.
Alas, I was hurting, and I was so grateful when the finish line came into view. I finished the half at a pace slower than last year’s full marathon, but at least I finished.
Since I obviously still had not recovered from my shin splints/stress fractures/whatever annoying things they are, I made the decision to take the rest of 2015 completely off from running. Taking several days, or even two weeks, off at a time wasn’t helping any.
So I’ve been mostly sitting and eating and celebrating. My self-imposed timeout will come to an end on January 3, and needless to say, I am VERY anxious how about those first runs back will be. I will definitely be easing myself back in gradually. In the meantime, I am cycling through a full six weeks of the Butt Bible again (sounds silly, but it’s what got me into running in the first place).
I’ll be MIA through the end of the year, but I hope to be back to posting (and running) in the new year.
Until then, merry Christmas!