Oh, so much to say.
If the last post seemed better … composed … than the usual blog post, it’s because I was also writing it to run in the paper. Have I mentioned that I have the best job ever? OK, I’m not a full-time blogger, but it’s not so bad when I get to do a totally fun event like this and write about it for work for lots of people to see.
I’m totally sore today. Actually, way more sore than I was after the last marathon. In a different kind of way, though. After both marathons, I felt like my connective tissue was on fire. It was hard to move. I was an overstretched rubber band. Today I feel sore like after you do when you start lifting weights for the first time. Muscles I didn’t know I had are waking up. And they are brusied and angry. If my knees looked awful before … watch out.
Gettin’ some Scoopy kisses, there.
I realized running this race, and to a degree, Bands on the Run, that I really want to get into trail running. It has its downsides, namely that it isn’t as convenient, but its so NEW and NOVEL and FUN and SOFT that I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to get into it.
So on the way home Tony and I stopped at the New Balance Tent sale and I picked up a pair of trail running minimalist shoes. I have about a month left on my other sneakers so I figure its a low-pressure way to get into minimalist shoes. If I hate them, I have plenty of time to figure that out. If I love them, they only cost me $40! So I’ll let you know how that goes.
By the way — if you live in the Lewiston-Auburn area and have small feet (I don’t) — that tent sale is the shizz. You can get some very decent running shoes made in the USA for under $50. Unfortunately, they did not have many shoes greater than a size 8 and the shoes run small.
A casualty of the race was my heart-rate monitor. I don’t know what I was thinking when I wore it. I can tell you that for most of the race my heart rate was over 160 — even if our time was about 24-minute miles. I didn’t get to record an average, though, because it shorted out when I fell in the pond at the end. I’m optimistic it will dry out but the face is totally blank right now. My Timex Ironman heart rate monitor was NOT waterproof, despite what the box might have claimed. I did get some decent use out of it in the year I had it.
The long run this weekend was put on hold. I didn’t feel up to it after yesterday’s race. I am supposed to run 15 miles. I hope to get it in tomorrow night — it will take me three hours — or maybe on Wednesday.
Location:Hall St,Lewiston,United States