Wouldn't it be so anti-climatic if it wasn't me? Anyway, no fear because it is! I really wish you guys could see how incredibly happy I am today. I had a pretty big letdown last weekend when I tried to run, and still had some sharp pain in my ankle. Of course I was bummed because I wanted to run, but also because it meant I couldn't run in the Miami Rock N' Roll Half Marathon that I was registered for.
I won the race entry from Amanda, and planned to head down to Miami this weekend for the VIP treatment. (Seriously VIP - Amanda met Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan this morning. I am incredibly jealous!) But the physical state I was in meant I just couldn't do it. No way could I run (or walk) 13 miles. Yesterday in a state of self pity I biked 36 miles in front of the TV. Gotta love the Hallmark Channel at Christmas time - right?
Today I decided I might as well give running one more try. I hopped on the treadmill and walked 3 miles first, and then ran 1/4 mile. No pain, but I walked a few minutes again to be safe. Ran 1/2 mile. No pain...so then I ran 1.25 miles. Hooray!
I didn't want to push it by running anymore, but cardio-wise I felt completely fine. The rest of my body was like, "WHAT? Running? WHY?" Knees, ankles and hips all felt funky for a few minutes until they got used to this running thing again.
Luckily, someone was able to use my bib today at the Miami Race so it didn't go to waste. That girl happened to be incredibly speedy, which is awesome for me, because of this:
How amazing is this? Yeah, a PR by 20 minutes and I didn't even show up. THAT'S HOW AWESOME I AM. Thank you, thank you very much. Apparently I'm getting a medal in the mail, which is beyond awkward. I will pose with it, pretend I'm a speed demon and then mail it on to the real winner.
Have you ever let someone race under your name, raced under someone else's name, or even just skipped a race?
I had to skip a couple of races in my life, but this one might be the most disappointing. I've never raced with someone's bib though. So glad someone got a chance to use mine today!
Have you ever met a famous runner? Who would you like to meet most?
No, no one famous yet! I think if I could meet anyone....I'll hop on the bandwagon and say Kara Goucher. She was the first elite female runner I ever heard about - maybe a year ago?