I just realized I never wrote about my ½ marathon! I completed my eighth half marathon on November 20th in LaPorte, TX as part of the Texas Bridge Series running events. Originally I was going to run all three races with my Aunt Laura, but she ended up dropping out of the last race so she could watch my cousin (her son) in a swim meet. I was thiiiiiiis close to saying screw it and not participating but I kept chanting in my head “you never regret a workout” and “you paid $65 for this thing, get your money worth” and “I really want my two extra medals I get when I finish this race”.
I started the race figuring I could at least walk the entire way, even if I couldn’t run that far. It might be painful, but I knew I could finish it. The course looped around really close to my car and I sooooooo wanted to turn that direction and head to my car quietly, but I decided to keep going. I can do this thing!
I made friends along the course as I usually do. Why suffer in silence for 13.1 miles when I can talk to keep myself busy? I’m a talker, y'all! I can’t go without talking for that long (even though a bucket list item is to go to a week-long silent retreat!). The miles past relatively quickly and before I knew it I was on my way back over the bridge.
My feet felt great with my new shoes and I made sure to stretch while eating my race recovery food.
The funny part is that you get a finisher’s mug that said “Beef Loving Texan” but I am plant based and don't eat meat at all anymore. I could still use the cup but I have so many that I just gave it away to my Aunt since she couldn’t be there.