Saturday, August 16, 2008
Asphalt: My Kryptonite
Or "My Parkerburg 1/2 Marathon Race Report"
Whew, I don't know what is wrong with me today! Post race, I feel like crap!! I feel like I've run a hard ultra rather than a 1/2 marathon1!
This was about the nicest weather I've run the Parkersburg 1/2 marathon in. It was quite cool at the start at 8am. About ten steps into the race, I could feel the big rock that is still nestled in my right quad. Left quad was fine, no strain or pain there! The pain continued as I ran. I haven't run the P1/2M in the last two years, so I was amusing myself as I ran, trying to remember what was up ahead on the course. My quad felt quite painful on the downhills, and I actually felt better running on the uphills-yeah go figure!
I think I was favoring my leg a bit, since then my hamstring on the same leg began to hurt. The asphalt was not being kind to me. Eventually both my hip flexors started to hurt also. I stopped at a water stop to fill my hand held, and walked a few steps-and WOW, that hurt more to walk than to run! So I kept running!
Parkersburg puts on a real nice race. There is a bunch of people who camp out at the end of their driveways and cheer on the runners. Water stops are plentiful and full of enthusiatic volunteers.
In the last 1/2 mile, I passed quite a few women who were now walking. I chicked one guy but he doesn't count, since he was trying to coax two female friends into running to the finish.
Once I got home, I did the ice bath thing. Then I took a two hour nap. Then I got up and ate a tomato and cheese sandwich. And I still feel like crap! My quad feels okay, but the hamstring is still sore. We're invited to our friend's house down the road, so I may walk/stumble down there and see if I can work out some kinks.
I've been invited to run on Gabe's trail loop Sunday. I may go and just walk a loop of it. I've got a race Friday night to rest up for!