Ran 4 miles for the first time since the big race on Sunday. Admittedly, I went to my exercise class on Tuesday. Basically I have given myself about one day rest since running the marathon. Some may think that is crazy but I have quickly realiized that i’m similar to a junkie needing a fix. I feel horrible when I do not run.
Physically, I still have some tightness in my quads. I knew that would happen when I began running the four mile hills to end the race. I remember thinking, “i’m gonna hurt for this” as I was battling the hills. Sure enough. Other than tight quads, I am doing great.
Now….I’m preparing for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day at Lake Hefner. This is an 8K run (about 5 miles). I will run this race fairly quickly because 45 minutes after my race begins, my little son will compete in his first race. This race is called the “Little Gobbler.” The Little Gobbler is a grueling race for tiny ones that is equivalent to a 50 yard dash. I really want to see him run. I bought him special (fast, according to Frank) shoes.
After the Turkey Trot, I will begin looking forward to the Midwest City Holiday Lights Run. Finally, I will end the year in Tulsa running the “Bringing in the New Year Run.” This run is held just before midnight so the runnners are on the course when the New Year comes in.
In the distance……..I have not made it official but I am strongly considering the Little Rock Marathon and then the Memorial (OKC). By then I will have joined a running club (OKC Landrunners).
A few posts ago I mentioned one journey ending. That journey is over and i’m thrilled to reflect on its highs and lows. I am now embarking on new journeys. I want to push my boundaries and take in as much of life as I can. I want to bring others along with me and help them realize they’re potential. I want to inspire my family members and friends to live healthy lives and to support healthy living. I’ve found a really rewarding world that is running and want others to experience directly by running or indirectly by living vicariously through me.