Today I ran an easy 6 miler. Nothing much to say about it. It was hot, uneventful, and slow. At least I broke the 12 mm mark even with the heat. Now off to hydrate and eat for my first 18 miler on Sunday.
I ran the Chicago Marathon this weekend (once again!) and had a lot of fun. It was a hot race, as Chicago has been famous lately for, but I was still able to improve on my post knee surgery times and inching closer to my old times little by little. Managed 4:58:51, an 11 minute post surgery "PR" and closer to my best times of 4:34, which I have not been even able to see in 2+ years. I really didn't expect to see a 4 until later this year, if at all, so I was really happy to have managed to break 5 hours once again.
As every year in the last five (5) years, I ran one of my favorite races in my favorite city. The Chicago Marathon is an amazing race and I noticed that from the first time I ran the course (I DNFd that year) and every year since. I am going for legacy status so that I can get guaranteed entry and I am one year short of it, so I hope to complete it next year (hoping they don't change the rules, ha).
For those that don't know this, an asshole hit …
Well, 2016 ended up with someone T-boning me before Christmas Eve and me not having my car back for 3 weeks. That's fine. Training had been going well for Houston up until that point. My neck was a bit fucked up after the accident but a couple of adjustments and I felt A-OK. But a week after the accident, my knee started feeling funky, my hamstring and calf also sore. I could run with it and no pain, just an ache was present, so I did not think anything of it. 2017 came in and I was tapering for Houston.
Then, on my last run before Houston, so much pain. I couldn't even walk afterwards. No matter how much tape and massages I did before Houston, the pain was always there. I started the marathon knowing I wouldn't finish. I did 1.92 miles according to my Garmin, none of which were painless. Walked back to the hotel and iced the knee until my husband finished the half marathon.
I have a torn meniscus. Most likely caused by the car accident, according to my doctor…
Last Saturday, I ran the Indy Monumental Half Marathon with my husband. Coming from two weekends of marathons, I thought it would be a nice break to run it with my husband and taking it easy. We had a great trip and had a great time at the race, coming in two minutes slower than his HM PR from Seattle earlier this year.
I had run the Indy Marathon last year with my BFF Mary and we had a great time, but I had a tough time during the marathon with my asthma and my medication side effects (exhaustion, weight gain, etc.) that I did not have at all this year. However, I did not want to run another marathon (well, I did, but mentally I needed a break) before Space Coast later this month, so taking it easy and running the half worked perfectly.
When we looked for flights to Indy, the flights were pretty expensive (contrary to last year), so we started looking for airports nearby. We remembered that Fiona the Hippo was already a sensation at the Cincinnati Zoo, so we checked flights to C…