The North Face Endurance Challenge is a mere 32 days away. Earlier this year I put this race on my calendar with intentions of running my second 50 mile race. When I became injured in early June, I thought I may have to drop down to the 50k. Well I was out of commission for much longer than I expected, and was hoping to be running in time to run the half marathon. I am now officially registered, and I cannot wait! It will not be a fast race for me. In fact, it may be a run/walk depending on how my foot feels. But I will be racing none the less and I can’t tell you how excited that makes me.
I have been running every three days or so, all trails, all at a super easy pace. My foot seems to be holding up pretty well. It gets tight every time I run, but it doesn’t get any worse afterwards or the next day, so I think I am on the right track. I am also getting treatments twice a week at work to get myself back into balance. The last thing I want is to go full steam ahead with my body all out of whack and end up right where I started. I am grateful to be running again, even if it is a just a tiny bit compared to where I was before. I have to admit it is frustrating to see my average pace so slow, but I know over time if I work hard and play things right my speed will start to come back.
Two weekends ago Steve and I did a 6 mile run/walk at my favorite place, Lapham Peak.
And this past weekend we met up with our friends Cindy and Scott at Scuppernong. I ran 7.5 miles before I forced myself to stop (see, playing it smart!), while Steve and Cindy continued on for a total of 12 miles.
Running friends are the best!