In September, I ran the Bo-Fest Half-Marathon in Cedar Rapids. I was so excited to run this, the first half-marathon in CR. I trained all summer, and felt prepared. But, an anxiety attack, a hamstring injury, and just a complete melt down resulted in me walking most of it, with a time of 3:14:13. Instead of getting better, it took me longer!
Off to the physical therapist to get my hamstring healed. No running for 6 weeks. Hamstring injury stems from hip problems, so still working on that. But it is improving every week.
October 17th was the IMT Des Moines Half-Marathon. I had signed up for it way back in April, with my friend C-Joy who had set a goal to walk the half. I said, sure, I would go, but I would run. Well, the injury prevented me from running, and since I still wanted to go, I was going to walk it. I walked the first 5 miles, then decided to try and run (very slowly) with walk breaks the last 8 miles. So I did--my hamstring felt ok. The freakin' blister on my right foot kept my mind off the hamstring, and kept me relaxed. I finished in 3:19:27. I was happy with my time, but I was going for 3:15. A potty stop, a band-aid stop, and stopping to help another participant with serious blister issues kept me from my goal. But I had a great time with C-Joy, her sister, Mom, and Turtle. I must say I kept looking up, expecting to see Bud along the route, since he's been with me for every half and the one full marathon I have done. I missed seeing him with his bike, taking pictures and giving me words of encouragement. But I was so proud of C-Joy! She came in under her goal time and did such a great job. I think I may have destroyed any chance of her walking another half again, tho. The stiffness and pain came roaring back on the two hour drive home, and both of us had a hard time getting out of the van and hobbling to our couches! Here are some pictures from our sunny Sunday in Des Moines:
|The picture is kinda lousy, but this is walking towards the start line|
|Heading towards the Capital Building|
|Ignorant of the pain we'll have 3 hours later...and freezing!|
|Free beer? Hello!|
I can say now with absolute certainty that walking a half-marathon is much harder than running one. Trust me. Yes, there is pain with both, but with walking, you have much more time to dwell on it, and wonder, "What the hell? I'm just walking! It shouldn't hurt this bad!" With running, you know it will hurt, and accept it as part of the package. Plus, it's over quicker! Who knows what races I will enter next year, or how far and fast I will run. I will leave that up to the 2011 Sue, not 2010 Sue. She needs a break!