This race was like ripping off a band aid for me. It was my first race in 10 months (!) and who knows where all that time went. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was whining about my plantar fasciitis and had no doubt that I would never get better. I am so glad I was patient and took the time to rebuild strength and assure myself of an injury-free season this summer. I was stoked to kick off the season on Sunday!
I signed up for the Women's Snohomish Run because I have always been intrigued by an all women's race because it gives women the chance to have the spotlight. I also thought it would be fun to get an overall placing, which is usually trumped by men. It's always fun to mix things up and try something new so I was excited to spend the morning with other women who are excited to wake up and run!
I came in second over all with some horrible splits; apparently I lost the ability to pace during my 10 months of no racing. I was in total no-mans land the entire race which definitely contributed to my lack of motivation the second half. I kept looking behind my shoulder and couldn't see a single soul. I hate to say it, but it crossed my mind that being in a co-ed race is nice because there is always someone to run with. The course was also pretty boring; it was an out and back on a flat road that looked the same the whole way. Regardless, I felt relatively good and have recovered without any hiccups since Sunday. I didn't quite run what my fitness has suggested during workouts, so we will call this a learning experience. My next race is the Vancouver marathon in June so I am switching gears and jumping into things quickly!
Thanks to Snohomish Running Company and all the sponsors for putting on this race, I look forward to watching this event grow. Big thanks to Seattle Running Club and Brooks Running for supporting my endeavors. Feeling geared up for the big 26.2!
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.