Now I know you are probably shocked to read this (ha!), but I actually have MORE to say about the half. In no particular order, here goes:
- The baby toe on my left foot was bothering me from about mile 8 on. Imagine my surprise when I took my shoes and socks off later to discover a blister almost the size of the entire toe. No wonder it was hurting!
- My supply-filled gym bag worked out great pre-race, but when Jeff asked me if he should have it at the end, I said it wouldn't be necessary. Of course I forgot that, and the last few miles of the run I couldn't wait to be done so I could rip the shoes and socks off my feet and put on my flip flops. Which were in the bag. Which was in the car. Sigh...best laid plans.
- Somehow I never connected that I would be outside, in the sun, at the beach, for hours during this run. Sunscreen? What??? I ended up with a sunburn on the back of my neck - ironic considering I spent time at the beach in both California and Hawaii this year, and never got sunburned. My own backyard? Buurrrnn. Defenses down, apparently.
- I have a new appreciation for Aquaphor after I stepped into the shower on Saturday afternoon, only to discover my Chafe of the Week: on my side, rubbed raw by my sports bra band. I hopped out, covered the angry red welt with the Aquaphor, and was able to shower without screaming.
- Partway through the race, maybe around mile 5, both Jenny and I noticed that our hands and fingers were really swollen - it was bizarre. Never had that happen before!
- Not only did I forget to bring my foam roller and/or Stick to help with recovery after the race, I couldn't take an ice bath as our hotel room only had a shower stall. I was definitely sore for a few days afterward, but not bad enough that I had to take any Motrin, which was surprising to me.
- I did have a massage on Monday, which was WONDERFUL. Very nice reward!
- Music was playing at Moody Gardens when we ran the last mile - I cracked up when the song "Stayin' Alive" came on...very appropriate!
This was at Stewart Beach, where the half started. I have no idea what those wood structures are on the beach - giant croquet set, maybe?
I had to include this picture of Kelly - she is so beautiful, both inside and out.
See the horizontal plaque waaay above my head, near the top of the door frame? That is the high water mark for Hurricane Ike - and this was in the Strand area of Galveston, which is over two miles inland...it was really incredible to walk around and see the remnants of the devastation that the hurricane brought on back in 2008. Equally impressive was the number of businesses that had rebuilt after being under water...we really enjoyed our short visit to Galveston and plan on returning again.
I'll be earning my Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow by running a Turkey Trot 5K - and I signed up my family, too! Max will run with me (he better not leave me in the dust), while Sam and Jeff will walk the 5K. And then, I will do my best to not overeat...to all of my American readers, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!