Ok, I know I said that I will get this out quicker than my last race recap and I think I did a pretty good job..kind of.
Grand Island Half Marathon Recap
I swear this race has to be jinxed. Last year, I came home from work the day before to find my dog Suzi had hurt herself somehow badly enough that I had to take her to the vet’s after the race. This year was no exception for the chaos the day before the race.
I took the Friday before off anticipating a nice relaxing three day weekend. Well, no such luck. Someone very dear to me needed me to take them to the emergency room because of chest pains. I freaked but calmly took him there. My cousin came in from California to run this race with me but I was fully prepared to ditch the race if he had to go through some of the tests they wanted him to that day. Luckily (and unluckily) the test was done on Monday so I was able to make it to the race but skip the post race party to get back to the hospital.
This was a little too fast for me. Given the fact that I didn’t sleep well the night before and my spotty training since March I knew I would be happy just to finish. I told my cousin that it was a little too hard and I should back it off a little to sustain me for the rest of the race.
Miles 3 – 9
I have to say a huge thank you to my cousin for pacing me. I’m not going say there wasn’t a little walking in between but she kept me going. I have a bad habit at looking at my watch at the mile markers and she did scold me just a little for that. She would get ahead and shout for me to catch up to her. She was my Sherpa, guiding me through those miles and giving me her water when I needed it.
Miles 10 – 13.1
Mile 10 is where everything started to come unhinged. I told my cousin to just go without me so she could finish in the time she wanted to.
The lack of training showed up here with my endurance but what really had me concerned was the major cramp in my right calf. My calves are always tight after a long run but this was beyond tight. Walking and trying stretch it out didn’t help. By the time I crossed the finish line the cramp went all the way down to my foot. If anyone can offer some advice on this I am all ears. I do have compression sleeves for my calves but unfortunately not with me then.
How have your races been? Any advice for bad muscle cramping?