I have felt INSANELY happy and satisfied all day today.
Why? Because I raced a half marathon. The Urban Wildland Half Marathon. First race since the stress fracture.
And oh how I have missed it. It’s one of those things that you don’t realize just how much you have missed it until you are in the moment.
Waking up with nervous excitement. Pinning on my race bib. Doing warm up run with the group. Chatting with runners who I’ve met through various groups and events over the last 8 years. Seeing the spectators and their fun signs. Hearing little kids cheering “You can do it. I KNOW you can do it”. Implementing my race strategy – a negative split! Pushing myself – mentally and physically – through the hard moments. Stopping to help a fallen runner and share my water bottle with him until help arrived. Crossing the finish line knowing that I gave it my best and met my pace goal.
Even though my race time was 7 minutes slower than my PR – it was all that I could do with my current fitness and I loved loved loved every second of it. It was all good. So so good. I am SO thankful to be back running and racing.
Exactly one year ago I was experiencing so much anger. And the next day I spilled my heart out about the emotional impact of my injury and confessed that I wonder if I’ll ever be able to run again. Now, it’s all good.