That’s right, I’m back at it. After moving to SC from AZ almost three years ago, my racing career slowed down considerably. Mostly because I missed my racing buddies Ems, Carrie, Anna, Brian, Rob and so many others. It just wasn’t the same to be at the start line having to keep all of my nervous energy to myself.
I also suffered a few injuries along the way. Shortly after moving, I was playing in the surf with the dog and fractured my foot. I didn’t realize that I’d hurt myself until midway through a 15-mile run weeks later. It was a long walk limping home and a couple months of recovery.
I did a few races after that healed but soon found myself battling with plantar fasciitis that has been bothering me for almost a year. Right after planning to run the Savannah Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon with my besties was when I had such bad heel pain that it hurt just to walk. I was hoping to start my training in July and then pushed it to August. While I was slightly better, I postponed training until September but ended up injuring my heel again as we were dealing with hurricane prep and then clean up.
Needless to say, I never really ended up training. Fortunately, I decided to give a cheap pair of orthotics a try and they seemed to do the trick…a few months too late though. Race day was quickly approaching and I was just beginning my training. My total miles of training for the race ended up being about 13 miles.
Luckily Carrie found an option to run the half as a relay team. I quickly emailed the race company to see if they would let us switch since we were both recovering from injuries and they said it wasn’t a problem. I figured I was still in shape from cycling and swimming so half of a half was the perfect solution.
Emily and Carrie arrived in Savannah on Thursday evening. It was great to see them and get caught up. Friday we hit the expo and Carrie and I got everything switched over to the relay and we were officially Team Drumstick Adventures. She decided to run the first leg since it was supposed to be more scenic (after seeing her pictures, I’m pretty sure I had the more scenic leg). I didn’t mind taking the second leg which gave me more time to get through my “pre-race ritual.”
We spent the rest of the day wandering around town, experiencing Savannah. We took an interesting tour of the Prohibition Museum and had a cocktail in their little speakeasy. We walked even more trying to find a place for dinner that wasn’t overbooked and ended up at the Mellow Mushroom. Pizza isn’t our normal pre-race dinner, but we got our carbs and were ready for bed.
Since we could walk to the start, it felt like we slept in on race morning, with our alarms set for 6am. I walked to the start to wish Emily and Carrie good luck then headed back to the hotel to get some work done. Carrie was sending me updates and cruising through her leg, so it wasn’t long before I had to make my way to the transition to start my run. It had warmed up a bit, but the temperature was still comfortable when Carrie came running past and I headed out.
Because I hadn’t really trained, I had a hard time holding a steady pace and not going too fast. The miles kept ticking by and I felt great. I had a little shin pain but that quickly went away. My heel wasn’t hurting and I was able to find a good groove. As I hit mile 12 I sent Carrie a text to let her know I was close to the end.
At mile 13 she snapped a quick picture of me and we took off for the finish line. Since Carrie is more of a walker, it was a rare event for us to finish together. Our combined effort put us in the top 25% of finishers! Emily had a great finish too and now has 50 half marathons in the books – she’s a machine! Surprisingly I wasn’t sore after the race and I’m looking forward to picking our next race together and actually being able to train properly!