Time to get ready for the next one…

I am still giddy from my race this past weekend. I still can’t believe I finished, and finished so strong. The results were posted and my official time was 2:20:25. Far from fast, but now I have a starting point and it can only get better from here, right? Well, that’s what I hope. I have already signed up for my second half marathon. I need something to keep me motivated! This time I signed up for the Edmonton (half) Marathon, which is held August 25th, with my friend Jen! This will be her first half marathon so we are going to arrange for a few Saturday runs to train together. I did all my training on my own last time so we’ll see if training with someone else will benefit me. It will be a much larger race than the one I ran on Sunday so I am so excited to see how they compare!

I haven’t done much activity wise since Sunday. I woke up Monday morning with such. sore. legs. I went to work but left around 2:30 because I couldn’t stand sitting still anymore. I am so over this office work! I had booked myself an appointment to get a massage so I relaxed at home for a while and then drove over to get my massage. Can you believe I have never had a massage before? The therapist I had was shocked. I haven’t had any major aches or pains before, sorry lady! I will be making these massages a priority now though; I loved every minute of it. She didn’t use very hard pressure on me since it was my first time and my legs were obviously pretty tender, but next time I will be asking for more pressure. It was glorious though. My legs are starting to feel back to normal now. I’ve been stretching and trying to avoid stairs as much as possible to prevent further strain. I have to get back to the gym and get some elliptical sessions in or something though. August is going to come up fast and I want to be even more prepared for this next race.

Training is going to be a little sloppy for the rest of June and into the beginning of July. In two weeks I will be flying home to Ontario for eleven days. Once I am there I am taking a trip to New York for four days with one of my best friends. The rest of the time will be spent catching up with my family and friends and I couldn’t be any more excited about it. I haven’t been home since October and that was for a friend’s wedding and only lasted a weekend. I need some quality time with some of my favourite people.

We had some crazy weather this afternoon with tornado warnings in place. We only got thunder/lightning/hail, but it was insane nevertheless. Good night!

This is one that we don’t wanna miss

Current Music: Randy Houser – Runnin’ Out of Moonlight

Well I am happy to report my leg is already feeling a lot better. It makes me giddy just typing that out!    All day at work the only thing I had on my mind was taking a bubble bath, so once I got home last night (and after receiving some bad news), I hopped into an Epsom salt filled tub for an hour with my music and no lights on and relaxed. I got out of the bath and did a little bit more stretching and miraculously my leg felt amazing. I could take a step without cringing! This is amazing news considering my race is only 3 days away!  See what happens when I stop being so negative?  I’m going to take it easy the next couple of days and no more running or strength training until Sunday. I’ll get to the gym and do a couple elliptical sessions, but that’s it! Gah, so nervous!

I mentioned I got a bit of bad news last night, so I’m going to get a little dramatic for a minute.    D got home from work last night after being away for two weeks which is amazing, but he found out he has to leave again on Saturday for an even longer period of time. He won’t be waiting for me at the finish line on Sunday. I know that is definitely far from being the end of the world, but I am really upset about it. I don’t have much support out here to begin with, so I was really hoping he’d be there to cheer me on. Oh well, there is nothing we can do about it and anyways, this race isn’t about him, it is about finding the strength inside of ME to get across that finish line. I know he feels terrible about it so I’m trying not to sulk too much. I have a couple friends stopping by, one of them is running the 5K race so I won’t be totally alone at the end.

I better get back to work. I have to leave early today so there’s a few more things I need to check off of my to-do list before I head out. Happy Thursday!!