Apparently Not Even a Car Accident Keeps Me from Running
October 27, 2009 § 1 Comment
Now, to my defense, I wasn’t injured in the accident. Other than a small scratch on my neck from the seatbelt and some soreness in my neck for a few days, I was fine. Unfortunately, my car didn’t fare so well.
Looking back, I think I was a little “off” after the Dodge Ram rammed into the back of my SUV because I recall standing on the side of the freeway waiting for the highway patrol to show up to the accident and thinking about where I was sore and whether or not it would affect my running. The accident was on Thursday and the race was on Saturday and most of my friends and family thought I was a little crazy for sticking with my plan to run it, but it all turned out great in the end.
The weather was perfect on Saturday. There were a couple hundred runners for the half marathon, which was great because it wasn’t crowded like the PF Chang’s half marathon where I had to dodge runners the entire time. The course consisted of a few miles down hill to start and then a long stretch of really dusty canal paths. I got dirt just about everywhere! It was caked on the lower half of my legs; it was in my eyes, ears and nose; even my socks got covered in dirt through my shoes! It was pretty impressive.
Other than the dirt, the biggest issue I had was the 3 mile uphill finish. The real kicker was the steep hill at the last ¼ mile. By that time, I was tired, hot and hungry; but all that seemed to melt away as I rounded the corner and saw my husband standing at the top of the hill waiting for me.
It took a few days to recover, but I’m looking forward to a nice run tonight and breaking in my new running shoes.
BTW: my husband is too modest to admit that he did an awesome job at running the 5k, so I am going gloat on his behalf. He got 1st place in his age group! Go, Jake!