Had one of the best Saturdays ever. You know, the kind where everything in the universe goes right and you think to yourself.....wow...I will never forget this day. That is how I felt about Saturday June 21st. Most of you know that I have been battling a tendonitis injury from last summers marathon training. Finally was able to start running a few weeks ago. I decided at the last minute to sign up for a half marathon because why not right? Ha! Ha! Dan and I did not train for it, we were totally not in shape to do it, but who cares, you only live once!
I signed us up for Berry Dairy Days in Burlington. It is a flat scenic course on the levy that runs next to the Skagit river. We did this race last year and swore we would never do it again. The gravel road is full of large rocks and will begin hurting your feet around mile 8. With that being said, I cannot believe that I am about to tell you that this was the most enjoyable half marathon that I have ever run. No timers, no watch, no worrying about a PR....just Dan and I out on the road solving all of the worlds problems. So fun. I remember every mile, taking it all in and being so grateful that I was out on the road again. I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, take that for granted. This last year has been incredibly hard for me emotionally and physically. So happy to be back at it again.
Dan has been so supportive though this whole thing. He stopped running when I got hurt because he knew how hard it was for me. I really appreciated it. I don't think I could bare watching him run all the time while I had to sit it out. I was so happy to have him right there with me this weekend by my side. Love that guy!
We came in 10 minutes past our average since we went slow, but I am so glad we finished with no injuries!
After the race we walked over to The Train Wreck and had a beer and a breakfast burrito. As Dan says "I don't always drink beer in the morning, but when I do, it is after I have run a half marathon"....ha! ha!
I wish I could tell you that I came home and took a nap but the truth is, I had a little fitbit addiction episode. I realized that it was 10:00 a.m. and I had already gone 25,000 steps. (the most I had ever gotten in a day....) That is a TON OF STEPS...so.....Why not see if I could do 40,000 in a day??? I walked.....and walked......and walked.....and then walked some more until I made it to 20 miles in a day!!!! Yay ME!!!
Now I can say that I have walked 40,000 steps in a day, wooohoooo! (Yes, I know there is something wrong with me...) Dan threated to take my fitbit away again!
After my 20 mile day, I took a some time to rest and colored in my art journal:
I am grateful. Grateful to have this smiling happy man in my life.....grateful I can get out of bed each day....grateful I can run again...
(please ignore laundry pile on the top of the couch....it got put away....eventually I think)
What are you grateful for?