Pre race. Feeling strong. Me, Nicole and Tera are running the relay and Jason was running the full half marathon.
I took the first leg and it was 4 miles up, up and up. We have run it a few times (Jason, Tera and I) so we could get a feel for it. I knew what I was in for and I was pleased with my speed considering I'm a crappy hill runner.
Coming up the hill looking strong. As soon as I high five Tera, she took off and apparently I was going to walk into the mountain. All that form I was working on all the way up just vanished as soon as I finished. It was a great run and I was exhausted!!
We must have done something right because we took 3rd in the women's relay. I averaged 11 min/mile and Tera averaged less then 9 min/mile (she was ALL downhill) and Nicole, we figured averaged about a 10 min/mile. We aren't a fast team but it was a great time and we had matching leg sleeves!
Oh how we love a medal! These were etched glass. I've got to get me a medal holder!
During my run I was really trying to put the things that I have learned about form to work. When my cadence was fast and my form was good my foot didn't even hurt. I feel great knowing that I'm finding the tools and information I need to work out this injury. Podiatrist and physical therapist are great and they give great advice and feedback but in the end I have to take responsibility for my running and my body.
Off to spend a night in the mountains. Hope there isn't any rain or flash flooding!