I was there for fun. I had a long 21k run on my schedule and I had promised my coach that I was going to take it easy, like he
Look at our Daily Mile group! Damn, we have the best legs in town. #burlingtonskirtbrigade represent! (sorry, I'm from the other B-town, but I pretend that I belong)
I had to make sure that I wasn't running too fast, but given the 4.5h that I had spent on the bike the day before, the chances were slim anyway. I settled into a comfortable pace and decided that I was not going to look at my Garmin at all that day. And I didn't!! I ran everything by feel, looking at the pretty houses, giving high fives, chatting with other runners, admiring the skirts passing me by (wink wink). I had a blast. I smiled all the time, I never counted the minutes until the end.
And just like that, in 2h04, I was done. One of my slowest half marathons, but I don't care. It was still one speedy training run, which I will blame the net downhill for. Mission accomplished for staying in Z2 all the time. Quite the difference from my first ever half marathon, on the same route 3 years ago. It's still one of my favorite races that I've done.
Speaking of which, my ankle/post tib flared as usual at 8km, but then the pain miraculously disappeared 2-3km later and never came back. Maybe it's all in my head? No, it cannot be. If you poke it, it definitely hurts, but this tendon seems to have a mind of its own. I'll just try to ignore it as much as I can and hopefully it'll leave me alone. The massage therapy seems to have helped though.
After the race I waited with Sam on the rest of the #burlingtonskirtbrigade to finish the full marathon and we cheered on each of them sexy legs as they ran by. They suffered a lot more than us half marathoners because of the horrible wind that ended being their nemesis that day, but overall they all a rewarding day. Who doesn't like to finish a marathon? Endorphins overload!!