It has been
months since I last raced. No matter how long you have been racing it is always
nice to get in a no pressure race to shake off some nerves and go through the
race morning motions before the meat and potatoes of the season begins. I love
the Fragrance Lake Half Marathon, not only because of the course, but because I
get to toe the line with my friends and have pizza and watch them drink beer after.
I was getting really excited
about Fragrance, especially after my Wednesday workout. It was an aggressive 2x
a lap around Lake Padden, the fastest I've ever run. This was really confidence-boosting
for the future and shows that all of the fitness I gained in the fall that did
not manifest in a race is still there. But right after the workout, I was struggling
with intense heel pain that was almost unbearable. The rest of the day it continued
to be crippling, so much so that I could not even walk home from the dentist.
Obviously, I became distraught and naturally I thought the worst until Tad
calmed me down and reminded me that I was seeing Kerry (Prime Massage and Sports Medicine) and
Chris (aka Dr. Lockwood, Align Chiropractic) the next day. He was right; they
have been known to possess miraculous powers so I needed to stay calm until
they had time to work their magic.
|The BTRC Family. PC: CamE Tasker|
|Getting ready for some slipping and sliding.|
|Heading into Two Dollar.|
|Climbing Rock Trail.|
Thanks to Candice Burt (who has the cutest dog in the entire world!) and Garrett Froelich for directing and organizing the Bellingham Trail Running Series. For more "Destination Trail Running Events for the Adventurous," check out Destination Trail.
I seriously can't thank Kerry and Chris enough for their care and concern in keeping me healthy. It means an incredible amount to me that words can't describe. I can't wait to see what opportunities and results this year will bring because "together we can do so much."
Happy Valentine's Day to my best friend in the entire world - I love you a stupid amount!