Day 4 of not running. I wanted to go out REALLY bad last night, and almost did, but I promised myself on Sunday that I would wait a full day longer than I thought that I needed. So, instead of running and slowing down the healing process even more, or even hitting the exercise bike, I laid around in my hotel room like a big blob. Sort of like Jaba the Hut but without any the fun bikini clad Princess Leia. (Wow, I really called out my nerdiness just then. I feel naked and exposed.)
So, what do washed up has-been athletes do when they can no longer perform? They reminisce about better times. So, that is what I am going to do! Two weeks ago, along with my running club East Valley Runners, I ran a tune up half marathon. This thing was no joke. They had a timer on a tripod, volunteer manned water stations, and popsicles at the finish line! Let me tell you, nothing is better than a popsicle at the finish line of a hot race. Nothing.
I had brought my camera but I forgot it in the car. Fortunately, I was able to hit up the club president who was well equipped with his digital SLR. Here are a few of the pictures that he sent along my way.
A few of the East Valley Runners getting ready to start
Here I am lining up at the start after running an early 5 miles (shooting for 20 on the day). I never realized how much of a WRECK I look like after only 5 miles!! I look like I am ready to faint! (click to enlarge to see how wobbly I am)
Mingling after the race. I am almost positive that I was grabbing a second popsicle and missed the picture.