Yes, I know, two halves don’t make a whole when it comes to racing. But, when you’re trained for 26.2 and your marathon gets downsized for heat issues, you have two choices.
1) Find a new marathon
2) Double down
Since the last time I attempted #1, I broke my hip and was on the DL for six months, I took what’s behind door #2.
I ran the Adirondack 1/2 on Sunday and then I ran another 13.1 miles Monday morning, getting it done just about within 24 hours of when Sunday’s half started. So, it kinda counts. I mean, i’ve got the blisters and aches that feel like I ran a marathon… LOL
Besides, it’s 100 days to the first race of the Dopey Challenge and i’m not messing with that training plan just because mother nature is a real jerk. 🙂
I know there were a LOT of people on social media who were furious with Adirondack for canceling the marathon. But folks, life happens. This was not my first canceled race of the year, weather has been crazy weird all year long and, having the marathon canceled was not the worst thing that happened to me last week.
So with the weather forecasted to feel like 98 by noon I was kind of glad I wasn’t trying to tackle a full marathon. Because the whole reason I was running Adirondack again was to do better than in 2015. And clearly, in that kind of weather, it was NOT going to happen.
Instead I decided to just run for fun, enjoy the lake scenery and soak it all in.
Whenever? Yep, that’s my goal too! I did lose him at mile 7, but eh, his whenever just was a little faster than mine.
It did get hot. But the race was prepared. Volunteers with ice and cold towels and water about every mile for the second half of the course. EMT’s stationed along the course. And enthusiastic spectators everywhere.
In lieu of a true race recap…I’m going to give you the Adirondack half by the numbers. Here goes:
13.21 – miles completed
17 – number of people I consecutively high-fived (love those word of life kids)
8 – misting tents I ran through
20 – pieces of ice I tucked in random places
12 – people who cheered me on by name 🙂
5 – taiko drummers
3 – wooly bear caterpillars (sorry to the one I almost kicked. Lol)
1 – gluten free brownie eaten post race
10 – where I finished in my age group
Countless – number of times I smiled out on the course, thanked volunteers and just felt grateful to be running
5 – number of medals I now own from Adirondack. 4 halfs and a full. 🙂
My finish time? Not my fastest, but I don’t care. I actually finished exactly when I told the hubs I would…and he was standing exactly where I expected. So I was able to high-five him before hitting the finish chute. And to me…that’s a successful race. 😀