A few weeks ago, Team Flail flew to Cincinnati to take on the Flying Pig marathon (Andrew) and half marathon (Adam & me). I’ve applied the same speed in getting to this recap that I did in the HM, which is to say I was slow in both!
Thanks to some cranky joints, Adam & I both went for the 13.1 instead of the planned 26.2 But while Adam said he felt over-trained for the HM, I got about 4 miles in and knew I was waaaaay on the other end of that spectrum. Two+ months of being unable to run, except occasionally on the AlterG treadmill, left me walking up hills and finishing in over 2 hours (2:05).
BUT, I was frankly happy just to be able to finish, given all the work I’d done rehabbing my SI joint. And the HM course still allowed me a two-fer in my Race in 50 States quest, because we started in Ohio, crossed the river to Kentucky, then came back to finish in Ohio again. So that means states #15 and #16 are crossed off the list – BOOM.
And that’s all well & good, but I still think Drew’s feat at the Pig was far more impressive – for the second time in a row, he shaved several minutes off his marathon PR. This despite his feet going into revolt before he even hit the 20-mile mark, and having to walk several times. He’s fast, and annoying š
Having covered GA, AZ, NV, OH and KY this year, I’m already at the annual average number of races I figured I need to do by 2025 (my goal deadline to run races in all 50 states). So next up for me, running-wise, is to take on a couple PRs closer to home. I’m running the Level Renner 10K in August to see what I can do at that distanceĀ without an injured back, and will likely run the BAA HM in October to chase down the PR I set nearly 3 years ago.