I’m still injured and as of today it’s been 35 days since my last run… 35 days, that’s it??? Feels like an eternity! Recovery is going very slowly and I’m looking at a few more months of no running. I’m feeling a TAD better about that, just a TAD. Given my 1-race-a-month habit, it’s been soul crushing to have to give up and/or plan to bow out of race after race after race.
So, I’m sure you can imagine how happy I was to read that the course limit for the SLO Marathon is 8 hours! Yipee! That means I don’t have to give this one up! Can’t run, can walk, can’t wait!!! While it’s strange to think that I am going to intentionally walk a half marathon, as an ambassador for the race, I am beyond elated that I am able to still participate and am really looking forward to spending the weekend in beautiful San Luis Obispo surrounded by magnificent blue skies and those gorgeous rolling hills.
In less than 2 short weeks, I will be joining my running buddies and Team in Training teammates and walking the SLO half marathon course. My goal for the race is simple: comfort. I’m not doing this race for time- since I can’t- and I’m not doing this race to exacerbate my injury- since that would be stupid. I’m doing this race to keep my injured self sane, to support my teammates, and to enjoy a great weekend in SLO Town! Plus, walking means I can take more pictures so it’s bound to be The Best race recap ever!
Running or walking, a half marathon is still 13 glorious miles and that’s no easy feat! Okay, I admit walking it will be much easier but I am still convinced that I need to “train” for it in some way, shape or form. (Or, at least, TELL myself I’m “training” for it just to trick myself into thinking I’m still an athlete even though I can’t run right now.) To that end, I decided to do a Long Walk this weekend, coinciding with the Long Run for those training for the half. I walked 10 miles in 2 hours and 45 minutes!
That whole walking thing took FOREVER! No offense to the walkers of the world, but ohmigosh, running is so much more fun and entertaining to me! I was glad I walked the 10 miles though, so now I know what to expect come race day. Here are a few things I learned during the 10 mile long walk…
1) Sunscreen. Wear and bring lots and lots of sunscreen.
2) Music. Time flies with lots and lots of good tunes.
3) Food. I got pretty hungry after mile 6 and was super thankful for that Luna Bar I packed! I’ll need at least 2-3 for the half.
4) Water. It was hot, I was thirsty, and given the Luna Bar, I was glad I had a bottle of water but definitely needed more.
5) Stretching. My quads and IT bands were pretty much exhausted, tight, and sore by mile 9 and I was mentally kicking myself for not doing a ton more stretching and rolling the night before.
6) Cash. I would have paid $50 for an iced coffee at mile 8.5. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about iced coffee. Really wanted an iced coffee. Decided that if I notice a coffee shop off the SLO course, I will stop off for an iced coffee. Again, I’ve got an 8 hour limit so I can stop for a couple iced coffees if I feel like it!
SLO will be my 16th half marathon and even though I have no other choice right now but to walk this 13.1, I will still earn that medal and hang it proudly with all the others. I may be SLO going now but only to be SLO running again in the future! Wish me luck!
Have you ever had to walk a race that you planned to run? What did you learn while walking 13.1 or 26.2? Have you done the SLO Marathon? If so, what did you think of the course? Will you be there again this year?