Two race Saturday (Don’t try this at home people!)

It’s been a while since I’ve written but I’ve been really busy. Last Saturday, I did something really stupid. I ran two races in one day. Here’s what happened. I had been training with my running group for the Queen Bee Half Marathon. It turned out that the Running Scared, a Halloween 5k that Brent and I run every year was scheduled for the same day. I love the Running Scared and it’s one of my favorite 5ks. It’s in Reading and you run through a cemetery and the race ends in a party at the Community Rec Center. There’s a band and a chili cook off and it’s really fun. No biggie, I thought, I can do both races.

The morning of the Queen Bee we parked in Newport. Brent was meeting Paul, one of our running buddies to run in Newport before coming to meet me at the finish line. I headed over to meet my training group at the tent. I’m an idiot, and got totally confused as to where the tent was and ended up wandering aimlessly around downtown. I ran into two of my running buds, Kat and Rocio, who were lost too. Long story short, by the time we made it to the start, I had already walked 3.5 miles.

To make matters worse, I had forgotten to put the KT tape on my knee. I’ve wondered for a while if the tape actually helps or if it’s all in my head. This proved once and for all that I need the tape. My knee started to hurt at mile 9, but I soldiered through. I ended up walking the 5k that night. I had originally planned to do another 5k the next day with my friend Libby, but I was worried about my knee so I texted her and told her I couldn’t make it. I felt really bad, but I needed the rest. By the time the day was over, I had gone 24 miles!! If I hadn’t been so tired I would have done 2.2 more miles just to say I did a marathon.

Then it was off to the mountains! I spent the last week in Gatlinburg. I didn’t run but walked at least 7 miles per day. I ran for the first time in a week yesterday. I’m feeling good and ready to get back on track! My next goal is to concentrate on cleaning up my diet and working on doing more cross training.

Author: lauradixoncaldwell

I am a runner, librarian, and mom to three furkids. I like reading, writing, going to comic and horror cons, and eating too much at Mexican restaurants.

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