So. It appears I’m running a half marathon in two days. Yikes? Actually, training has gone really well and I know I’m capable to running the distance (the greatest distance I did while training was 11.6 miles [18.6 km]). The only snag has been that the last few times I ran, I felt a pain on the front of my right hip that starts after about 2 miles and then just stays there. It doesn’t get worse, and it stays sore for about 12-18 hours after running, then goes away completely. Walking, using an elliptical trainer, and having to be on my feet for three days in my most professional heels don’t bother it at all. What gives? So now I haven’t run at all for nearly two weeks (and the two weeks before I ran very little, alternating runs with elliptical workouts), so I hope whatever it is has healed up so I can get through the race. I don’t want to worry about pain. Happy thoughts only.
I was kind of surprised that even during the high point of training (when I was doing 17-22 miles per week), my appetite wasn’t all that different. In the afternoon and evening after a long run, I did tend to get hungry fairly soon after eating, but since I’m one of those eat-every-two-to-three-hours people anyway, it really didn’t feel all that different. I will, however, say this: the first thing you eat after completing a long run is the best-tasting thing IN THE WORLD.
I also just realized that I never talk on the blog about what my normal eating habits actually are– I tend to only write about eating or making something special. Well, to assure you that my days do not consist entirely of cookies and fried chicken, soon I’ll do a little overview of what I eat on a daily basis. I know I complain quite a bit about the foods that I can’t get here, but there are also plenty of wonderful things available here in Estonia that I happily thrive on.
Anyway, wish me luck for Saturday! We’re getting up early (well, only a little earlier than usual) to catch the ferry to Helsinki, then we have a few hours to hang around and eat lunch. We have to be at the race area to pick up our numbers by 1:00 and the race starts at 3:00, and since I’m in the slow starting group my start isn’t until 3:40! Kinda bummed about that for some reason, but what can you do. After the race we’re going to have dinner and then hop on the ferry, which will arrive back in Tallinn at midnight. It’s gonna be an adventure for sure :-).