But they didn’t.
I ended up doing the half — and not particularly well, I might add.
I’m good with the decision. I’m pretty sure I’d be injured if I’d pushed to do the full. I’m not sure if it was that 10 weeks between goal-pace marathons was too much or just bad luck with getting sick and having hamstring issues that led to over-compensation in other muscles or all of the above. At any rate, I’m taking some much-needed no running time for a week or two depending on how my legs respond.
Regarding the Kiawah Island race itself, the course is very peaceful and lovely, but there were a few sections that were really tight on bike paths. If I’d run the full, I’m not sure I’d love all the sharp turnarounds. I’d originally signed up for the half then changed my registration after I missed my BQ by 16 seconds, so there was only one sharp turnaround for the half. I didn’t look closely at the full course except the elevation profile, and there were an additional 4 sharp turnarounds. I find those tricky to recover pace on plus they usually mess up GPS measurements. Not a huge deal, but less than ideal for when you’ve got a time goal.
My poor husband is hurting about as much as me because he estimates he ran about 10 miles yesterday chasing me around the course. He’s probably a little relieved I didn’t run the full either. He’s been all “running is stupid” last night and today. We’re both hobbling around like old people (we are old people — just in denial about it).
In better news, I was selected for the NYC Half lottery again this year, and I can’t wait to run that race again in March. The run through Times Square is a favorite running memory.
I also enjoyed my trip to Charleston. This is such a fantastic city, and I ate very, very well. We ate at Fish, Halls Chop House, Mercantile & Mash and 492. I recommend them all, especially Halls and 492. I egregiously failed to photograph any of my food from Halls because I was too into eating it, but I got a beet salad with Brie dressing, bison with mushroom risotto and the hummingbird cake for dessert. Our server there was phenomenal as well.
I have a post 75% written about the Space Coast race and run with my coaching client. I’m getting on an airplane home in a bit, so I’ll try to finish it up then.