Yesterday didn’t go as I had hoped but overall fairly well considering my training had been interrupted by MS issues and basic IT band hip issues. I was hoping for around a 2:10:00 finish but ended up with 2:27:21. Will admit it isn’t bad considering issues the past few weeks and having a few MS issues during the week leading up to the race.
I started out the race excited but also a little apprehensive of what the MS would hit me with during the race. My energy level wasn’t where I would have liked it to be but I was going to take this thing head on. The first few miles started out pretty good. My left leg was numb/tingling as I started the race but I have learned from recent runs that after a few miles it will “settle” (or I will get use to ignoring it) or that it will escalate to a bigger issue. Luckily it settled and I was on my way. As I was making my way to the half way point I did start feeling my energy level drop which I wasn’t expecting until after ten miles. I started walking for 15-30 seconds every one or two just to relax my body and give it a little break. I continued this through my cheering section just before mile 9 and into mile 10…than the MS Left started to put up a fight. I walked most of the time between about 9.5 miles and 11 miles. A few times I tried to start running again and my MS Left wasn’t having it. Most of the race on the bigger hills my left side would be limping but now I was limping even though we were running on flat ground. Right before 11 miles I decided to try one more time to run (because walking takes too long) and it seemed like the “rest” helped calm the MS Left. I was on my way again! A little slower then the first part of the half marathon but it was faster than walking. I still had to walk a few more times due to hills but I made it and that’s what I needed. I needed to prove to myself I can do this again. My MS might be a little worse now but I can do this! On to the next race!
For the Future: I realized I really need to focus more on some strength training especially on the left side which is my weaker MS side. I already knew I needed to work more on the strength training but this was kind of a slap in the face of you definitely need to step it up. Haha.