Off to the races…

23 Feb

11:22 pm

So, I ran my race today and DUDES, I felt GREAT. Not good, but GREAT, during like, 98 percent of the run! Over the course of the first 5 miles, we ran up 1,000 feet, and then the last 3 miles were all downhill–which, btw, pass really fast after you’ve been heaving uphill for 5 long miles.

I felt great. Did I say I felt great? Totally pain-free. WTF? Except for a minor accident yesterday during which I tripped over a rock while walking the dogs, stubbed my toe, and bruised it pretty badly (I KNOW, the night before the race I’ve been training for since December)–I didn’t feel any pain.

I came in 129th out of 677 women! And, 13th out of 73 women in my age group. YES! And, as I crested the last hill and looked out upon an absolutely amazing vista of ocean and islands and sleek, rising sun, I thought, I would not be doing this if I wasn’t sober. Period. I mean, really. I could have run the race, sure, but consistently being able to train ONLY because I was never hung over? That’s why I had endurance, and strength, over the course.

Anyway, I’m super-tired, but just wanted to say, Who’s up for a half-marathon? Training starts Monday. 😉

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7 Responses to “Off to the races…”

  1. Jenny February 24, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Yeh for you!!
    These sober days feel GREAT. I love this sober blogging world – I am obsessed with everyone’s stories!! And, I like yours!
    11 days sober and counting!

    Jenny

  2. Al K Hall February 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Congrats on the great run and the feeling great!

  3. carrythemessage February 25, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    That’s awesome, DDG! Amazing what we can do when we are sober, clear of mind and body and spirit. And the great thing also is that you are able to set a goal and carry it through…alcohol kills ambition, and like you said, you probably wouldn’t have done that training.

    Thanks for sharing – onward and upward 🙂

  4. Imogen February 26, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Congratulations, that’s awesome. You’re my new hero!

    • sswl February 26, 2013 at 5:35 am #

      That’s just so great, DDG, you’re an inspiration! You must be walking tall!

  5. Lisa Neumann February 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Count me in for the half marathon.(I’m a little late on the training.)

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