Remember that nagging hip pain that I thought would go away in time for the Nike Women’s half marathon on Sunday? Well, after a couple ART treatments and a bit of rehab, I now know what I need to do to get my pelvis in tip-top shape, but it wasn’t enough for a green light on the race. It took a bit for me to come to terms with this as I have never backed out of races until this season.
You see, after I picked up my bib, dreams of “taking it easy” danced through my head and I tried to convince myself that I would be able to run the race. But thankfully I have good friends who are nice enough to slap some sense in me (thank you, Aron) and I decided to play it safe. I sold my bib and opted to spectate.
While this decision was hard to swallow, it actually worked out for the better. I decided to put together a surprise birthday party for Chicken Face on Saturday night – friends, ice cream cake, wine, beer, good food and dancing. It was a fantastic night out and worth every single step not taken during that race to be able to surprise him.
I won’t lie, waking up the next morning to make it to the city in time was a bit challenging, but once there, I met up with Katie, Jessica and Dennis to cheer all of our friends on at mile 8.
Aron and Kristin climbing Lincoln St.
How cute does Naomi look?!
After mile 8, we hustled to mile 18 where we met up with Jana to pace her in until mile 25. This girl is amazing and finished the race in just over 4 hours – I was so happy we got to be a part of her marathon experience. The extra good news is that I was able to test out running again for a steady seven miles and my hip felt great – SUCCESS!
But wait, the day gets better, after finishing and meeting up with Aron and Kristin, we were walking behind the awards stage and who does Aron spot? KARA-FREAKING-GOUCHER! Oh no, I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity like I did with Ryan Hall. We raced up to her and asked if we could take our picture together. She was so sweet and said yes, but you could also tell there was a part of her that felt like, “Damn. I’ve been spotted.” as the crowds quickly grew around her. So Kara, in the rare chance that you are reading this – thanks for taking the time to make our day! Oh, and let’s be BFFs.
Post-Kara, we made our way to brunch to chat about the only thing we know how to chat about: running.
It was a great day in the city and like my dad always says, “There’s a reason for everything.” Yet again, he’s right. No race, but still a great surprise birthday for Chicken Face and another great day with friends.