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Friday, April 4, 2014

Because I'm happy...and a giveaway

I had a happy run this morning. I love those kinds of runs!

My leg is on the mend and letting me run without too much discomfort. The fact that this was only my second run this week has helped give it time to heal. After my little five miler on Tuesday, I got sick and spent Wednesday and Thursday feeling lousy. I finally feel a little more like myself today. Here's hoping we can all stay healthy around our house for a while. We're certainly due.

So I didn't tell you much about my Saturday run. In a nutshell, it was hard. That morning, I did something that caused my SI joint in my back to lock up, and then I attempted a long run while in serious pain.

Then there was the wind. I ran the first seven miles against a serious headwind, so I asked the hubs to take me up the canyon in hopes that the wind would be heading in a more cooperative direction for the rest of the miles. Nope. The wind was gusting up the canyon, so I ran another eight or so with a headwind. I had a little relief the last three miles, once I got on a different trail, with only a few unpleasant gusts.
The canyon also gave me this little obstacle...

I don't know who the guy in the picture is, but he is standing on the avalanche that covered and blocked the trail at some point this winter. For the record, it is much higher on the side you can't see, so it was impossible to climb over. Especially in running shoes. So I had to climb through it (see stars in image). Fun times!

During my 18 miles, there were tears, and I may have said some words that we don't say at our house. But my family was there every few miles to keep me going. I probably wouldn't have made it even five miles without their constant encouragement. I did cut the run a little short, but that is was what my body needed.
My back, after multiple efforts this week to get it unlocked and relaxed enough to stay unlocked, is doing much better. So today's run was bliss by comparison.

Plus it's Friday, so what's not to be happy about. Need another reason, then enter to win a free entry to a Spartan Race. Yep, I saved the best for last. You can win an entry to the Spartan Race of your choice (in the U.S.) by doing the following:
  • Visit the Spartan Race web site and leave a comment here telling me which race you want to run.
  • For a bonus entry, post about this giveaway on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. Please leave a comment letting me know you posted or tag @ihaverun on IG and Twitter or the I Have Run page on FB.
  • Winner will be chosen by and announced on Friday, April 11.
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  1. Hi there!!! I would love to do the Hawaii sprint Spartan on August 16!!!!

  2. I want to run the Fenway Park race.

  3. I tweeted about your giveaway and tagged you -

  4. I really want to race the Virginia Super.

  5. I want to run the Vermont beast! I heard it's the championships and want to run with the best out there

  6. Tweeted about the giveaway


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