|Why, yes, this expo is swell.|
Bethlehem is a short car drive from where we live, so we made our way there on Friday afternoon in order to get our bibs and spend some time at the expo. This year the Expo was held inside the ArtQuest Center at the SteelStacks, which was a lot better venue than last year's parking lot tent. Vendors were decent and it was fun checking out some new products. I made my way over to the Altra booth last as I was eyeing some new shoes, especially since they had some great expo only deals! I ended up with a shiny new pair of The One, their lightest racing shoe. All along I planned to run all three races in Altras, Instincts that I already own, but I broke the cardinal rule of racing, and decided to go with a brand new shoe, The One. PS. Great choice and an amazing shoe. Amy ended up with a nice pair of shorts as well that she used for her races.
|Ultrachat peeps meeting|
|Excited for the 10K|
|IceBug Crew: Gary and Kai|
|Happy after day 1|
And now back to my foot. The entire way, I was feeling this annoying pain/tingle in my foot, but it was not unbearable so I just kept going. As I started cooling down I realized that my foot was definitely hurting a lot more now - more than Thursday. Of course negative thoughts went through my head since we still had another race the next day. I decided that I would ice it through the day and hope that it would feel good by the morning time.
In the afternoon we went back to the expo for some seminars and movies. All the sessions I attended were very interesting, especially the one with Golden Harper, founder of Altra Zero Drop. Such a great guy with an interesting story. Unfortunately, his session got cut short since another session was coming and and he was having some technical difficulties to get started, but it was still worth it. I would definitely love to pick his brain at some point in time about ultrarunning in general. To end our day, we watched "In the High Country", a movie made by Joel Wolpert about Anton Krupicka. The movie itself was great, but Q&A session with Joel after the film was even better. It is a shame he didn't have DVDs ready for sale before this festival as there was a decent number of people in attendance.
Before we knew it, Sunday was upon us and the half marathon. I did not sleep well as I kept thinking about my stupid foot. I woke up and started getting ready. It was feeling ok during that point. We decided to park near the finish line, so that way we could just leave after the race. For some reason there were no shuttles this year to take people from the finish line to the start (why Runner's World, why?) so we just walked up. It was about a mile walk, perfect warm up before the race. As we were walking, my foot kept hurting more and more, just from that. I told Amy, that I was not going to race. Considering that we still have few races coming up, I decided that it would be in my best interested to rest and not cause even more damage to whatever the hell this is. Annoying! My decision was further solidified after I tried some light jogging, only to feel sharp pain. Thus, to the spectator realm I was banished. My first DNS (did not start)!
|DNS for me:(|
|She did it! Half-marathon PR!|
Today is Monday and I am back at work. My foot is feeling ok, but not well enough to run on it. I am taking it easy this week. I am not even thinking about running and I am focusing all my positive thoughts on the healing process. There are 2 weeks before the NYC marathon and I am in good enough shape to run this bad boy even if I have to take 2 weeks off. I am hoping for quick healing and recovery.
There will be no gear used section this time as there is nothing special to report. One positive note are my new Altra shoes! Right now I will use them for NYC, but of course that is pending my recovery.
Stay tuned for more excitement as we go into the NYC marathon!
Few more pictures from the race:
|Sexy is what sexy does. :-P|
|Representing the Blue Ridge Marathon!|
|Male winner - half-marathon|
|Female winner - half-marathon|