Day 15, Recovery Day… Half Marathon #TransAmRide4TBI 7/23/17

Saturday night, after our arrival in Denver, our hostess, Kim, mentioned she was doing a half marathon, the Longmont Trail Half Marathon, the next morning. Without thinking about it I suddenly heard the words “do they have race day registration” come out of my mouth. 

So, on day 15, which was our recovery day, I find myself waking up early, and driving to the race with Kim. There was also a 5k, and 10k option, but nope, I was going to do the half marathon. Over the last 14 days we had ridden 1,526 miles for a total of 108 hours and 50 minutes of riding, and now I was giong to tack on 13.1 miles of running.

 When the race started my legs weren’t quite sure what was going on. They weren’t complaining but this was a strange motion for them, but around two miles in they remembered running and things got easier. Because of the air being thinner than I’m used to my lungs helped keep my pace in check. 

Around 10k mark, I began to feel it a bit. Between the air and the miles I’d ridden, knew it was time to back it down a bit. I ran the last half of the race at a slow comfortable pace. I finished in 2:00:04, 30th over all, and 7th in my age group. 

By the end of the race the entire fan club (Doug and Krystal and their kids, and Dan with his and Kim’s kids) was there to cheer us in to the finish (the kids did the kids race) . Kim finished 2nd in her age group. We hung around at the race for a while, and then it was back to the house. 

The rest of the day was doen’t getting bike and gear ready to set out again, and relaxing, eating, drinking, and enjoying good company. 

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About Douglas Sawyer, MS, ATC

I am an athletic trainer who is also a very avid athlete. My first love is running, but I also love cycling and triathlons and many other activities. I'm not a swimmer though, I just don't drown for 2.4 miles... As a athletic trainer I work with sports injuries. I currently work at a school with athletes in 7th-12th grade in a wide variety of sports. I can be found on twitter at two different names: @IronmanLongRunr - where I tweet about run, bike, tri, & more @Longrunr - where I tweet about athletic training
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