So, after the half marathon, my first thought (after the adrenaline subsided, and then the pain started to die down) was, "What now?"
Well, I took two weeks off from running; I continued with strength training and did spinning class, but no running. By the end of the first week, I was itching to run again.
So today I did my first run after the race. It felt great; I set out to do three miles. My plan was to go to the greenway, run a mile and a half out, and a mile and a half back; but, when I got about two-tenths of a mile past the .75 mile marker, there was caution tape across the path, and when I looked past it, I saw that the remainder of the greenway was basically a lake. That is because it has rained for 31 of the last 30 days here.
Okay; my math might be a little off. But it has rained a lot. I don't remember when I moved to Seattle; but apparently, that is where I am.
(Because, you see, it rains a lot in Seattle. For those of you not familiar with US weather patterns.)
So, I ended up turning around at the trailhead and just doing the .75 mile out-and-back twice. Which, according to my calculations, is three miles (.75 X 4 = 3, right?).
It felt really good to be back out on a trail. I really enjoyed the run, and I feel really good now that I've done it.
I'm going to start training soon for my next half. I have the running bug, and I don't want the antidote...