An end to the SU running challenge, a start to running post-half

Well, I didn’t log nearly as many miles as I would have liked during the Ride or Stride Across America challenge at Salisbury University.

During a four-week period (it only included three weekends), I logged 59 miles, and that was including a 10-mile race and a half marathon race.

The challenge started Nov. 16, and after the first week, it was clear my team, Random Runners #2, would have no chance at winning — which didn’t really bother me, as I was going to run whether or not I was taking part in this.

Up through the third week, my team had submitted a total of 89.6 miles, and 45.9 of those were submitted by me. (The fourth week’s total hasn’t been put into the Google Doc yet for our team.) More than one other six-person team so far has ended the four weeks with a total of more than 1,000 miles.

I would have hopefully logged at least a few more miles if I had not sprained my ankle last Friday. I did run the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon last Saturday (you can read about that here), but then I decided to take the next six days off from running.

I actually didn’t do any workouts during that time frame, unless you count walking in a parade.

It worked out to be a relatively good time to have sprained my ankle, as I have already been busy with the class I’m teaching coming to an end. I’ve also been trying to sort things ahead of my move to a new home and have started to bring some things over to my new house.

It was definitely iced coffee weather today. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Today was my first run back since the half marathon, and I didn’t feel too bad, although the bottom of my foot did hurt a little bit. I was running with my boyfriend, but had him go ahead of me since I was going pretty slow.

I ran 3.5 miles, so if I’m going to make it to my goal of 1,200, I still have about 95 miles left. It was a beautiful, warm day for a run — very non-December like.

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