I see that it's been a while since I added a new post. It's true that I've not been on a regular running schedule since my race. It's also true that I haven't been quite as lazy as the lack of posts would lead one to believe. Last weekend I was out of town (I went to Penn State for the season opener, had a great time). I got back on Monday night. Tuesday I did yoga. Thursday (I think) I walked with Marla. Saturday (yesterday) I ran. Which leads me to the "new questions" part of this post.
Yesterday I ran 3 miles on a treadmill. Last night I got a headache. This reminded me that almost every time I run on a treadmill (it had been a while) I get a headache that evening, but I never get them when I run without a treadmill. Can anyone explain this? It's really annoying and I'd love to avoid it, but I've never come up with a solution. It isn't a hydration problem. Pain killers seem to help only marginally once the headache starts, but do help to keep it at bay if I take preemptive Tylenol. Any help would be appreciated!
On to the "new pictures" part of the post. As I mentioned, last weekend I was back east to visit Penn State. While I was there I also visited my parents. My mom had had her film from the race developed and so gave me a CD of her pictures. Here are some of the better ones.
(left) This is a picture of all of the Team in Training participants for the Chicago Distance Classic. We took this picture right after the Pasta Party the night before the race. Meg and I are in the middle in the back, unfortunately looking the other way.
In the photo to the right Meg is just visible. She's on the right-most while traffic line, wearing the TNT purple top. I'm behind her and am not visible in the picture.
To the left, Meg and I are just about to cross the finish line! Our time on the clock reads 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds. Since we didn't cross the start line right at the gun, the finish line clock was a few minutes ahead of us. Our time was 2 hours 12 minutes 0 seconds.
To the right, we're crossing the second mat, right after the finish line. It wasn't totally clear to me which mat was the finish line. Meg is to my left. What a sweet moment! We had finally done it! We had finished our race!
(Left) After crossing the finish line, Meg and I celebrated with a hug. I was so happy in that moment. I was glad my parents were there to capture the moment.
(Right) After our hug, we waved to my parents then headed on through the finishers' area. The finishers' area included sweat towels that had been soaked in ice water, bagels (which I couldn't even look at), and finishers' medals. Once we got through that, we started the walk back to the TNT Victory Tent.
Back at the tent TNT had set up quite the spread! I didn't feel up to eating just yet, but others enjoyed a breakfast. Someone, I don't know who, took this picture of Brett and Meg.
I don't anticipate more pictures, but should any surface I will be sure to post them.