I made it! All five years of Space Coast! When we first started this series, I really didn’t know if I’d make it all five years, but I definitely wanted to. I love the space program and I really wanted to get all five shuttle medals. I typically don’t race for medals, but I’m not going to lie, this time, I raced for medals.
Of course, it wasn’t just about the bling. It’s also a great time for me to go to Florida, and I had so many friends doing the series that it was always worth going. Definitely one of the most fun trips of the year every year.
For this race, my main goal was to run with Kim, and we talked about a general goal of running sub-3, but really, just having a good time. She raced the prior weekend, I was dealing with hip tightness, so who knew what would happen. I knew that we would end up talking through the entire race so either way, it would be awesome.
And it was! The weather was pretty darn perfect, not too hot or too humid, which is a rarity for this race. I was feeling some tightness in my hip, mostly in my piriformis, but nothing like I had dealt with while running the previous weekend, so I wasn’t too concerned. Kim and I ran along, keeping a pretty steady pace (save for the bathroom break we both needed), and basically enjoying the day.
Around mile 8 or so, my piriformis started to make itself known, nothing big. And then at mile 12, the soleus on my other leg froze up. I think I yelled “CRAMP!” and Kim tried to catch me. I wasn’t falling though, just hobbling. I tried to walk it off, but every time I went to run, it hurt, so that meant we were walking it in. Kim was awesome and didn’t seem to care that we were walking, so we just made our way to the finish line.
Not my best finish, not my worst finish, and I had a blast. Racing with friends is so much fun. Some races are for pushing and trying to PR, but some days, it’s nice to just get out there and laugh through the whole race.
So that’s that. Five year series complete. I’m leaning towards racing again for the next series, or at least starting it out. I like being in Florida after Thanksgiving and having a vacation to start the holiday season.
Now to get this hip/piriformis/glute thing fixed!