The back story: I've been struggling with what to do with myself these days. I've had two septoplasties in the past two months, but I haven't wanted to give up exercising altogether.
|Pic from my first surgery|
So, as I was putting on my running shorts on the morning of the Puffer Butte Huff and Puff - a 5-mile trail race in Fields Spring State Park - I worried that I would regret my decision to ignore my doctor's advice. "I'll just walk most of it," I told myself; and this made me feel better. At least temporarily.
|63 runners participated|
The last mile of the trail was the best, by far. It was a single-track dirt trail, and (because of my pace and the size of the race) I was the only one on it. I wish I had pictures to show you. Even though my nose was hurting me pretty bad, I remember enjoying myself on that path.
I came in at 1:01:08 and got a 3rd place age group ribbon. Both of these are kinda funny since the website later showed that the 5-miler was actually 4.6 miles, and the list of runners shows me as 9th in my age group. Oh well. :)
|I was feeling pretty miserable at this point.|
|Smiling for the camera - post ice and pain killers|
P.S. This is one of THE BEST-marked courses I have ever seen. Thanks to Race Directors Jennifer and Shaun for showing us the way.