The race director for Highlands Sky takes everyone's picture as they cross the finish line. As we were coming down the paved walk way, a family was crossing from the pool area on the right to the pavilion on the left. This included a little girl waving a pool noodle right in front of the finish line. I could hear the race director saying something (maybe either 'no, no, no' or 'go, go, go') and I think it was to get the pool noodle out of the way of our finish line photo. It ended up making for a good smiling picture at the finish line and no pool noodle. :)
I planned on taking several rest days from running after this race. On Tuesday, I felt pretty good and debated going for a run because Hannah was driving me nuts and needed it. (Interested in the best way to run with a dog? Check out the Lupine love post over at Miles and Mutts). I never got around to it though. I feel fine, however, I have been dead tired and sleeping like a log so I opted for extra sleep instead of entertaining the dog.
This morning though, we were back to early wake up calls and got in an easy four miles with the dog before it got too hot outside for her. It was still nice and sticky at 5 AM! Thankfully the dog seems much better now and is no longer driving me nuts. My popped blister heel is still a little tender and my left ankle felt a little off during the run. I remember rolling my ankle a little over a rock at some point early in the race but it's nothing serious. It felt good to get back to the somewhat normal routine.
I mentioned listening to music during a few sections of the 40 miles. What I didn't mention was I listened to the same song on repeat for at least half of the time I had the music on. The song: Some Nights by Fun. It worked.
When I got home late Saturday night, a box had been delivered. It was new shoes thanks to the Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project. When the invite came in the mail the other week, I vaguely remembered something from a awhile where I sent my address. I was very excited to try new shoes! You can still try to apply for an invite on their site to try to get a pair of free shoes. I've tried on Mizuno's before but have never fallen in love at the running store so they've never come home with me before. I'll certainly give them a whirl this way though! I haven't tested them out yet, I stuck with my Newton's this morning but will probably add these into the rotation soon.