So excited to be running the Auckland Half Marathon again! I ran it nearly 4 years ago just before we decided to try for number 2 (who is now Little Miss). Running over the bridge from Devonport back into the city was exhilarating, I’ve always loved that view. It was my first road race, my first half being an offroad in Hanmer Forest. I then ran my 2 main bucket list races in New York city – the women’s 10K and the MORE Fitness Women’s Half Marathon.
I can only wish that the last few months while I should have been building my base miles would have gone smoother, but they were anything but. I suffered an ankle injury (again!) that kept me off the road for the better part of 2 months. This injury overlapped with a nagging sinus infection – also taking over the better part of 2 months of my life. The 2 combined to zap me of energy and send me into a bit of a downward spiral exercise wise. I tried Pilates for the first time and integrated stretches into my daily routine to help with my ankle injury. But the pounding sinus headaches and on-again-off-again dizziness associated with the sinusitis made it hard for me to do even the Bikram yoga I had picked up again and was doing religiously 3-4 times per week. I struggled to breathe, bend and spent most of the last class I did on my back in Savasanas rather than getting into pose.