My family and a few other families went up to Myrtle Beach on Christmas, the day after my 18er.
We bowled, played cards, watched TV, and after-Christmas shopped.
On the 26th, it was time to get in a run. I went with my sister. Since I just wanted to get back into it after the LR, and since beach running can be risky for your calves and achilles and my left plantar fascia was flaring up a bit again, I was ready to take it easy. My sis normally runs 2-3 mi, so I was really excited when she made it the whole 5.5 mi without issues. We were going slower than she normally goes, so she could handle it. The run felt easy, since we were going so slowly.
I chose to run without my iPod - it's not often that you get to enjoy the sounds of the wind and ocean and birds, the feel of the sand and wind, and the sights of the buildings and big sky and little shells, so I went sans iPod. I couldn't convince my sister to do the same, but whatevs.
Looking at that now, I notice that there were people around, haha.
The ground was firm enough to not worry me too much, once you got past the deep dry sand. There was some camber, so we tried our best to stay on the flattest portions.
My left inner achilles started bugging me with about 2 mi to go. Still runnable, but it happened.
I massaged it and stretched afterwards. The next day, my left knee started hurting sometimes when I would walk on that foot, once my weight was put on it. Dunno. Seems okay now, enough that I may try an intervals session today.
Risk... reward... eh.
5.5 in 49:19, 8:58 ave. I sprinted at the end to make it sub-9 pace. I would've gone faster if I was on my own, but it was fun to run with my sis for a whole 5.5 mi. I don't think the distance was that hard for her, either, since we were going slowly... so maybe she can do a Half sometime!