Here are a couple of the professional pics taken. This first one is of my arrival to the Medic hut after you're finished manoeuvring all the steep downhill sections of the mountain. I was SO relieved to get to this point!!
This second one was when I crossed the finish-line. I don't care that my time wasn't great, considering there were points where I really wasn't sure I was even going to make the finish line.
Since the race I have been babying my body. My muscles were pretty sore for the first few days. After the normal soreness wore off I have recognized that I have some remaining minor injuries that may take a little longer to heal. My achilles, my knee, and one of my shoulders are still giving me some trouble so I have decided to wait to start the gym again until Tuesday next week.
While I was on my hike I was speaking with Marie (a member of my adopting tribe) who runs marathons, and she gave me some great ideas on how to train for a marathon (or half-marathon in my case) with low-impact exercise. So once I get going again at the gym, I'd like to start training towards my half marathon in October... Its only about 3 months away!!
I realized while climbing Mount H'Kusam, that I was definitely going to be able to complete my half-marathon in 3 months time. I climbed a mountain for 7 hours with my heart-rate between 160-180, so running for 3 hours (hopefully less) with my heart-rate between 140-160 is something I CAN do. I will also be very thankful and happy to be running on mostly flat surface with beautiful views to look at!
Can't wait to be feeling better physically and back on the path to success!!
My weight has gone up again as well. I'm sitting at 224lbs right now. I'm not exactly "proud" of this, but its where I am, and hopefully I will be taking care of that soon!