Phynna’s race day success

Saturday, April 25, was the final day of Phynna’s journey with Norton Sports Health as she participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon.

Saturday, April 25, was the final day of Phynna’s journey with Norton Sports Health as she participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon.

In the week leading up to the race, Phynna ran two miles a day and made sure she stretched before each exercise.

“It’s getting close to race day. At this point I’m trying to put into practice everything that I have learned so far from [the] Norton Sports Health team,” she said in her journal entry on April 22.

On Friday she attended the training team pasta dinner. “I didn’t eat much, but it was great to be in the company of other runners. It was a live atmosphere!” she said.

On the day of the race, Phynna wrote, “Race day! I am pumped!” She started the race very well and felt great. Although it rained the entire time, that didn’t bother Phynna. “The crowd was nothing short of electrifying,” she said.

Around mile 8, Phynna started to feel the “fire” slip away. “My adrenaline was still operating at a super-high level, but my knee began to ache a little,” she said.

Phynna finished with a time of 3:23. “My goal was 2:30, but I’m OK with it. I’m proud of myself,” she said. “I’ll do better next year. Yep, I said it. NEXT YEAR!”

After the race she followed all race recommendations by continuing to walk despite her soreness, drinking plenty of water and eating to maintain her energy.

She relaxed and used her Grid, a nontraditional foam roller that helps relieve soreness and tension, to loosen up her sore muscles. “It was one of those ‘hurt so good’ moments,” she said.

Phynna felt just minor soreness the day after the race.

“I felt a little tinge on my right knee, and I mean little, but other than that, I feel wonderful! Full of energy, just beautiful,” she said.

Phynna’s enthusiasm and gratitude radiate from her final comments about her race experience.

“I had to pinch myself. I couldn’t believe that I had completed a mini marathon the previous day for the first time at the age of 44. Now, that may not mean a lot to some folk, but it just tickles me pink.

“You wouldn’t believe the number of people who have come up to me and asked me how I did it. My answer each time has been ‘Norton Sports Health and their team.’

“Thank you, Norton Sports Health! You gave me the tools and information to make this run a success. It has been an honor and a pleasure.

God bless each of you.”


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