Sixteen miler on Saturday!
My last post, well, was a downer, and for that I apologize. Darn funks suck…LOL
So last night I committed to running with the Fox Valley marathon running group this morning. I told myself, YOU WILL, and YOU CAN do this…so I set out all of my clothes, gear, and items needed for an early morning run. I had doubts I could finish 16 miles, but told myself I would run smart and go with the 10:30 pace group vs. the 10:00 pacer in order to give myself some slack…
I set my alarm for 5:15, knowing I was set and ready to run. I snoozed twice, and nearly jumped out of bed because I didn’t want to be late. Got dressed, ready, and had my protein bar on the way to the trail. Although I am not a morning person I will admit watching the sun rise of the Fox River was truly breathtaking.
I started strong, keeping at the head of the pack with the pacer. Thanks goodness for my newfound friend, Jim who was leading the group. We hit the trails promptly at 6:30. I had drank too much water so needed a bio break around the 2 mile mark. I still felt good, although the nagging knee pain and Achilles tendons pulling caused me to slow down around mile 10. I tried keeping with the group, but decided I needed to stop and stretch things out. I tried keeping the group in my sites, but by mile 12 I had lost them from my consequent walk breaks. But I was still in it…
I met up with a couple girls near the water stop and was blessed a girl named Carla wanted to stick with me. We pushed through to mile 14 and stopped for a quick bio break. I took a cliff shot block around mile 8, and another at mile 12. I NEEDED to finish this run.
We came around the bend at mile 15, and I knew I could finish! My feet hurt, my knee was screaming, and my breathing wavered…but I finished…
16.05 miles, in 2:55…not my best run by far. But a success because I completed it none the less…I wasn’t excited about the 10:54 pace, but still thankful I completed my mileage. Now with aching feet, a blister the size of Texas on my “abnormally long second toe” as my sister’s friend commented, I will settle down with a cocktail. J
Can I really do TEN more miles? Ack!
I got home around 10:30, and noticed I had the chills pretty bad so took a warm Epsom salt bath to warm up, and relax. After which I iced my knee for a good hour, and slept peacefully on my recliner.
The day then transformed in to going to my sister’s kids birthday party. What a blast to hang out with family and friends.
Life. Is. Good.