Saturday, August, 20, 2011
So I took yesterday off which is recommended by Coach Ric; and being that I had my seven miles to run, I took it. I had been having anxiety dreams about this run since getting the e-mail with the route, and last night was no exception. I kept waking up and looking at my clock, afraid that I was going to oversleep. I finally did just get out of bed around 4:00 thinking I would relax until it was time to leave. Of course my little one had other plans as she woke up and had a hard time going back to sleep. In the end, I was running late, but that's okay because so was Grace Kelly.
I met her at our assigned location, and we didn't see our other group members, but we were both late, so we thought maybe they had already left. So it's 5:30, and we take off. I got to use my LED light that I won last week for my magic mile, so that was pretty cool. It is so hot and muggy here that we were working up a visible sweat before we even reached the first half mile. Somewhere between mile two and three, we were in a neighborhood running alongside a pond. That was kind of neat- running by a pond, the sun barely starting to peak out, and ducks waking up. I told Kelly that it would be so nice here if it was just a little cooler. We kept going trying to take sips of water and rationing it until we reached mile five where our water station would be.
So far, so good. Now we're a little past mile four. We turn onto a street that we grossly underestimated the length of. This road went on forever! And it seemed even worse because toward the end of this road was our water station, and we were both out of water.
Finally, we see the corner and our coolers. As we reached it, it was funny that it seemed many of our groups were meeting up at this particular spot at the same time. I grabbed my ice-cold water towel and put it on my back. I should mention that I made the mistake of wearing a white, cotton t-shirt because all my other running shirts were dirty. I also thought I was being smart because we were starting out in the dark and white would be good. Well as the ice water was running down the back and front of my shirt, I realized that this was not the best idea. But at this point, I didn't really care. It was getting hotter as time went on, we were at 5.7 miles, and we still has another mile and a half to go. We refilled our water bottles and kept going. All was fine until we reached the last mile. I don't know if it was a mental thing or what, but I was tired and I could feel my heart rate getting slightly higher. Kelly was still going strong , but I was tired. She kept me going though. We got back to the starting point right at 7.25 miles. We did it! I did it! And I did it without killing Kelly's watch. It took us two hours and three minutes.
Coach Dan asked us how the run went and we told him it was great. I added that it was tough, especially that last mile. He said, "It's supposed to be tough. It's tough for all of us. If this was easy, everyone would be doing it." That made me feel really good. I know that it's easy for me not to give myself enough credit, especially around these guys who have so much running experience and marathons behind them. So him saying this to me just made me feel that I belong there. Among the runners. Pushing myself. Striving to improve. I may only have a few month of running behind me, but they were once in my running shoes too.
Seven miles! I've been told by Lynn that at ten, I am entitled to ribs! But I'm thinking a cheesecake shake might be the way to go. =)