Saturday, September 18, 2010
22 mile story (warning graphic pic...but you really should see it)
Here we are posing. If you can't tell these ladies have some strong legs. M is to the left...hello quads. J to the right...if she turned around she could take you out with her calf.
So tired and sweaty...couldn't muster the energy to touch each other.
OK...here is my unexpected surprise. The minor blister that seemed gone...has returned and in a big way.
So today started off great. I was expecting to be running in the rain and was pleasantly surprised to see overcast and perfect temps. Today was going to be different. This was the big daddy...the longest run until the real thing.
J or Blonde pony my regular running buddy, M (AKA Quads) and her friend K all made it my place and we were ready to rock 22 miles. By mile 3 K was not feeling well and was dry heaving. WHAT? This is not good. So we stop and wait for a sec and it looks like we can do this. By mile 4 K was slowing down and not looking good. Quads was trying to stay with her so Blonde Pony and I pushed on. Hmmm not the best start to the amazing posse run I had envisioned. By mile 6 we could see Quads and K and they looked strong so we just kept going. I thought they would cut the run short or just go at a slow pace and we would cross paths when we turned to come back. (that didn't happen)
Felt like a rock star. Legs were strong and I was looking foward to getting to half way point. It was nice to catch up with Blonde Pony as we have both been running solo lately.
Hit the porta potty quickly and took some fuel. Still felt pretty strong. Getting from 10-11 seemed like FOREVER, but once we turned around I was good. Getting started again was a bit rough....major left knee pain. Hobbled for a sec and I was fine.
Great! I know weird post...great at 13 seems odd to me. We hit the half at 2:03 which made me feel like we were on track. Had to cross the road in town here so had to pause for a moment for traffic. Again pain starting back up. Note to self, keep moving. Wondering where Quads and K could have gone?? My only hope was that were together and Quads was able to get her long run in like she needed. We also had a bonus sweet distraction from a sweet mama friend who JUST got cleared to run after having a baby who wanted to come out to support us. She looked amazing and had no problem staying wih us. Thanks A for the boost. Loved it!
On my road HOME..finally just left the last hill BEHIND me. Trying to not pay attention to tightness in quads, pain in shins, and left knee pain. Called hubby..requesting water check and banana's. So he came out and Blonde Pony and I split a banana and left some for the birds. It was perfect. As he was leaving he said that he saw Quads ahead. I told him to go check on her and give her anything she needed.
Hmmmm what can I say...I was tired!! I tried to find a good place mentally and push through. I know Blonde Pony heard more HEAVY BREATHING than she would have like. Sorry! But we did it! 3:26 and 51 seconds!
Got home to find Quads on my front porch and no K. Oh no!!! I guess K went home and poor QAUDS ran the rest of her 20 solo. UGH!!!! I definitely will plan better on my next posse outing.
Soooo if you are still reading this I would LOVE any advice about my toe. I did the sterilizing thing and gently drained it. be sure to notice the other one on the 4th toe as well. I do have new shoes but the big mama blister is pre new shoes. Hmmmm what to do??? Hubby is sure I need to take a week off. Not possible! Happy to be done and ready to hit Portland!!