Thursday, December 03, 2009
For the last 3 days, since the Seattle Half Marathon, I have been taking it easy, resting, and generally being good, and bored out of my mind! So today, cold as it was, I got on my running gear and went for a run! Just a short one, DH kept cautioning me not to try too much. (still have bruises and scrapes from my fall during the Half)
I had been feeling kind of bummed out because of what I saw as my crumby finish time, and because I hadn't run since the half. I felt like what I needed was a good hard run!
So I ran for 2 miles, and it felt GREAT! Not the it felt great when you are all stretched, and showered and dressed again great, but GREAT! while I was running! I could have pushed the speed a bit more, but I still did a sub 12 min. pace, which is about my 10K pace. It felt just wonderful! It was cold, and there was no one else out there, just me and my tunes! I didn't want to quit! Nothing hurt! Not my knees, or my calves or my hamstrings or even the bottoms of my feet! And I discovered how much I had missed running, just those few days. I would never have thought I would miss it that much.
So I am BACK, feeling GREAT, and ready to kick some booty!
Keep on Sparkin!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday night I was so excited about my upcoming Half Marathon on Sunday that I thought I would not be able to sleep at all. Instead, I was asleep nearly as soon as my head hit the pillow! I did wake up briefly a couple of time, looked at the clock and said "Nope - not time to get up yet!" and went back to sleep. Woke up again at 4:15 and decided I might as well get up and start getting ready.
I got dressed, made coffee, and got DH up, then had my "Running Breakfast" of a protein shake and banana. We left home about 5:30 to go pick up our son, and got to Seattle just after 6:30. It was still dark!
Oh my, the craziness! There were so MANY people, and it was SO LOUD! i was so excited, I think my heart rate was already nearly at Max, even before the start!
The race finally started at 7:30 and I think my pace group was about 5 minutes back from the start line. Hubby was filming at the start, filmed for 5 minutes and never did see me cross the line. But, we were off! Down 5th Ave. and on to I-90. I was feeling so good about my pace at that point, had even passed the runner with the pace marker. It was perfect weather for running. Cool, but not wet.
Somewhere near mile 3, just before the express tunnel, I decided it was time for a GU gel. Took my eyes off the road to unzip my pouch, and BAM! Found myself on the pavement! There was a large collective "OOHHH" from behind me, and then about a dozen hands picking me up! If any of my fellow Sparkers were among those who helped me up - Many thanks! I had split my chin, and it was bleeding, and my top lip was swelling up, but at that point I didn't really feel all the other spots that had made contact with the ground! I wiped off my chin, said "I'm OK" and took off running again. Behind me I heard "OMG- She's running again!"
Thanks also to the sweet young woman who decided to run along side of me for awhile, making sure I really WAS OK!
At this point, I was still feeling really good about my pace, even caught up with the pace runner again, and passed her again. I did get some funny looks from people as I was running, wasn't sure what that was about. (keep in mind, at this point I had not seen a mirror!) I was really loving the experience. DD had kept telling me "Just have fun, and be sure to remember the experience!"
At about mile 8, I saw my family, and ran over to give them a hug and kiss before continuing on. I was still feeling pretty darned good.
Prior to the race I was concerned about the hills I would encounter. Had had several training days when I chose a course that had hills to be sure I could handle them. That was a good thing, because there WERE HILLS! But they really didn't seem all that bad- a challenge, yeah, but not awful.
Then somewhere around mile 10 the ITB in my left knee made itself known! OH Darn! So I slowed down a bit, then I walked a bit, Then I ran some more and when it hurt again, I walked some more. By the latter part of mile 12 I was just walking, and not fast either! Every so often I would try to run, and the pain was just too much. I REALLY didn't want to WALK across the finish line, so I decided at that point, discretion was the better part of valor, and just walked up to the Stadium, and then sort of ran/hobbled across the line! My time was a "blazing" (tongue in cheek!) 3hrs, 11 min and 11 seconds! Not nearly what I had hoped for, but at that point very grateful for it to be over!
I collected my finish medal, my space blanket hugged my family, and hobbled into the Medical Tent. I was hoping for some ice, for my knee. The Doc (she said she was a physician - not a medical student!) took one look at me and said "here, you sit right here and lets clean up that chin!" (still no mirror!) Then she wanted to put stitches in it! Ultimately, she didn't, but only because their stitch material was too big, and would make too big of a scar! So she got that cleaned up, and bandaged, and cleaned out the gravel from my hands, bandaged them, and then turned to my knee. (FINALLY!) Apparently it was bleeding too, so it got bandaged. She gave me a bag of ice, saying "This is for your FACE, but you can change off with your knee if you want to!"
So, if any of you were there, I was the one in the Hot Pink jacket, with the bloody chin and fat lip!
I did eventually get to see a mirror, and even worse, the pictures DH had taken! Good Grief! At least people didn't run screaming the other way!
Well, Darling Daughter, I am pretty sure I will REMEMBER this one! Still, except for the falling down part, the bloody chin part, and the pain in the knee part, it was really fun. I DID love it, and I will do it again!
PS, In spite of the really slow time, I STILL finished 8th of 11 in my age div.! Like I always say, if you can't outrun the competition, just outlive them!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This Thanksgiving is going to be a little odd for us. Instead of having the whole family, including all 4 grandkids and at least 2 dogs all together, we will instead be just 4. Dear MIL is not feeling very strong this year, and so Hubby and I, along with DS will be having dinner with her at the retirement facility where she lives. Dear Daughter and her family will be having dinner with her Hubby's Grandma and will join us later for dessert. So it is going to be very quiet this year. None of the excitement and noise that we ususally have when we are all together. It makes me feel sad on a couple of different levels. First, because this may well be MIL's last Thanksgiving with us. She will be 96 in about a week and a half, and has been failing steadily the last year. It is so hard to see that happen. Second, Dear SIL is being recalled to active duty by the Marines in Feb, and will deploy to Afghanistan in May, meaning he will be away from us for the Holidays again next year. (He has had 3 tours in Iraq - hopefully this one will be his last deployment, as he should be eligible to retire when he gets home!) It just makes every moment so much more precious.
So, I don't have to do any cooking, but I really enjoy that part, with family all around........
On a happier note, I have done my last short run prior to the Seattle Half on Nov. 29! I am just so excited about this race! A little nervous - I just keep hoping the knees and calf will hold up for the 13 miles! I had a great conversation with my chiropractor today - the one that is a marathoner and triathlete. He will be doing the Full Marathon that day. He is always such a source of encouragement! Whenever I go in we end up talking about running! And What a pep talk I get! I think both of my kids, at least 1 grand kid, as well as DH will be there to cheer me on. Plus, I will be looking for Lynnes521 there, and any other Sparkies I can find! I just can hardly stand still, I am so excited!
I wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of you, My Spark Friends! I will check back in after the race and let you all know how it went!
Keep the Spark!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Well, I have really done it now, I am committed for sure! Yesterday I had DH drive by our local Road Runner Sports store and I dropped off my entry for the Seattle Half Marathon on Nov. 29. So now, I am committed to running it.
So, what does that mean, exactly?
It means several things .....
That I have to start running hills in my training run. Seattle has HILLS!
That I have to seriously work on building my speed. (I know - I'm an old person - I don't have to be fast! But I would like to be a bit faster!)
That I just CAN'T get sick, or injured - no time now to allow for healing or getting over a bug!
That I have to work on increasing my distance. So far I have run 11.17 miles and my energy and stamina really tanks the last mile or so. So I have to work on better "refueling" and rehydrating along the way to keep the energy up.
That I can't wimp out and run on the treadmill just because it might be raining out. This race often (usually?) is run in the rain. The year my daughter did it, it just POURED! So I need to run in the rain to be sure my gear will keep me warm if not totally dry!
So basically, I need to take care of myself, do lots of running, and let all my family and friends know how really grateful I am for their unflagging support in this endeavor! And that includes my Sparkie friends - Thanks Sparkie Peeps!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I didn't get out on my run as early as I wanted to, and that turned out to be OK, even though it meant I finished later. The sun came out, at least for awhile, and it was just Glorious with all the golden leaves on the trail!
Even though it was a really long run (for me, that is! All you "elite" runners out there will probably think it was nothing - but even ultra distance runners had to start somewhere!) So I went 11.17 miles, on a spectacular day, on a beautiful trail, and it just felt wonderful! There were just bunches of people running out there this morning. Must have been some running clubs getting together or something - I bet I saw almost 2 doz. people. Some alone, and some in groups, the most I have ever seen out there. Especially on that part of the trail, where it is usually pretty quiet.
The best part of all, for me, was that nothing cramped up on this run! I was pretty tired, and not very fast by the last half mile or so, but it all felt pretty darned good!
One thing of note, you never know just how many places you have chafed until you get in the shower and that hot water hits you! Whoowee, does that sting!
I keep thinking, that on these long runs, I should be learning something really profound. And I guess the most profound thing is to just not ever give up. I was so close to giving up when I started have trouble with the cramping in my calf, but thanks to some really supportive people, Sparkies and others, I stuck to it. I learned that I really do have to warm up well before I head out, and to stretch really good. I have to hydrate well, and to be sure to re-fuel along the way. And not be afraid to walk a little to loosen up if I have to. And DON'T QUIT! I have 29 days til the Seattle Half, and 2 more long runs and then to taper the last week. I know now I CAN DO IT! Maybe that is profound enough!
Keep the Spark!
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