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Longest Run of my life- 11.5 mi (and on a Monday?!)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

So this weekend was kind of a letdown with my eating. I ate at home ONCE the entire weekend. Terrible. However, I kept my fast food meals (somewhat) lighter and ate less when it was bad. So needless to say coming out of it yesterday I was feeling a bit sad at myself and worried I may have self-sabotaged to the point of no return.

Well weighing in yesterday I was 203.3, up 2.2 lbs from last Wednesday. However I know some of it was water weight and just excess. On Sunday I attempted to do my 12 mile run. But I was doomed from the start- I drank a bottle of wine the night before, plus several shots and lots of jelly bellys. Then I was up until 3 taking care of boyfriend who I picked up very drunk downtown after a night out with work buddies. So not getting to sleep until 3, when 10:30 a.m. came I wasn't feeling too hot.

But I got in the gym. I was feeling blah. I felt bad for boyfriend, I was tired, weak and not at all ready for a long run on the stupid treadmill because it was rainy and cold out. OH- the main problem is that I slept in the spare bedroom so i didn't have to sleep next to pukey and I woke up with a terrible kink in my neck. I started running, weak. I had to walk after 2.85 miles because I was exhausted- WTF!! I powered through 5 miles and then gave up and called it a day. My neck was pulsing with pain when I was done and I had to sit it out for 10 minutes before moving to leave.

Yesterday morning my neck was a little better, but still only like 60%. I took aleve, stretched it, massaged it and toward the end of the day I could move it pretty well. I was set to run 4 miles yesterday. I got out after work and it was a beautiful slightly overcast and 55 degrees! YES I WILL run outside! I got home and decided I would try for 10 miles.

I've been looking around for a cheap hydration belt and havent brought myself to buy one for $40... I just dont have the $ right now! So I tossed a water bottle in one of those flimsy synch backpacks, kissed Josh and headed out! I put on my Rhianna pandora station, fixed my running jacket/headphones and headed out!

I felt great! My head was in the perfect space and I just put my mind on the places I was running to. I mapped out my 10 miles a few weeks ago so I remembered the route. And it's LONG. I don't know why I felt so good- I only had a lean cusine for lunch and an apple at 4 p.m. So maybe its not having food in me- plus I drank about 4 liters of water throughout the day!

Everything felt great! I was not in pain, only my hip and knees were giving me slight twinges of discomfort. But still feeling good I detoured a bit and added some more mileage. I didn't feel the exhaustion until I hit mile 9. I rounded on a long stretch that was about 1 mile in length and it felt longer than anything! I had been sipping my water when I came to stop lights and jogged in place. I almost stopped at Wendy's and asked for a frosty sample because I could have really used some sugar and calories to give me a boost- I didn't think about bringing a snack- DER. Sometimes when I prepare too much I fail to finish. What is that? IDK.

But I felt dead by the time I came back to the road I started on. I stopped and walked- ready to give up. But then I thought about how far I just ran and how far I COULDNT run when I was 300lbs. And I started slowly jogging again, literally pushing myself mentally to get to the next mailbox, then the next, and the next until I met that street where I finished.

11.5 miles. In 2:09:42. I don't know that it was the hardest thing i've ever done- simply because my head was IN it and I felt strong. Physically though- I was done. I made it to the subway by my house and filled my water bottle. Then walked the .25 mi home. F*CK YEAH!!!

I was so jacked up. Josh made me a sandwich and chips and dip for dinner while I sweated and recovered (how sweet). I started slowly eating and then the nausea and stomach cramps kicked in. I was able to finish my meal, but about 20 mins after I stopped moving I felt like I was about to get the worst runns ever. Nothing happened all night, but the cramping kept coming until I went to bed. My diaphragm and lungs were sore as well. This morning everything is a little tight and sore. But you know what? Totally worth it!

I couldn't be prouder of myself, and that half marathon is going to get dominated! I'm rethinking my big dinner out afterward though- not sure that would be advisable after last night!

Look at the beautiful flowers Josh got me for being there for him this weekend (and always ) awww!! And the AMAZING sweet red Hungarian wine I love!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAALAN23 5/13/2013 12:37PM

    Wow, girl, I am most impressed! You did awesome!


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PURPLE180 4/29/2013 1:45PM

    Well done. Congrats. :-)

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THOMS1 4/23/2013 5:13PM


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BONOLICIOUS2 4/23/2013 1:10PM

    Ummmmm there is not a big enough WOO HOO That I could post on this page!

>Girl you were doing like 11 min miles too! You kicked MAJOR RUNNING BOOTY!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at you go!!!! I'm applauding you from my desk!

VERY pretty flowers from boy, and you look fab! You're going to rock that half marathon, pffft no worries!

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CECE0330 4/23/2013 12:45PM

    Most excellent! I have never LOVED running, but that feeling of accomplishment when you're DONE and you're going.....dude. I just ran "x" miles! is unlike any other feeling i've experienced. It feels freaking AWESOME!!!!! (and my 12 mile run 2 weeks prior to the half...yeah, I had NO WATER. WTF. Sometimes I just don't *think*. My mouth way dry as the Sahara desert, and I was NEVER so happy to slurp down rusty fountain water in the park before.)

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ACCT1908 4/23/2013 12:30PM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I know you feel awesome.

I get cramps sometimes too. OMG hate them.

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/23/2013 12:00PM

    Congrats on a great run! You look beautiful and alive!

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