There is a story to this picture and a lesson never quitting!
I am the one on the left. Kari is my training buddy. She has never run a 5k before. She has never been a runner, either have I really, but I have done several 5ks with varying degrees of running. Our plan was to run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds for the duration of the race. The course was advertised as flat! WE had no time goal, but to finish and put in our best effort. This was our practice race after all!
WELL... about 5 minutes after this picture was taken Kari got a bloody nose. It was her third of the day. She's only been getting them for a couple weeks and this was by far the worst day for them. She had some tissue with her and she was determined to do the race so she stuffed the tissue and off we went.
Next issue, the course was advertised as flat, but the first 4-5 blocks were uphill and it wasn't a little hill. At times it was nearly 45 degrees up! It was also about 98-100% humidity and more than 80 degrees at 9 p.m. WE ran for about the first block or so and came out from under a bridge and saw the 4 more blocks up hill and started walking. We both knew if we pushed on the hill, with Kari's nosebleed, we would have nothing left for the rest of the race.
Well, we made it through the first mile before we stopped at the ambulance on the side to see if they had something to help stop the bleeding. Yes, her nose was still bleeding, but she was not about to quit even if we had to walk the whole way. We got an ice pack from the cute ambulance guy. (I'm single, that's an important detail!) Then off we went for the remainder of the race. WE finished in under 1 hour including the stop at the ambulance.
As we finished and Kari felt like the bleeding had stopped so we went to the post-race party. The line for pizza was too long so we went out to get our own. After finally getting supper and heading back to get her car about midnight, Kari's nose started to bleed again! It was again gushing so we went to the emergency room. After nearly 5 hours of nearly constant bleeding, they got it to basically stop with packing and sent us home. (yes, that was at 5 a.m.!)
BUT we finished the race! :)
This is the short respite between nosebleeds!
PS. She is going to the ENT tomorrow to remove the packing and hopefully find out what is causing the nosebleeds. I am driving her since they won't let her drive on Vicodin. We'll see how it goes.
PPS. Last time I mentioned it, she is looking forward to getting back to training again as soon as she gets rid of the packing and corresponding headache! Hopefully later this week.