Never in my life would I have dreamed that I could do this. Well, yes, I could dream it...ha... but to actually do it. OMG.
But... I did it! I made it this morning! Alive and all in one piece. T-E-N looooooooooooong miles! Whew.
I was dreading this run more than all the others for sure just because of the distance. Out of my entire 4 months training schedule, this is one of the two biggest runs as we're nearing the end (HM is on Feb 20th). You know, the double digits runs. SCARY!!!!!! And even though I had completed the 9 miles two weeks ago, this was still daunting.
So I was NERRRR----VOUS!
So here was my last 24 hours. Last night. Got home early. Packed my bag for the morning run. Prayed. Took out my run clothes and knee braces. Prayed. Made a sandwich and protein smoothie and packed it for the morning for the post-run. Prayed. Took 2 Alteril (to get a good night's sleep). Prayed. (lol... are you seeing a pattern here?) Did a bit of work before bed. Prayed. Fell asleep. Woke up at 6am. Prayed. (lol)... Got ready. Prayed. Took my vitamins grabbed my stuff and headed out the door. Prayed even more.
Got there and 7am we're off.
First off all, it was pretty darn cold (for South Florida, lol). 46 degrees. And people say it doesn't get cold down here. Yeah right. Try running that with a windchill coming straight off the ocean and smacking you in the face, making it more like 35 degrees. I was ok but my fingers and one ear was frozen, ha.
Miles 1-3, excellent, warmed up nicely and ended at the pier. Circled back with ease. And went by fast.
Miles 3-5 still awesome, feeling warm and good. Ear has thawed (lol) and I can feel all of my fingers and toes. Stopped briefly for a much needed bathroom break. Hallelujah. I swear as I went to the ladies, I couldn't feel my thighs or my butt or my waist...lol. EVERYTHING was completely numb. It was so funny. Got back on track and passed our morning START point to go down the other side of the beach boardwalk.
Miles 5-8, annoyed. Here was the "fun" part. There was some CanadaFest happening on the boardwalk and there were tent shops and crowds all over the place. Had to duck and dive and dodge almost the entire way. And the people everywhere are always asking us questions, about who we are (since we are a rather big group). Took a little bit more out of me then I expected. But I made it. We all did. We doubled back and finally got rid of the crowds.
Miles 8-9. I hit my wall. Now it's no longer my left knee giving me problems, but rather my right knee now. Twinging and cramping. But not terribley like my left knee injury before. So funny how before it was the left, now it's the right. Hopefully this ailment will realize it has no other knee of mine to bother and it'll go away... you know like in one knee, out the other, lol. Anyway.... I was losing my breathing and slowing. But pushing nonetheless. "Keep going, keep going, you can do it."
Miles 9-10. Wall HIT, but unfortunately instead of me knocking "it" over, "it" knocked me over....(laughing) People, I was tired. And I was struggling. I started increasing my walking breaks just to get by. My recovery was less and less, but I kept at it. "Just keep going". So I kept up a fast walk pace and ran on occasion. I was never in jeopardy of completely stopping, but I completely lost my pace.
Mile 10!!! I took up the last 50 yards or so and just ran it in. I was good, just really, really tired. And my right knee is twingy and a bit week. But praises be... I made it!!!!! As I walked around and stretched to cool down, I took out the ice pack I had brought. I always ice me knee post run now. So I got that baby cooled on my inclined knee while chatting with the group and binging on the orange slices they had out for us. Still amazed.
Quick assessment. Even though I was a hot mess, I was good. And I'm still good now. Surprisingly! Finished 10 miles stronger than even when I finished the 9 miles. It's amazing how your body really does adapt and flourish with proper care, nutrition and discipline.
So 4 weeks until the A1A Half Marathon!!! Woot.
Oh, and here's a little pic of the morning sunrise when I first arrived. Just lovely...
Bless! And hugs to all...
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