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That Girl Is A Running Fool: February 2010

On Friday I was informed that

a trail race that was supposed to be back in January was rescheduled for Saturday at noon. Since I was already going to be in the area, why not do the trail race after I did my 5 miler in the morning? It was a last minute decision but I was pumped about trying a trail run, I’d never done one before and everyone talks about how much fun they are.

I knew with 2 races on Saturday I would need to get a good night’s rest. I have a really bad habit of not sleeping well the night before a race so I took one tylenol PM at around 7:00pm to help relax me. It worked perfect, after getting my bag ready (thanks for the list, Michael) I settled into bed nicely at 9:30pm and didn’t wake until 5:45am. I’m pretty sure this is the best sleep I’ve had before a race, ever!

My first race was the Edmond Running Club’s Frigid Five, a 5 mile race in Edmond, Oklahoma. This was the biggest race I’ve done in Oklahoma, there were over 700 people there. Most races I’ve done so far on Oklahoma have had a couple hundred at most so this was a big change. I loved the course, it wound through the park and was very scenic, the only problem I had was since there were so many people it was pretty crowded the entire 5 miles.

I managed to finish with an official time of 49:17 so I was very happy, I would love to be able to keep that pace or close to it for the half in March, we’ll see. One last cool thing about this race, for $20 you get a long sleeved technical shirt, I loved that. All in all, I had a good run, I pushed myself and I was really happy with the race.

The next race was a different story.

When I finished the 5 miler I changed my shirt to let it dry out and got a quick bite to eat before heading to my  next race. The rockstar of this trip was my Garmin navigation system, without this lovely gem I would have never found either of the races.

If you don’t have one of these, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely worth $100 to never be lost again.

I pulled up at the Sooner State Games, picked up my race packet, headed back to my car to warm up and change back into my favorite shirt (one I stole from my hubby). At this point I thought it was a good idea to change my socks too since my feet were sweaty from the first race, in hindsight I probably should have done this MUCH sooner. I made my way over to the start, I was really excited because I really had no idea what to expect.

When the gun went off and we started running I knew I wasn’t going to push it too hard with this one, I had run hard earlier and this was my first trail run so I just wanted to enjoy it. It was a little muddy out so in the beginning I was really trying to preserve my shoes. I would stop at the creek crossings and carefully jump so as not to land in the mud. After a mile or so I realized that was stupid and I should just go for it but jumping in mud doesn’t come naturally to me (especially in expensive shoes) so I was always hesitating before a mud puddle.

I was tired, trail running is WAY different than running on pavement and I don’t get a lot of hills in my training so this was much hillier than I was used to. My hip started bothering me around mile 2 and by the time I hit the water station I was exhausted. My knee started hurting also and I could feel blisters forming on my feet, at this point I knew I was just going to make it back to the start and probably wouldn’t be making the second loop. I have some decent insoles for my plantar fascitiis pain, but even they wern’t helping much.

I was upset with myself for not finishing but I knew that if I kept running I risked hurting myself and right now my focus is my half in March. If I get injured now it could really derail me from finishing the half and I didn’t want to risk it. I was glad I did the trail run, it was fun and I’ll probably do another one after the half but until March 14th, I’m sticking with pavement.

After the race I was exhausted, I hurt and I really wanted to take a nap but I still had an hour and half drive back home. Lucky for me, I was in my husband’s car and he left an 800mg ibuprofen in his cup holder (don’t ask me why or how) but I didn’t care where that thing had been, I took that sucker and headed home.

My Garmin said I did 4 miles on the trail (it was supposed to be 3.5 so I don’t know what that’s all about) so that brought my total to 9 miles for the day. It was less than the 11 I was supposed to do but I was still happy with it and I’m going to move right along to next week where I’m going to tackle 12 miles. Just keep moving forward.

FYI: On Sunday, I had to wear a brace on my knee all day, my hip was still a little sore and I counted 6 blisters on my feet. Gotta love running!

Category: Rambles

Give Me A Streakin’ Break!

Well, my streak is over. It was great while it lasted but I chose not to run last night because my Achilles was still sore. I really don’t want to hurt myself and to be honest my streak was going to end in a week or so anyway. Wednesday I had an appointment with my “lady doctor” (if you follow me on twitter then you already know and possibly unfollowed me for mentioning “gyno” in a tweet). Well, it looks like I will be having surgery in about a week or two, nothing serious, just a routine hysterectomy. Unfortunately though, that means I will need time to recover before running again, lucky for me I’ll be recovering in Colorado.

I’ll be heading to Colorado Springs to visit my BFF and relinquish my parental rights to our beautiful lab, Susie. We’re not going to be taking her with us to Germany because we’re worried she won’t be able to take the stress of the flight since she’s old. Luckily I have an awesome friend who loves her just as much as we do and is going to be her new loving family. This is probably going to be the hardest day of my life, I get teary-eyed just thinking about it, but I know it is what is best for Susie. It sucks we’re having to do this in July when we won’t be leaving for Germany until February but we won’t be able to make it to Colorado again before we leave since the kids can’t miss a day of school this year. I’m going to be in denial up until the second I leave her.

So, yeah, I’m hoping to run this evening but I just have to wait and see how I’m feeling, maybe I’ll try for another streak up until surgery if my ankle agrees with me. What is your longest streak you’ve had? Mine was 12 days.

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Category: Rambles