(Let’s see if I can keep my knowledge of how to schedule posts. Today (Sunday) I’m working on my application essays all day — or at least that’s the goal. I’m also trying to recover from the first of these this summer/fall. Good times. All to be recap-ed later because I *gasp* took pictures!
So I wrote the portion about my LR on Saturday after the run was done and then tried to edit it so I could keep the tone/tenses correct for readers reading today after putting in stuff about my run today. It may or may not have been a success. I guess you’ll have to read and see 🙂 )
I slept for 11 hours Saturday night. For real. Like, who am I?! I guess that I was really sleep deprived this week?!
I also guess that the massive amounts of coffee I drank on Friday didn’t affect my bedtime. I will say that, while I am completely addicted to caffeine (I get the headaches and withdrawal if I don’t have it everyday) the amount in the coffee I had might have been too much. I wasn’t jittery or shaky during the day but it was kind of like an outer body experience until about dinnertime.
Oops. And I didn’t end up having any more caffeine that day. No diet coke with lime for me. So sad but I just did not need it. Lesson learned.
The lesson being more sleep is a good thing. I didn’t exactly wake up feeling all renewed but it was nice to have gotten a large fix of some “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”.
Obviously this being a good thing as I planned a long run for Saturday. I really like putting my LR on Saturdays for some reason. I used to do them on Sundays because I felt that’s when runners did them but when training for my first marathon I got into the habit of running long on Saturdays. And then during one summer I even did them on Fridays because my weekends were so packed with working 10 hour days. Just goes to show you how one thing doesn’t fit all.
Anyway back to the run at hand.
Since I’m still new to the area I’ve been relying on mapmyrun to give me routes. Or rather I search for routes other people have done in the area and then slightly modify them. Today I took on of the routes and did it as is. I did have to tack on about a half mile total to it because the start of the map wasn’t my apartment (how rude!).
I think it’s always slightly risky when trying out new runs in areas that you haven’t been in before. Hell I think it’s risky even driving in areas that you haven’t been in before because, especially in a city, you just don’t know who lives there, what the roads are like etc.
But I’m a risk taker. Clearly 😛
The fact that my route wasn’t tested out or previewed in a car by me was…okay. Last weekend I did this (run without seeing all the roads) and it worked out okay. I made a few minor errors but luckily the area where I was running is a place where I could easily correct: I was in an area where I could “see” the map in my head because it’s on College Hill and the roads are pretty logical. I wasn’t exactly flying blind today but there was that potential so I was a bit nervous.
But I was really gung-ho about this run because I was going to be able to run through a park/golf course/pretty area with ponds. Getting to said area might be difficult but the rewards were great.
Plus I got to run in two states (I almost wrote two *different* states but figured “duh they’d be different”. I can be so blond at times haha) How awesome is that?!
And before I get into my run I want to say “great job” to all those who are doing/have done their 20 milers this week. I got back from my long run, read about everyone’s 18-20-ers and suddenly what I did felt very short indeed 😉
Not that my run was too shabby. I ran 13.57 miles (of course in my log book it goes in as 13.5 hah!). This is farthest I’ve run since about mid-June. I know I did lots of doubles/triples this summer where my miles were way high for a day but for a single run it’s been awhile since I ran this far. I think I’ve done a handful of 11-ers but that’s it. It made me a little nervous but nerves mean you care, right?
So I set out in beautiful sunny weather. Yay 🙂
So I put on my shades to cover up my eyes. But rather than feeling like a star and not stopping my shine I was feeling eh. And I’ve probably already linked to this song/video but it’s awesome. So deal.
Feeling eh? Well I definitely started out that way. But I just told myself to relax and my legs would warm up a bit. I think that my legs feel the same way on all my other runs too but since I left at noon for this run my brain was actually awake and could process the stuff. But true to form I did warm up and was off.
The way I ended up running my route had me running the more “industrial” part of the run first which I liked. Not that I liked running through real legit city but rather that I got to run the second part last. This section (aka the first 7 miles) was kind of boring, lots of pavement and no shade. Granted the temps were outrageous but sunlight shining directly on you makes you hot.
Once I got to the park (and any subsequent pictures are from google as I didn’t bring my camera. But this is the area I was running in) the place was stunning. Apparently there’s this bike path that runs about 10 miles or so. I ended up only running 3 of the miles but I really can’t wait to go back and explore.
Surprisingly I didn’t see *that* many people out running/walking/biking. The weather was perfect for this stuff! Granted there were a ton of families in the park area itself and the smell of s’mores and grilling was mighty tempting for stopping. But with a view like this how could I?!
After passing through the park I got back onto the main roads and headed back to my apartment. I could definitely tell that my pace had picked up over the course of miles 4-10 and with about 3 left I wanted to see if I could keep up with that. Obviously I needed have worried because once I lock into a pace I’m there or faster. So, while I don’ t have data for each mile, I’m really confident that I can say I negative split this one too.
My final stats were: 13.5 miles at 8:27 pace.
It was very very tempting to run until I hit 14 miles. Without a garmin that would have been tough to guesstimate. Or hit 2 hours even. But there really wasn’t any real reason to do that.
Because, and I realized this during mile 5 of my run today, I’m running a half marathon next week. Or at least I’m really thinking about it. I’ve run it a couple times in the past and this year would be running it with Lacey. Of course I’m not registered yet (and won’t until race day) but it’s an opportunity that has presented itself and, barring anything popping up unexpectedly, I’ll likely be doing it. Exciting.
Also exciting? I’m getting another black toenail. Okay so maybe not terribly exciting especially as I just got rid of one. But the aching in this toe has felt suspiciously like my toe infections of the past so I’m glad that it appears to be just a banged up toe. Of course now I’ve jinxed myself and will likely end up in the hospital again. Like in the next hour.
As far as today (Sunday) I got out for an “early bird” recovery run (quotes because it was a first thing run. Not because I was up early ha!). Nothing serious on that front and I’m surprisingly not too banged up.
Well that was what I had planned to run today. Oh hubris. Clearly I wrote that sentence on Saturday before my ER trip.
After spending the night in the hospital due to the fact that my toe is, in fact, infected, those plans have changed. Sunday is now a forced rest day. I still maintain that I don’t feel banged up but my toe is pulling out the trump card. Luckily I wasn’t stubborn this time and got to the hospital BEFORE the infection spread from the actual toe so I’m only on oral antibiotics now. Also kind of a good thing I went because now I have a primary care doctor which I was lacking in this city up until…well technically I still am because I need to call on Monday but I have a name and number!
I’ve also made plans to go to the local running store today just to try and make some running friends and connections in the running world. I want to be in the know in my new city. I may also have to break the bank and purchase new running shoes as these are what I’m currently running in
Note the blood and the fact that the heels do not have the fabric anymore.
Yes that is a hole in the mesh of the toe box
But from the outside they look okay and not too worn. Right?!
I probably should be more embarrassed about posting these pictures than I really am. But really, what can you expect after getting just north of 1700 miles.
But now it’s time to get back to working. I swear I’m making some progress on my application essays! Slow and steady right?