Saturday Training

Today was supposed to be the 10K Duck Race in Stuttgart, but Kim and I backed out last night, I really just didn’t want to do it and the weather forecast sealed the deal for me. Also, Annette was not going to be riding with me and Kim, so I decided if Kim didn’t want to go we were definitely out, and as luck would have it, Kim was not into it either. I called Annette and let her know last night and again this morning while she was in route to Stuttgart, after she informed me they had driven through a little bit of rain, I was not a bit guilty just sitting around in my pj’s drinking coffee.

The forecast for Sunday is 80-90% chance of precipitation and cold. I had to get in 10 miles this week before the St. Jude’s Half Marathon next week. We all were going to run tomorrow, but with the forecast Kim and I decided to knock it out today at noon. I met Kim at the Old Mill and since it was not windy we headed to the River Trail for my first 10 mile run since March, I was pretty nervous I wouldn’t be able to finish it. We parked at the Dog Park and headed out, my legs felt like they were in quicksand for the first mile or two and I was breathing pretty hard. I always notice how hard I’m breathing when I run with Kim because I never hear her breathing!

Our route was to take us over the Big Dam Bridge into Little Rock and then back. That Dam Bridge is a Bitch of a hill! We made it up and over and kept on ticking the miles off. We did stop some for quick adjustments to shoes, gloves, jackets, snotty noses and one bathroom break. NO stomach problems again!

Once we got to mile 5, I was so relieved, we were heading back toward the Dog Park. When we were running away from our starting point it just seemed like forever to get to that 5 mile mark, but once we got there, WHEW….I could think about just getting one mile at a time done. It was odd, I would think, okay mile 6, less than 4 more to go, etc.

I could see the Big Dam Bridge in the distance, it looked so far away, and oh CRAP, it was worse going back over it, we were almost at mile 8 at this point and a few drops of something was falling from the sky, I was determined not to walk up that Dam Bridge, but as soon as it leveled out I had to take a quick breather, then it was off again, my Garmin signaled 8 miles, less than 2 miles to go!

We flew down the other side of the bridge and finally got to mile 9, less than 1 mile to go, I knew this was going to be the worse mile and it was. It was also at the part of the River Trail I don’t like as well. Kim and I were running along and I said “my pants feel like they are falling down”, I looked down and my jacket that I had tied around my waist was around my butt! Kim and I cracked up, it was pretty funny, I wonder if anyone saw me running like that and how long my jacket had been slowly creeping down my body.

Mile 10 finally came! Not a moment too soon either, I was ready for it to be overĀ  and then I got this sharp and dull all at the same time pain in my left shoulder blade area, it was so intense it made me nauseated. I had to squat down on the side of the road 3 or 4 times because I thought I was going to puke. It just would not go away, I kept stretching my arm over head, across my chest, but nothing would make it go away. I have had this same pain before after long runs and have no idea what it could be, but it is no fun. The pain finally just went away, we got back to Kim’s vehicle, stretched, moaned and groaned and headed to Starbucks just as it started to rain a little.

I am so happy I was able to run those 10 miles, it now gives me hope that I can do the half marathon next Saturday in Memphis. Thanks Kim for running with me today, and Annette, I know you would have been there too, but you had a great race this morning and a new PR!!

Great 10 miles – Average pace 10:37, 1:46:10

  • Mile 1 10:32
  • Mile 2 10:25
  • Mile 3 10:21
  • Mile 4 10:32
  • Mile 5 10:41
  • Mile 6 10:36
  • Mile 7 10:35
  • Mile 8 10:57 Dam Bridge
  • Mile 9 10:40
  • Mile 10 10:44

2 Responses

  1. Even though it was cold, it was a great 10 mile run!!!! We needed the laugh when your jacket fell down around your butt! I knew you could knock out 10 miles—and you’ll do great in Memphis.

  2. I’m glad you had a good run Cheryl!!!

    Memphis here we come!!

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