Small run

Today was my first run since Saturday’s 20-miler and since I’ve been sick, it was not the best run ever, but I did run 3 miles with an average pace of 10:28, not bad, not great.

I’m keeping my Dr.’s appointment I have this afternoon, my stomach is still not right, I still feel nauseated and my joints are still getting some odd sharp pains, this may be my only chance to go to the Dr. before I head back on the road.  On the Dr. note, I had a dream about my Doc this morning, he ravished me 🙂 and I did not mind. HA!!!

Tomorrow I will attempt 4 miles and then I think Tammy and I are running the 5 mile loop on Friday.

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Home and Sick

Home for 2 weeks and I’ve been sick since Sunday morning. UGH.  Just figures, not sure what I have or had, but I’ve been in bed or on the couch until this morning.  Nauseated, Headache, Fever and Joint pain, especially my ankles and back, weird.  the worse day was Sunday, yesterday was a tad better and today the fever is finally gone, still a little nauseous, but I was able to eat some toast and drink some coffee.

Of course no running, which is disappointing, I was so hoping to get back in my routine for 2 weeks, but maybe I can start tomorrow if the rain stays away.  I need to get some speed back for the American Odyssey Relay which is coming up in April, getting excited about it, I’m leg 9, 21 and 33.  Not sure what time of the day it will be, but it will be exciting nonetheless.  If you go on the website you can click on each leg and it gives you the turn by turn directions, elevation, distance, etc.  I would like to run all my legs at a 9:30 pace, which is doable, maybe not on the last leg when it will be 24 hours into the race, but I’m hoping I can keep it close.

Next trip is Raleigh, NC, never been there, we drove close when we did our vacation last year, but my sister didn’t want to drive through the “big city” so instead we spent hours going around Raleigh.  I’m hoping I can find a hotel that is close to a running trail so I don’t have to run on the treadmill, I’m pretty much done with the dreadmill, I hate it and don’t want to think about it ever again, which I know is impossible.

I have to get to work now so signing off.

20 miler was a wet one

What a day for a 20 mile run.  Yesterday was Tammy’s first 20 mile run in preparation for the Little Rock Marathon on March 15, we’ve been doing the long runs every Saturday since the first of September and I don’t know how we’ve missed being rained on, but Mother Nature made up for it yesterday.

Tammy had warned me earlier in the week – it supposed to be in the 20’s with a wintry mix, oh boy, but in Arkansas the weather changes by the hour and as the week went on we were blessed with the temperature starting out in the 40’s, but still a chance of rain.

I talked to Tammy Friday night while I was at the airport and she said still a big chance of rain, she was thinking of maybe doing the run on Sunday, I piped in, what would you do if it rained on Marathon day?  Now, don’t get me wrong, I did not want to run in the rain, but we have to be prepared, it could very well rain on Marathon day, it could snow or even be hot, who knows, you have to be prepared for any condition mean ole Mother Nature might throw at you.

I got home at a decent hour on Friday night, around 8:00pm and was able to get unpacked and start getting my clothes ready for the next day, I checked the forecast and there was a 60% chance of rain, yuck.  I packed my regular running gear, plus added some stuff in a bag to change into, dry socks, shoes, top, jacket.  Tammy had also said we would be looping around by our vehicles around mile 12 if we needed to refill water or change clothes, THANK GOD!

Kim was to meet up with us at the parking lot and she did, I was surprised seeing that she is running an Ultra next weekend in Ft. Worth, I thought she would be tapering this week.  It was a HUGE crowd of runners and it was not raining, but we all had our rain gear on, hats, rain jackets, even though we could see the moon and it did look like it was clearing up, fooled us.

We were running most of the marathon route, which we also ran last week too, first across the Broadway Bridge into NLR and first pit stop, I couldn’t pass it up, mile 1.5 and then off again, we looped through Argenta then back across the bridge, through downtown, the River Market and over by the Interstate when we felt the first rain drops, this was around mile 6, oh great, 14 miles to go, wet and cold.  At first it was just a sprinkle and then these huge drops started coming down, it was a cruel joke, it rained for at least a mile then let up.  As we turned onto 16th street which was right in the middle of the Ghetto, mile 10, it started again, great.  This time though we were being pelted with either Hail or Sleet, we were sure which and this huge lightning bolt and clap of thunder.  They hadn’t predicted thundershowers so this was a shock to us all and we had nowhere to take cover.

All we could do was keep running, we spotted an overhang on an old building and pulled in there until the biggest part of the rain let up, maybe 5 minutes, while we were there we had a chance to do our nutrition and get some water, which I’m sure we didn’t do enough of yesterday.  Once the rain let up some we were off again.  It was 2 miles back to the car, I was anxious to get dry socks, mine were squishy.  Kim was talking about calling it a day when we got back to the car if the rain was still heavy.

Once we got back to our cars I changed socks, I really don’t know why, my insoles were soaked and as soon as I put my foot back in my shoe my sock was wet again, but it felt good for about a minute, it also gave me a minute to massage my aching feet.  My feet were killing me even before we got to 10 miles, I’m not sure what the problem is, probably just old joints, but it’s very painful, I guess at some point I need to go to see someone.

While Kim was in her car changing socks I had a feeling she was not going to finishing the 20 miles and sure enough she had the beginnings of some blisters on her toes and decided to call it a day, I don’t blame her, the Ultra is looming just 7 days away.  So it was hugs and good-byes, Tammy and I were off again in the rain, which never really quit for the last 8 miles, I think it may have gone down to a mist one or two times, but it was just miserable.

I had to take my gloves completely off, they were so soaked I was constantly squeezing water out of them and I think they were making my hands colder, so mile 13 on, no gloves.  I felt much colder the last part, no wonder, wet and a little wind, my jacket kept most of the rain off, but it was still getting in around my neck, my head was wet, soaked though my hat, my legs, butt, feet, everything wet and cold, but we did it, we ran 20 miles and now Tammy knows she can finish that marathon no matter what the conditions.  I was super proud of her, toward the end her hip was really bothering her, but she pushed through it and looked like she could have run another 6 miles.

We immediately got out of our wet tops, socks and shoes, which made us feel a ton better, but the shivering would not stop, Starbucks was calling and we couldn’t get there soon enough.  That hot coffee was the best, the heat was blasting in my vehicle and when we pulled up at my house we didn’t want to get out.

I spent the day curled up watching TV and just relaxing, I don’t have to go out of town for 2 weeks, what a relief.  This morning I wanted to sleep in, but I woke up at 4:30am, OMG, you’ve got to be kidding me.  I immediately started thinking about the American Odyssey Relay, it’s just a couple of months away and I have to make my airline arrangements today, just different things going through my mind about that and then my stomach started hurting and I just didn’t feel right.  My lower back was aching, head hurting, went back to bed, just felt bad.  I couldn’t go back to sleep and got up at 6:00, made coffee, got the paper and could hardly drink my coffee, I know this is TMI – but I was running to the bathroom, this happened about 5 times, still feel achy, took my temperature and it’s about 99.5, so I guess I picked up a bug.  I’ve taken some ibuprofen, finally gotten something in my gut and am in bed with the electric blanket on high.  This is not how I had planned to spend my day, I’m hoping I feel better in a little while, right now every time I get up I feel like crap and it’s back to bed, I don’t get sick, hardly ever.

Oh – our 20 miler was at an average pace of 11:27, pretty strong I think considering the elements.  My Garmin is set to stop when I stop.

Dreadmill and getting pudgy

It was a long day yesterday getting to Columbia, I arrived around 2:30pm, I stopped and picked up a grilled cheese and bowl of vegetable soup for lunch, I was not feeling hungry earlier my head doctor (migraines) put me on a new medication for my “blue” episodes and it made me nauseated.  I was nauseous most of the day, but I was not blue orying at the drop of a hat.

This morning I had a hard time getting up, every time I travel East it’s tough, that hour I lose really sucks when you’re getting up at 4:45.  This week when I got down to the fitness center there wasn’t a soul, big difference from last week.  I ran for 4.5 miles, I just ran until 6:00, I probably could have ran 5 miles, but I was happy as a clam to get to 6:00, I hate that stupid machine.  I luckily was able to watch part of a movie on Showtime, it’s from a John Grisham book, maybe Witness, has Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, some kid knows something about a murder and the mob is after him, Susan S is his lawyer, it was good, old, it’s been ages since I’ve seen it.

The office is not fun this time, no “let’s go to lunch” or “do you want to go shopping”, at 5 o’clock they are gone and pretty much go their separate ways at lunch.  I will be going to the aerobics class again tomorrow night, which was nice and they certainly don’t have to entertain me, but you do feel isolated, that’s probably why I’ve been eating so much, I’m getting pudgy.  I’ve gained 4 pounds since I’ve started traveling, not enough exercise and too many sweets and eating out.  If I’m ever back to my normal routine I hope I can get it off again, 4 pounds may not sound like a lot, but it bothers me, well it bothers me when I’m not eating chocolate.

Gotta go, Biggest Loser is about to start.

New Shoes, I have NEW SHOES

You may be wondering why I’m so excited about new shoes, but my feet are happy, happy feet since I purchased new running shoes yesterday.  I was only about 150 miles over on my old pair of Mizuno Wave Nirvana 4’s, I just couldn’t find them out of town and then I went to Easy Runner in Little Rock and no one waited on me so I left, that was last weekend or 2 weekends ago.  Yesterday I went to Sporty Runner in Conway where I explained to the owner Linda that I was looking for new shoes and how my feet had been killing me, she brought out a Mizuno Rider and they were just not the same so I tried on the Nirvana and they were like heaven and 20% off, need I say more?

new-shoes

Tammy and I ran 14 miles yesterday with the Little Rock Marathon Training Group, we started at the River Market and ran part of the Marathon course which is only 4 weeks away, the weather was cold and SUPER WINDY!  I’m done with the wind, it was just sucking the life out of us both.   It was nice to be off of the River Trail, but it would have been nicer if it wasn’t so stinking windy!  We made two bathroom stops and two walk breaks, which worked out pretty good, nothing super eventful, my feet were killing me, I had already knew I was heading to Conway at some some point after our run to get new shoes.

We were both glad to get finished and out of the wind, Starbucks was calling our names, we stretched a bit and headed to NLR, I talked Tammy into going to Conway with me, it’s about a 30 minute drive and by the time we got there they were open, I got new shoes and so did Tammy (unexpectedly).  We ended up going to to Pier 1, Target and TJ Maxx, the only place I spent any money was Target even though I saw lots of things I wanted.

This morning I was excited to put on my new shoes and head out for a solo run around the hood, of course it was windy, what gives with the wind?  If it wasn’t windy it would have been more pleasant or should I say, not so Cold?  My shoes felt great and my feet were so happy, they didn’t hurt at all, I couldn’t believe it.  I can’t wait so long next time to get shoes, time flies and hopefully I’ll try and get them way before I need them.

Tomorrow I head back to Columbia, SC, not looking forward to it AT ALL, I hate the treadmill and I already know that’s where I’ll be doing my runs.  I have a question, who decides what’s on the TV’s in the fitness centers?  It seems it’s all geared toward men, it’s always news and sports, yuck, bores the crap out of me, give me some trash to watch to keep my mind off the stupid dreadmill for 5 miles.  There were 2 sitcoms on last week, both of which I hated, Married with Children and Roseanne.  One of these days maybe I’ll have time to upload some songs or podcasts on my Shuffle, maybe…

I will be home for a couple of weeks which is super exciting, the daffodils are coming up, maybe I can get out and work in my yard, I’m hoping I can take off a couple of days, like some 70 degree days?  Got any of those hanging around?  wouldn’t that be nice?

Got my runs in, now where’s my Starbucks?

I’m in Columbia, SC, did they forget to put Starbucks here?  Seriously it’s Thursday and today I saw my first Starbuck’s, but it was lunchtime and I was starving so I didn’t get my fix.  All week long I’ve been looking for Starbuck’s, nada, weird when I’ve gotten used to seeing them all over the place in other cities.

I’ve been luckier on my runs this week, it didn’t start out that way on Tuesday.  I got down to the Fitness Center around 5:15am and it was packed, every machine was taken except for the bike, so I hopped on and set it for hills.  I rode for 22 minutes, there were points where I was pushing my legs down it was so hard!  Someone got off one of the treadmills and I ran for 27 minutes, I had to leave to get ready for work.

Wednesday and Thursday I got up at 4:45am and was able to beat the crowd on the treadmills, this allowed me to run 5 miles both days, have I mentioned how much I hate the treadmill?  I hate it, boredom, and nothing good on the TV either.  I had intentions of running outside here, the weather has been perfect in the mornings, around 50-55 degrees, but the area is not right for running, no sidewalks, no residential streets, just busy, scary, dark, not for me.  I’m staying in the same hotel next week so I already know what to expect – treadmill.

I did get to attend an aerobics class last night, one of the employees at the office invited me to go to their church for the weekly aerobics extravaganza.  I was hoping it would be more than one night, but it wasn’t.  The class was pretty low key, but good, it was nice to get out and socialize, better than sitting on my butt in the hotel.

Tomorrow night I head home for the weekend and then it’s back next week, I’m so ready to be home for a couple of weeks, it can’t come soon enough.

River Trail 18 miler

Oh my what a day yesterday was….Tammy had 18 miles on her schedule and of course I needed a run, a friend, some exercise and some fresh air, not necessarily in that order.  Tammy was at my house around 5:20 and we were pretty much out the door by 5:30 after we decided to throw on our headbands since the wind had picked up quite a bit, even though the temperature was super nice, thinking 50’s.

The meet spot this week was the Surgery Center which is close to the River Trail in North Little Rock, neither one of us were looking forward to this run and I was worried about not having any bathrooms, last time we were on the River Trail all the bathrooms were locked, I guess they think people aren’t out in the winter?  I couldn’t imagine what our route would be since the River Trail is only 14 miles if you take the entire Little Rock/North Little Rock loop.

We arrived on time and I didn’t want to get out, just warm and toasty inside and it was windy, but not COLD, just chilly, I knew we would warm up as soon as we started running, but you know how it is when you are just standing around.  We signed in and got the route, I was surprised to see we would be running into Burns Park, this would be a first for me, I guess I missed this run last year, so I was uncertain of all the turns.  Usually I know the route pretty well since this is the second year I have run with the Little Rock Marathon Training group.

We started out going toward the Big Dam Bridge and came upon the first bathroom (yippee) at Cook’s Landing, I really didn’t need to go, but didn’t want to pass  it up, I can always squeeze out a pee, my bladder is about the size of a pea, we were only around 1.5 miles.  Once we started running again we were running with a guy who started talking to us and was telling us he was going to try and qualify for Boston, he needed a 3:45 marathon time, and he looked older to us, he had only run 2 marathons previously, one at 5:30 and one at 4:30, an hour improvement, he was hoping for 4:00 at the Little Rock Marathon, I was just in shock!  He ended up going ahead of us, of course.

Here comes the wreck, we were getting close to the soccer field turn off and I was looking at some people turning and some people going straight, we were turning to the left and BAM?  I went flying through the air and landed on my hands, knees, back, here comes Tammy “Are you okay? did you sprain your ankle?”  I didn’t know what had happened, I didn’t even know what I had hit!  Turns out there were parking spaces and those concrete dividers that keep you from rolling forward, that’s what I hit with my foot. Owwww!  I laid there for a minute or two, but nothing was broken, my hands were killing me and blood was running down my right leg, we walked over to the bathroom, which was OPEN! and I was able to clean up my hands and knees.  I wasn’t in any pain, just my hands and I didn’t need those to run so off we went.

It was nice not being cold for once, but the wind was brutal at times, I really get sick of fighting it.  The route took us all through the soccer fields, through the back roads of Burns Park, around the tennis courts, ball fields, another bathroom, which I took advantage of and then back toward the River Trail, yuck.  Once we got back to the River Trail I was getting pretty tired.  I had not gotten hardly any mileage in all week, my endurance has gone to pot since I’ve been traveling, it sucks.  Tammy had decided to run 4 miles and then walk 1/2 mile and it worked pretty good, except she is a fast walker, so I had to shuffle to her walk, but it worked.

I really didn’t think I was going to make it, once we got to the Skateboard park I couldn’t imagine running all the way back to the Surgery Center, it seemed like forever.  I was so ready for it to be over, my knees were starting to hurt from the fall, my FEET were killing me, shoes are worn out, every part of my body seemed to be hurting and getting worse with every step, I was just trying to get through 1 mile at a time and even that was hard, but we did it.

I was so thankful to see the end, it was extremely hard yesterday, I know it was the lack of running and my damned shoes too, I should be running better by now, but it seems I’ve taken a step backwards, I don’t like that feeling at all.

When we got back Tom gave me a disposable ice pack for my knee, it felt great, we stretched and that felt even better I was so sore, my hips and butt especially.  Off to Starbucks, I was still not feeling top notch, usually by the time we get to Starbucks I’ve gotten over the run and ready for the day, not yesterday, I was exhausted, but we went to Target anyway, we didn’t shop a whole lot, got a few things and then headed home.

It was such a warm day I decided to try and get out and work in my yard, that ended up being 3 hours, I wanted to go to Conway to look for new shoes, but I was too tired, sounds lame doesn’t it?  But I was, at 3:30 I still had not had a shower, I made myself something to eat, sat down on the couch and finally got in the shower at 4:30, I wasn’t going to Conway.

Last night I started feeling nauseated, I had a headache and took a Darvocet, it didn’t do a thing so I took another one, I think that’s what made me sick, but I’m not sure because when I got up this morning, still yucky.  Probably overdid it yesterday, but have a ton to do today with getting ready to leave again tomorrow.  I’ll be heading to Columbia, SC for two weeks and then I’ll be home for 2 week, I’m so excited I’ll be home for 2 weeks, but then it will be off again 😦

I did not run this morning, I am very sore from yesterday, working in the yard and that 18 mile run!  I’m heading outside to work in the backyard today, but hopefully I won’t overdo it, maybe a run this afternoon.  I’m hoping to get in 3 or 4 runs in Columbia this week, but as I’ve seen in my previous travels that doesn’t always work out.