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May 08, 2006

15 MILES (YES, I'M SCREAMING IT)

I feel like a teenager sneaking out of the house...I'm blogging at work…T is out of town, work is slow, all the bosses are gone…so why not update about my fabulous 15 mile run??? Besides, all the peeps at the office just smile and say “wow, guess that means you can eat anything you want when you run 15 miles…” Well, sortof. I did treat myself to a DQ Blizzard last night….

At any rate, let’s get down to talking about the 15 miles.
1) We woke up late. Correction: we never set an alarm so we got up at our normal sluggish time, around 8:30.
2) I insisted on having my new fav run breakfast, English muffin with peanut butter and jelly. Note to self: next time think about the repercussions of eating such heavy food so close to run time.
3) There was a big storm headed our way. We had exactly 3 hours to finish. Which was a good goal for me.
4) T, the sweetest of all sweetie boyfriends, had gotten up before me and put water out at certain places. He’s so freakin fabulous.
5) We had to stop at Eckerd’s so I could get some Vaseline for my legs…for that nice chaffing issue that has come up…Gross. We spent 8 minutes looking for travel size Vaseline.
6) Around mile 3.5 the English muffin started to talk to me. We chatted for about another ½ mile. Then he got digested. Gross.
7) Big fat note to self: Lunges are fun. Really. But not 2 days before long run. Really. C’mon. Are you serious? My butt and quads hurt so bad. By the time we reached the turn around my legs were cursing my every move. All I could do was give them a nice atta boy and laugh.
8) It started sprinkling on us. Around mile 10. It was nice. T kept saying Mercury was smiling on us…I just googled Mercury… “Mercury is god of trade and profit, merchants and travelers, but originally of the trade in corn”…maybe Mercury was smiling because we had grilled corn the night before????
9) It sprinkled on us all the way back. Just a nice mist really. Then when we got home, the bottom fell out (for you non-southerners, that means it rained cats and dogs). It was quite hilarious. T still said Mercury was smiling on us.
10) I wore my “new running socks” which are going back to RFS tomorrow. I now have 2 more black toes and a blister the size of Rhode Island.
11) My lower back is sore. Like someone beat it with a hammer. And my toes hurt. Other than that, I feel fabulous. I feel like I ran 15 miles.
12) I Gued for the first time. Vanilla Bean and Orange Burst. Both were thick but manageable. Neither made my belly hurt.
I still can’t believe that I did it. One year ago, I would have thought that someone running 15 miles was crazy and amazing. Now…well…I still think it is crazy and amazing, and that I did it. We did it.

I’m not scared anymore. I know that I will finish this marathon. There was a point in time, when I was hobbling around in a cast, that I just thought it wasn’t gonna happen. I just knew I was done. That I wasn’t a runner. And I have learned so much from this. Patience. Perseverance. Optimism, when there shouldn’t have been any left. I’ve learned that I am a runner. And that it is a process, not a destination. I’m learning. I’m learning new things every day about running, eating, taking care of myself. I’m so excited about it all.

And I still can’t believe I did it.

[Note: at some point in all of this, I’m going to cry. I feel it when I call myself a runner. I feel the welling up behind my eyes. But no tears ever come out. I thought at 13 miles, that I’d cry. And I thought 15 would definitely get me. Now I’m starting to think that it will be the sight of that finish line…the 26.2 miles. That’s what will get me…I’m sure of it.]

3 comments:

Liv said...

You ARE both crazy and amazing! Sounds like a fabulous run. Take care of those blisters.

neese said...

brilliant! i'm so happy to have found your blog, loved reading your 15 MILES entry and am cracking up about Mercury smiling.. i have no idea what that means either LOL.

I'm new to running and your post inspires me!

happy running!
neese

John said...

The really great thing is when you realize that the human body is capable of incredible, unbelievable feats. Of course, there ARE some constraints, we can't ignore physics, but basically, your only limits are in your mind.