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The (almost) 14 Miler

If you’ve been reading you know the forecast for DC on Saturday was calling up 102 degrees…  The heat index was said to be at 110.

It’s no surprise that after much insistence from my running group peeps, I had to change the Saturday run to 6am.  WTF.  I wake up for work at 7:45am.  Seriously, I get to “sleep in” on work days now…

I’m glad I was convinced to start at 6am though.  It was 88 degrees at 6am, and it was getting warmer and warmer.

Hugi met up with me, and we ran the 14 miler together.  Should I mention that up until today her longest run was 8 miles two weeks ago?  She was definitely a trooper!

We ran this route:

Started off in Crystal City, taking the Mt Vernon Trail, over to 14 Street Bridge into DC, looped around the Tidal Basin then off to Hains Point, then back to Crystal City retracing our steps.

Luckily, since the sun was still rising, Hains Point was mostly shaded.  It certainly helped!

But I was feeling miserable the whole way.  We walked a bit around Hains Point and the Tidal Basin on our way back, then after taking the 14 Street Bridge, we ended up walking the 2 miles to the end.  So my 14 miler was more like an 11.5 miler, and the 11.5 miler was SUPER slow.  You’d think I couldn’t run any slower, but you’d be surprised.  But at least I completed the distance, right?

I tried not to feel as guilty about the walking since I knew there was the 5k that night, so I would be getting my running mileage in, just not all at once…

I definitely couldn’t have done it without Hugi, that’s for sure.  She kept me from giving up much sooner.

I left this run feeling really disappointed with myself — how can I even consider running a marathon, if I failed so miserably at running 14 miles?  The mileage doesn’t get any easier, and here I am struggling at week 7 of training.

After the run we made our way over to Smoothie King (best idea ever on this heat!) and picked up our packets for the race that night.

I went home, took off my sweaty clothes, put on an old t-shirt and pants (the AC was pumping), and collapsed into bed for 2 hours — gross I know, but as much as I was dying to shower, I was also dying to sleep.  I had planned on lounging at the pool until I had to drive to see my parents who were flying into the country that day, but I didn’t even have any energy left for that either…

The only relief I had later?  When I was talking to a couple of other friends who also had run the 14 miler that day (of course I didn’t see them after my run considering the pace differential between us), pretty much all of them said they also had to walk for a bit, that the heat was excruciating, and they too were doubting this whole marathon thing.

Misery loves company…  But it restored my confidence a bit — it’s not just me, it’s this crappy weather we have.

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What the hell, DC humidity?!

Saturday was a bit cooler than usual, hovering on the high 80’s.  That should have made that 9 miler (my last long-run in the single digits until taper, ack!) a breeze no?

Uh, not so much.  Between my sleep deprivation (I really need to start getting my ass in bed earlier when I have these long runs) and the stupid DC humidity, I was struggling the whole time.  Sure, I got 9 miles done, but damn, were they slow and hard!

I was super excited that I would get to run with Erin and Margaret and catch up on girl talk.  Jennifer, who I had never met but had emailed through the group since we have a friend in common and we’re both super-ass-slow, came out for the first time.  She had 8 miles planned on her half-marathon training, but thank you god she completed the 9 miles with me.

Because Erin and Margaret?  Were going way too fast for me.  They were having one of those good days just flying by (or at least, if they were having a hard time, you couldn’t tell).  I was huffing and puffing and eventually gave up any attempts of keeping it up.  I was never that far behind them, eventually they did settle at the same pace we were at, so we never lost sight of them, but I just didn’t have it in me to try to catch up.

Luckily, Jennifer (or Jen?) was super nice, and we talked the whole time.  Since she had never run 9 miles before, our slow pace didn’t bother her.

I finished the Week 6 of Chicago training having completed 21.96 miles (not including the 12 miler on Sunday, since that was part of last week’s training).

The rest of the weekend was much better.  I decided to bum around at my pool and Lindsay and Margaret joined me for a bit.  After they left, I bumped into my Brazilian neighbor (who is moving next week…) and finished the rest of my pool time chatting with her.  I got home with just enough time to shower and head back out.

One of my old friends from volleyball, Sarah, was in town.  I hadn’t seen her in 3 years!  Last time I saw her, was on her med-school graduation party at her parents’ place in PA, right before she started her residency in Vermont.  She’s staying there for good now.

Turns out she was in town for a trivia championship at RiRa Pub.  Who even know such thing existed?  The best part?  Their trip was totally free!  Even better?  Her team won first place!!!  They got a free trip to Ireland!  How awesome is that?

It was good catching up with her, even though I was VERY sleepy I tried my best to be good company.  I left right before midnight, in hopes of getting some sleep before my 7am wake-up time for tubing.

Tubing was great though, I definitely need to post pictures of it!  But I’m now super tired.  Good thing that there’s no running on the calendar until tomorrow…

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OMG! OMG! OMG!

I did it!

I woke up this morning butt-early and Karl and I headed out of the door for a run.  He couldn’t run the whole thing (he’s slowly getting himself back into running after his foot injury), but he kept me company for the first 40 minutes and ran back home.

I already knew that once I was off on my own, I’d get bored and walk, but I was at least going to try to do the whole thing.

Surprisingly?  Not once did I feel like walking.  Not at all.  I had mapped an 11 mile run from home to work, forcing me to do a loop around Hains Point, but for some reason, it was shut down.  Both the road and the pedestrian path — you couldn’t even get around it, unless you jumped the fence.  WTF?

On a normal day, I might take this as a “sign” and cut my run short, but it didn’t ruin my mood, and I just went off to the tidal basin instead and was creative with my loops.

I took a bunch of pictures, and will try to get them up tonight before my trip.

Of course, the fact that this morning was 30 degrees cooler than it was two days ago on my last run was a huge factor.  For once I wasn’t dripping in sweat.  We got some spring weather here!  Sucks for the beach, great for running!

The most amazing thing about my run?  I was ENJOYING myself.  I know, seriously, the hell?!  I had one of those runs that other runners talk about on their blogs.  A nice relaxing run, that you really don’t want it to end because it just feels so good.

This was the longest run on my own, ever.  And I liked it!

Another 5 mile run tonight, and then I’m ready for Punta Cana!  Bringing my running clothes with me in case we get rained on and I get the urge to jump on the treadmill (I hope that’s my way of unjinxing any bad weather).

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Saturday Run

I had a 2 hour run planned for Saturday, and Karl was planning on running it with me.  Friday night he asks me “does my foot look swollen?”  His foot, which has been hurting him for a couple of weeks when he took a bad step, was not veiny and bony like the other one, but looked like a toddler’s foot instead, plump and smooth.

Needless to say, I told him to stay home on Saturday, that I was going to do the run on my own.  We both knew a 2 hour run on my own would be a big fail, but I had to try anyway.

I met up with the group and everyone else was only doing 60 minutes.  Kathy, who had foot surgery a few months ago, was finally back out to run!  She is usually WAY faster than me, but since it was her first time out, she tagged along with me for the first 30 minutes.  She turned back around right after we crossed the 14th street bridge, and from there I was on my own.

I was supposed to run along the Tidal Basin, but after dodging crowds of teenagers that were pouring out of the coach buses (and having a stupid teenager bump into me — stupid tourists — it’s a big sidewalk!  Stay to your right and don’t take the whole freaking way!), I decided to go along Hains Point instead and avoid the aggravation.

Right after hitting the 3 mile mark, I was done.  I wasn’t tired, I was just SO BORED.  It was a gorgeous day out for walking, but way too hot and windy for running.  So I gave up and started to walk.  I didn’t even feel guilty about it, I had no desire to run.  I just took my time, enjoyed the day for a bit.

I checked on my Garmin, and it look like I would complete 4.5 miles by the time I hit the one hour mark (it was a slow walk), so I told myself that once I turned around, I would just run to the end.

I turned around, turned on the ipod, and off I went.  The funny thing?  I felt great, and not even a bit bored.  I was keeping good pace, was not even a bit tired, and was totally enjoying myself.

At the end, I completed 9 miles, at a 12:19 min/mile average pace (this including my 1.5 mile walk, so not a bad pace!).  I felt good and re-energized!

After a quick stop home for a much needed shower, Karl and I went off to Philips for an all-you-can-eat seafood lunch (hmmmm, crab legs…), then I went home and took a 3 hour nap, got ready for my friend’s housewarming party (where I proceeded to stuff my face with chocolate dipped strawberries), and then we went to RiRa in Clarendon to dance the rest of the night to my favorite cover band EVER.  (Seriously, if I was getting married in DC, I totally be booking them for my wedding.)

All in all, it was a great day!

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