Sunday, March 20, 2011
The one lucky tall guy who ran with us is Christine's friend John whom she met at in a training group at the Y. This is pretty amazing: In September, John couldn't run 1 mile. Over the last several months he lost 60 pounds and is training for a half marathon. He ran 11 of our 17 miles with us and did great!
It was a mixed bag of a run for everyone else. Suzanne and Susan felt strong the whole way, or so it seemed, and the rest of us were hurting by about mile 13 and then faced the longest, windiest, coldest part of the run that was still hilly. I was just over it by that point and wanted to be done. My legs were plain old tired and my ipod had no charge. Blah, blah, blah. I walked up some hills and felt sorry for myself.
The wind was very strongly in our faces during that last stretch; Christine thought she had frostbite on her nose and Jen lost feeling in one side of her face and thought she might have had a stroke. We tend to be very dramatic.
I had a sad realization that maybe running 17 miles will never feel easy, but I keep thinking it's going to happen one of these times. What can I do, but just keep trucking. I was a hurtin' unit after that run and my whole body ached from head to toe.
It was cold and even snowed a little at one point. Christine was carrying some serious icicles in her pony tail. By the time we got the camera they had mostly melted, but we took a picture just to show her anyway.
I took the kids to the UMaine Rec Center pool for the afternoon so I could plant myself in the hot tub while they swam, and that totally did the trick. I was feeling fine a couple hours later, and I feel great now. We had a super action-packed day, and I even managed to wear Jackson out, so we're ready to turn in early tonight.
Have a great week, everyone. Happy SPRING! (snow forecasted for tomorrow.)