Distance: 18 mi
Ya know… There are just some things you KNOW are wrong when you do them, but you do it anyway. Most of the time the worst you can get is a boo boo, but sometimes it is much worse.
I decided yesterday that I would try to get off a bit early and get my long run in a couple of days in advance since I am going to be gone most of the weekend. Today I was out most of the day volunteering at the Senior State Games Track and Field Competition and tomorrow I am off to war (for the day) in Kansas City.
But… something didn’t feel right. I was kinda achy all day and had worked pretty hard the day before lifting lumber until nearly 9pm. I thought maybe a nice big pasta lunch would fuel me, but no luck. Even as I started out the run, I had my doubts. I am usually either optimistic or at least neutral about every run. It’s rare that I am ever doubtful about the outcome of a run. This day, however, I knew was going to end up badly. But I went anyway.
Actually, after I shook off the cobwebs and stiffness, the first 3 miles were not bad at all. Just a nice casual stroll at a leisurely pace. Then my stomach gurgled “THAT” gurgle and I sprinted the last half mile to the closest bathroom. Not good…
But, I pressed on. Once my tummy cleared, miles 4 – 10 were fine. I was drinking well, had taken 2 Hammer Gel packets and was feeling at least marginally positive. Then around mile 11, I started to get these odd pains in my legs. Nondescript, and in different spots mostly, but very uncomfortable. There were even a couple of times where they would hit and my legs would go weak and I would stumble, then just as quickly they would go away. Unfortuately at about mile 15, they moved in to stay.
I have always said that I would do anything rather than walk. That was challenged today. And I lost… The upper half of my body felt like I wasn’t even working. Just a light sweat, not breathing hard, no problem. But everything from my waste down was on fire. I walked about half of the last 3 miles. I ran out of water and had to stop and refill. I got dizzy and lightheaded. My knees burned and ached. My back hurt. I think I found my wall…