real runners do it in the woods

October 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm 3 comments

i just realized i never blogged after last weekend’s long run! and it was worth sharing. a second weekend in a row 10-miler. trails ~ of course πŸ™‚ with b3. as expected, she’s become the obvious new running partner when the group can’t be joined given my sometimes less than easy schedule. the week leading in had a couple short runs ~ three to four mile range ~ that felt pretty good but come the weekend i was dealing with a lot of pain again. and it didn’t help that last weekend was the one weekend a year i’m required to work. long hours of big events. friday at the office was 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ~ though the last few hours included nothing more than wine and dine and socializing. saturday morning started at 5:30 a.m. setup then social. until noon when i was so exhausted and sore that i skipped the second part of the main event and headed home to my bed. sunday morning i wasn’t sure i could run a mile none the less our planned 10 but once we started i felt better than i have in months and the distance seemed almost easy.

this week was similar to last. two runs. one three mile alone. a four mile with buns who i haven’t run with in ages. i miss him. some of our banter while running might even make a hooker blush πŸ˜‰ and i find such humor in having that crass, candid conversation. somehow with him i’m just “one of the guys” and there’s little we hesitate to share.

for a second weekend in a row there was no real easy way to run with the new group so b3 and i opted to head back to the tc trails. i love that place! though it’s florida flat and and mile upon mile of palm scrub, there are parts that almost make me feel as though i’m running north. deep dark trees and white tail deer. and the lingering smell of controlled fires teasing my nose with my favorite fall smell of burning leaves. the entire trail loop is a little more than 14 miles. the running i’ve done out there has been out and back but this week b3 commented that she wouldn’t mind going full circle. now mind you 14 miles isn’t new to either of us. she has my three marathons put to shame with the eight under her water belt but her distance as of late has been similar to mine. our two weekends of tens were her longest in awhile as well. so though a jump from 10 to 14 seemed a bit daunting, it also seemed perfectly within our reach. and we figured worst case we walk some at the end if either of us really needed it.

the weather this morning was perfect! a start temp of 54 that actually led me to keep on a light jacket the first few miles. temps make all the difference to my run. physically and emotionally and i felt amazing from the first step forward. we ran slow but we ran strong. enjoying the quiet of the woods filled only by the stories and laughter between us. though the main trail seemed easy to follow there were a couple times we found ourselves a little directionally challenged. thankfully a little chat with bubba and his redneck brother ~ two very nice gentlemen wearing lots and lots of camouflage ~ got us through our first faltered fork in the woods and a duo of mountain bikers further in were nice enough to part with a copy of the map we should have brought along. but before then a slight left took down a side trail we really shouldn’t have accidentally dared at that point of tired. roots, rocks, branches and ditches. and an extra bit of distance before we rejoined the main. but still it was fun! challenging!

total mileage is a bit uncertain. my garmin had a strange quarter mile question and i didn’t help by failing to start it for awhile after the map quest with the bikers. but estimated total run … 14.7 miles. tired, sore but alive in ways only those perfect runs make me feel. i think today confirmed a choice i know i need to make. chickamuga will let me switch down to the half. it’s a hard decision to swallow. with 14.7 today it kills me to know i’ll be limited to 13.1 but i know there’s little chance i could make it 26.2 without repercussion. so the form is completed. the enveloped stamped. chickamauga half marathon in four weeks. i’m ready.

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  • 1. kitkat1126  |  October 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

    It just doesn’t get old (well for me, it may for you) to get to read and comment on how quickly you’re healing. (I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way for you but just weeks ago you weren’t running at all!) *14 miles is incredible*. FOURTEEN MILES.

    It sucks to put a marathon on hold, but a half marathon will still be awesome and I see a marathon in your near future. πŸ™‚

    And as much as I love New England, I’m jealous of your Florida trail runs.

    • 2. becelisa  |  October 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

      i try to remind myself how far i’ve come the last month or so and i know 14 miles is nothing to scoff at but it is still frustrating to switch down when there is a part of me that thinks i could do the full. i think what’s going to be hardest is that the friend i’m running with runs solely for the experience. never time. she runs like a 6 hour marathon. if i do the half i should finish right around 2 hours (my pr is a 1:57 but i don’t anticipate beating it) which means i’ll spend four hours sitting there, watching other runners, wishing i was still on course and wondering if i could have done it. that won’t be an easy feeling for me to swallow.

      • 3. kitkat1126  |  October 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

        Yeah I think you’re right that will be tough.

        It’s easy on the outside to say that it’ll be fun watching the marathon knowing you’ll get to do it again — but I totally get it – if I was watching it’d be hard not to want to be doing it too.

        As hard as it is to swallow, just know you will be doing another marathon (I have no doubt) but you’re making sure your body can do multiple future marathons rather than one too soon. The end of your next marathon is going to feel pretty epic. You’ll get there soon, I know it.

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the best of times

5k pr ~ 24:23
10k pr ~ 52:49
half marathon pr ~ 1:55:10
marathon pr ~ 4:10:41
half ironman pr ~ 5:57:50
50k pr ~ 5:33:23
50-mile pr ~ 11:32:39



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