I decided to opt for the written post as opposed to the VLOG for this week's training update.
Saturday came. I hadn't run in 10 days prior to the 15 miler. The week prior, I felt like I may have tweaked my knee and/or achilles again. They were just tightening up on me. Plus Jaz and I were going to Florida for vacation, so I decided to take a little break, probably thru the weekend. The weekend comes and goes, and they haven't healed completely. So I extend it till when we get back...still tight. Decided to just wait until all felt better. And that day came on the Friday before the 15 miler. Oh dear. So here I am on Saturday, carrying some extra vacation Florida weight, not run a mile in 10 days, drank a lot of vacation Diet Cokes and Smoothies w/rum in it. I knew that the run was going to be much more difficult than it should be. And I was right.
Right away, my right knee was tight. I normally don't worry too much about any nagging tightness because I know they normally work themselves out through the run. And I was right. 4 miles in, and I felt looser, but my calves still felt tighter than I would like. Now I drank water and gatorade the day before on Friday, but I found out later that maybe I needed to start hydrating even before then. We hit the 1/2 way mark at about 8 miles and I was already fatigued. The site coordinator was there too, and he even asked if I was ok. I must have also LOOKED bad as I felt. Oh yeah...and there were like A MILLION mosquitos out in the forest. I was falling back considerably from our pace group. Luckily, one of the group leaders decided to hang back with me. For a bit I thought I was getting dehydrated, but I was ok. At the 10 mile hydration stop was when thing started going downhill fast. I almost cramped about 6 or 7 times. So I had to stretch and walk each time. It would almost happen one after the other. Cramp....stretch....walk....start to run....cramp....repeat. It SUCKED! By then a couple of other runners decided to walk with us as well. Tim, Kim, and Michelle saved me that day. I just couldn't go on, but they pushed me to finish. In fact, they made it bearable. They told stories and we laughed a lot. So it was a good time in spite of the constant cramping and swarms of mosquitos. Then finally after 3 hours and 45 minutes, we were done. 15 more miles on my shoes and 133 mosquito bites on my back, legs, and arms.
One of the faster runners in our pace group made this for me. Isn't she sweet? Thanks Lisa!
Lesson: WATER WATER WATER! I need to shed some more weight so it will be easier on my joints, knees, ankles, achilles, etc. I am going to concentrate on my diet this week. No junk food, no pop, good carbs and lean proteins. And some strength training is necessary. I have been majorly slacking in that department, and I think it is time for me to pick that up again.
Thank you again to Michelle, Tim, and Kim! Without you I wouldn't have made it out of the forest and would have succumb to the mosquito villages.