So like more than six months later I decide to update this thing. I just came back because I wanted to get an idea of my weekly mileage during the winter when I started training for Illinois marathon. Which didn’t happen for me. I should know better than to register for a race 2 months in advance. My knee spazzed out on me the Sunday before the race. Yes, 5 days before the race I spent 4 months preparing for. I taped the shit out of it and attempted to run anyway but around 9 miles I realized no one cared if I finished but me. And then I didn’t even care at that point. Finished the half but they posted my results in a special category for “did not finish registered race.” Thanks.
After that I ran the Q-C Distance Classic. I smartly waited until the day before to decide to run it. My first mile was somewhere around 8:30. My mind screamed WTF and I was able to pick up the pace enough to finish around 1:40. Then I ran Dam to Dam in Des Moines. That dam race sucks every time. It’s a 20K and I finished around 1:36. I was also dehydrated as hell and ready to devour a giant meal. That is what happens when you don’t want to drink or eat so much that you are forced to use the port-a-potties at the start. My stomach was even growling as I ran. Some dude was passing out Jolly Ranchers and I grabbed a handful. Ended up dropping all but two so I shoved those in my mouth. I was afraid of choking so I kept them between my teeth until they disintegrated. My mouth was so dry it was about 5 or 6 miles before they did and my teeth hurt for the next 3 days.
I didn’t learn my lesson because Race for the Cure was the next weekend. I ended up dehydrated and dry heaving during the last half mile. That must’ve looked real attractive. I finished in 21 minutes which was disappointing because I wanted to break 20 again.
The next race was the 4 mile Moonlight Chase which I felt pretty good about. Started with the first mile at 6:30 so I was just hoping to keep it at that pace. Around mile 2 someone had a sprinkler spraying runners with cold water which is actually the least refreshing thing in the world to a hot sweaty runner. The cold water hit me and knocked the breath out of me, as it always does, no big deal. Except that I dropped my iPod touch. It bounced behind me and would not stop. It was about 10 feet behind me, so I turned around and grabbed it then jogged while trying to get it going again. It was already cracked from earlier this summer but it did start working. I was so pissed that I yelled at the people sarcastically, THANKS FOR THE WATER! I ended up finishing in 27:30 which, again was disappointing because I wanted to be in the 26s.
I think I had bad karma from the above incident because I got very sick for about 2 weeks with a sinus infection. I ran a 10 and 20 miler during the first week so that *may* have been why I was worse in week 2. Of course Bix was at the end of week 2 when I was still suffering from a lot of vertigo. I woke up that morning and knew right away that 7 miles was not going to happen. So I did the wimpy 2 miler and ended up being the 2nd female, but who really races the 2 miler? You don’t get any awards, it’s a just for fun thing and it was not any fun for me.
August had one weekend with some good races but of course I was out of town. So I am registered for a one mile fun run with my corgi Henry in September and a 5k for Make a Wish in October.
Ohhh and then there’s the marathon I’ve been training for, maybe. I don’t want to commit yet but I have run two 20 milers and plan on doing one tomorrow. The marathon is a week before The Tower of Terror Ten Miler! So yes, I will be going to DisneyWorld and no, I don’t want to be injured for it. Slow fat people run Disney races so I’m hoping to place well.