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- Robyn who has run the Richmond Marathon a few times, invited me to the training team's 20. It is the first 20 of the marathon course.
- My run buddy has been training with the team and I asked her if she wanted to ride with me.
- We were released in waves based on projected finish time.
- Robyn was super encouraging this would be good for me, a real rehearsal run!
- The route is complicated. I had anxiety about running downtown in traffic, and about getting lost! I do not know the city at all. I was so worried when I started my intervals I wouldn't be able to keep up with the group.
- I had so much anxiety I didn't sleep well.
- It has been hot and humid all week, and then it rained Friday and the temp dropped overnight. It got super windy. Wind gusts in the 20 mile an hour range aren't the norm here, so I fretted about what to wear. Normally, I would have worn tank and shorts in 55 degrees, but the wind made it feel colder.
- I took a light long sleeve with me, a tank top, and capris..LOL I wore shorts downtown and made last minute decision to put on my capris.
- We were bunched up the first few miles so, I stuck with run buddy and her friend.
- After the crowd thinned out, and I was even more nervous about getting lost. I decided to not do my intervals, I just kept running. All those turns on the route overwhelmed me!
- Urban running...we had to stop at cross streets and lights and I started thinking the break standing still for a moment may be enough for my feet. We also had six water stops the training team set up and we planned to take our time at them for a minute or two. SO I ran....
- I ate sport beans (two packs) early and I am glad I did. My tummy wasn't so good later in the run.
- I was okay until somewhere around mile 15. I got a cramp in my stomach, that lasted a few miles. My feet started hurting. I started walking a little, but managed to keep run buddy in sight. There were just a few other people near us.
- I started feeling nauseous from the pain in my tootsies a few miles later, I stopped and just stood still a while. It calmed my foot and I caught up to them again.
- I felt blank the last several miles. I couldn't really form a good thought, say a mantra, or hear my music because traffic is so loud, it drowns everything out. I was so nervous over the pain, I went as easy as I could.
- After I stopped moving for about three minutes, and tried to stretch a little, the crampy tummy and nausea feeling went POOOF! Just gone. I felt great other then my aching feet. Why can't it just go POOF when you are still running??????
- The last few miles were tough! I did have to walk a little, but I was too close to give up, and I finished.
- I stared at my splits several times! It is a such a long list when there are twenty...mind blowing. Never in my wildest dreams, even a few months ago did I really believe I'd ever see that!!
- I used intervals to train so I could save my feet, but my dream was RUN the RACE! At first, I was upset with myself I had not waited until the race to try to run. My plan was to save the real pushing for race day because I knew it would be risky since my feet are so fragile. However, as I've thought about it more, I am glad I tried it during training. I am just praying I recover okay. I do know running flat out will not give me the best race day experience. That is too many miles to deal with pain and fear of injury. There is no way I could have covered six more miles feeling like that.
- I am 99.9% sure I am going to interval the race. I think it will give me the best chance for a strong finish and it will be so much easier on race day with a marked course!
- I ran for 3:53:22 - my moving time was 3:43:20 - even with that much break time I was hobbling at the end. I now think it is crazy to run for that long LOL just saying...
- I feel really proud I did it! I was excited to see my watch beep 20!
- My shower stung soooooooo bad! I missed a spot on my back with the sports stick, or just sweated it off...I don't now, but it really hurt.
- The weather for this run was pretty darn amazing, even though TWICE on the Lee Bridge the wind blew my visor off! It was like the cartoons the first time. The wind carried it quite a ways back! I had to run back and retrieve it LOL
- I lost my visor again near the stadium on the last mile. Luckily, there was a break in traffic, so I still have my visor :)
- I am so thankful Robyn encouraged me to do this. I learned some valuable info, and feel so much more prepared for the race! I look forward to the shady miles near the James River and the views as I run to run across the bridge...and the finish line!
- I'll be back to later to share how my recovery went. Tell me what is happening in your world!