Monday, April 16, 2012

My 20 Miler...

What have I been up to? Lots...of miles!

I know I have been absent. Thanks to all of you who have checked in via Facebook and email. It really means a lot to me.

So, weekend before last I set out with J-Ninja for 20 miles. It didn't happen. It was hard (Duh...right?). My knee hurt. My hip hurt. I was having pain flashbacks to my Million Inch run and the training I did for OKC Full in 2010, with LOTS of hip pain. J-Ninja was recovering from her 26.2 just the weekend before (she's crazy a ninja like that). So we were smart and called it quits around mile 16. I went home and felt sorry for myself recovered...kind of.

We headed out again this past weekend (me, J-Ninja and my new "Sister Wife" SCORE!!!) determined to hit 20. It was our last chance since Big Sur is in TWO weeks. All three of us are doing Big Sur. Sister Wife did her 20 the weekend before, the weekend I failed to go the distance. So she was along for 16 miles.  But J-Ninja and I didn't have a choice. So with the wind in our face and the road before us we ran. It was a good run. We got hot and refilled our water a couple of times. The sun was beating down on us and I could feel my skin getting hot. I put on my Mission Sunscreen around 7 AM but guess what? It didn't last long enough and I ended up getting fried on my shoulders and calves....check it out!

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So I will be carrying sunscreen in my (yet-to-be-purchased) spi belt during Big Sur.

Around mile 14 I nearly jumped out of my skin when I came face to face with a snake! Ok. So my face was not on the ground and he was not dangling in the air, bur still, he was too close for comfort and I nearly leapt into J-Ninja's arms. She said I screamed like a girl. This may or may not be true. I cannot recall...Anyway, at around mile 16 my knee started hurting again, not quite as bad as the weekend before but still a significant, dull, achey pain. We had no choice but to finish so we continued on. It was getting hotter and I was getting grumpier but finally the Garmin chirped 20 Miles. We did it!! I feel much better having this run done and now we can move on to more pressing matters....what to wear for Big Sur!!

I spent the rest of the day pouting on the couch with cranberries taped to my knee...I didn't have peas or a ziploc bag for ice...

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Meet 5 Miles Mom! She came to visit last week and we had a great time!! She got to watch LB play soccer too!

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A couple of weeks before 5 Miles Mom came out My Offical Race Crew came out!! She got to celebrate my birth and ease me into my 33rd year of life...WOW!

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Pictured Left to Right: Sister Wife, J-Ninja, Me,
Official Race Crew and North Cackalacky Transplant
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I also got the most AMAZING present from Tall Mom....I don't know how she does it but she gives the best gifts, as in meaningful and thoughtful. I think gift giving is a skill and an art and I lack it...It's time I get back in tune with my friends...I have been out of it for a while but it is time to reconnect. Anyway, she gave me this amazing canvas print of my FAVORITE picture ever...Me and my dad and LB after my first marathon. I think it goes perfectly with my medals. I need to get it framed soon.

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LB and I had the privilege of dog-sitting for a while as well... Of course there is Lazy Dog in the middle then the two other fur babies, one of whom is a therapy dog. How cool is that? She was also a Killer Snuggler!

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So there you have most of my March and up to mid April....Lets see what the rest of April brings, besides 26.2 miles of UP hill magic in Big Sur!


12 comments:

  1. Nice jOb on those 20 miles & take care of that sunburn!

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  2. Yeah on the 20 miles!
    I would have screamed like a girl too when faced with a snake. I do not like snakes!

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  3. CackalackyTransplantApril 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Aww, I want a therapy dog!

    Great job on your 20 miler!

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  4. Every time I hear "Big Sur" I still think of beds, and picture a line-up of mattresses at the finish of your race for the finisher to take a nap when they're done.

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  5. Ouch on the sunburn! Great job on the 20 miles. I don't really "know" you but I have been wondering about you. You are resilient and I knew we would hear about your Big Sur training soon enough!

    PS: I am training my Golden Retriever, Tucker, to be a therapy dog. I don't know who loves it more me or him. :o)

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  6. Way to bust out the 20! I am currently just busting out of my pants, maybe 20 miles would help with that!

    I love Tall Mom's gift, it looks great!

    Good luck at Big Sur!

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  7. Ouch that sunburn looks painful :(

    Great job on getting the 20 done! The gift from tall mall is so thoughfull!!

    One of my old bosses used to train therapy dogs, golden retrievers, for people with MS. It was really a rewarding job.

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  8. Big Sur is a bucket lister for me and I can't wait for you!

    SPF!!! Damn girl! Ouch!

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  9. Awesome!! Congrats on finishing a tough 20 miler! So proud of you for not quitting. Big Sur will be amazing!!

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  10. Yowzer! Your poor calves. :(
    Awesome job on finishing that 20 miler! You are a rockstar.

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  11. That sunburn looks painful!! Awesome job on completing the 20 miles!! Glad you are blogging! Hope all is well!!

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  12. Yikes, that sunburn looks mighty painful girl...Good luck at Big Sur! Great job on completing the 20 miles, I have yet to go that distance.

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You're pretty much awesome!!

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