3:09 running time
I finally made it to the 15 mile mark!!!!! I had never gone that far before. I'm blushing because I was so innocent until yesterday's nooner". Go me!
I neglected to charge my Garmin. D'oh! It was totally dead when it was time for me to take off. So I made note of the time on a post it before taking off on a post it note, and tried keeping the best pace I could. Luckily, this run was basically just an extended 13 mile run for me. I've taken this route so many times, I know pretty much exactly where each mile marker is located. A good thing considering I'm VERY diligent about when to eat my Shot Bloks & how much water I should be consuming each mile. I'm kind of glad to not have Gigi, my Garmin, with me. She would have told me my pace, and the pace was not good. That would have probably discouraged me to no end, and I needed to simply focus on getting in the miles rather than being picky about my pace. I did the best I could. That's all that matters.
I took a couple of pictures for you along the way. I run by a funky little house with pet peacocks about every other day. Today, Mr. Peacock was showing his tail feathers off in a loud and proud manner. Of course, he would not turn around to show me. The more I followed him, the farther he turned away. lol So here's a picture of his ass....
Around mile 5, I caught a whiff of what smelled like....lip gloss. I looked and looked, but didn't see any teenage girls walking around smacking their lips. I realized I was running along side a strawberry field! lol There's a really cool farm stand called The Red Barn. They make pies, breads, and sell all the local freshies. YUM! [Running past a strawberry field is way more pleasant than running past a mint or onion field. Those burn your nose and throat due to the super concentrated odor. Unfortunately, they grow both near our home. Eeek!] Anyway, the berries might not show up in my pictures, but they're there.....pinky swear.
Shortly after the halfway point, I ran out of water. Not good! So I stopped into a gas station begging the clerk to let me get water from their fountain drink area. She allowed it, but her manager came over to scold her. I told him I would gladly go use the sink tap in the restroom, but the damage was done. Sigh. I plan on stopping by today to buy a ginormous Coke from her, and have a chat with the douche she calls a manager. What a jack ass!
I struggled with the second half of this run. The last 4 miles contained way more walking than I normally do. I was stopping at least twice during each mile from mile 10 on. By the time that last mile rolled around, I was DONE. About a quarter of a mile from home I started to tear up. I was in disbelief that I hauled my ass 15 miles, and was just so flippin' tired. My calves started cramping that last mile. My feet hurt. Oh, and around mile 13, I realized I had forgotten to tape up my chest at the bra line. OUCH. For the remainder of the run, I could feel my bra rubbing and rubbing and rubbing the skin right off my chest. So, so, so very painful. It was really hard to focus on anything BUT that feeling.
My calves have been cramping after long runs so much lately. I've upped the amount of potassium. Stretched. Stayed hydrated. Consumed my electrolytes. I finally bit the bullet, and bought a pair of compression calf sleeves. This is my first time wearing them after the run. I'll be sure to give a review after I've worn them enough to have an opinion of them. So far, so good.
Despite all of my complaining, I am so proud of myself! Seriously, if you would have told me 2 years ago that I would be running 15 miles one day, I would have laughed until I peed pants a little. If you would have told me this news 11 years ago, I would have punched you in the throat. I had such a big, fat chip on my shoulder, "fattitude", I couldn't see straight. I had no hope. I had nothing to look forward to (other than getting fatter). I had no drive. No zip. Things have really changed. People can change if they want to, and put forth the effort. I did.
PS...even though is was a very, very cloudy day, as you can see in all of my pictures, I ended up with a sun burn. This is a reminder to all of us. Make sure to slap on some sunscreen before running! We're working hard to be healthier people. Skin cancer should not be in any of our futures.