My first run 5 days after running the 12-hour relay with Chad. The days following the race I pretty much read (a lot), watched TV and napped. It was like my body didn’t give me a choice. I lounged for 3 days without giving it a second thought. That didn’t last long and the lounging around didn’t come as easily (or comfortably).
Thursday I went for a short 3-mile run. My legs felt wonderful and I even considered 4 or 5 miles. [Insert laughter] My body had a different opinion and it strongly disagreed with my legs. My legs and my energy level were at odds and the energy level won out with only a 3 mile run. I can’t believe I even thought about running on Tuesday.
5 Days Ago
Last year at this time I was training for a 50-miler so this was a training run and I was more prepared for the distance. This year I’ve been training for a PR instead of distance, I haven’t run further than 12 miles since August of last year due to an injury and I haven’t run more than a 5k on trails since November. I went into this race with one and only one goal,
RELENTLESS FORWARD PROGRESS!
My morning coffee and continuing my obsession with the Oprah-Starbucks sleeves. This is now my favorite and it set the tone for my day.
I say this every year but it’s true. One of my favorite parts of this race is runners village. Watching the teams of 8, individual runners and the teams of 2 is awe inspiring. From high school cross country teams to 60+ year old solo runners this group never fails to motivate, support and never give up. The photo is from set up the night before. Tents and canopies will fill a field that will be home sweet home for the day.
Thoughts from the day:
- We could not have asked for better weather.
- It was tough after about 8 hours. I dreaded the hills that made my quads burn and the stretch on the levee with zero shade, but there was never a moments doubt that I would run for 12 hours.
- Traditionally, Chad makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It’s the only time I eat PB&J sandwiches and they taste amazing! It’s almost surreal how much I enjoy them.
- There were a few loops during the heat of the day that I talked to myself basically saying, “you can do this” and “giving up is not an option.”
- As usual I got to the point of not wanting to eat but I feel like my nutrition was better than years past. I was better able to sustain energy.
- I rolled my legs with The Stick after every leg.
- We decided to run single loops from the beginning instead of starting with double loop legs. I’m not sure which I prefer.
- I’m so much better at noticing early signs that my form is off and being able to adjust.
- The last half hour of the race is 800m sprints. It is the most amazing feeling to dig deep and see what you have left after 11.5 hours of running, to watch other runners break records, hearing the cheers as each runner tags the next runner and watching each runner run faster than the last.
- I highly recommend the Vega Recovery Accelerator! Even my husband noticed a difference in recovery.
- Fearing the sore legs, the morning after I hesitated getting out of bed. After the initial stiffness was walked out I was fine! Seriously! Tired but only a little sore in my quads!
I still don’t have the words to describe how I felt after this race. I was so proud I thought I was going to burst! My mind and my heart didn’t agree from the beginning about whether or not I should even run it. My heart was right. I think about the amazing experience I would have missed out on if I hadn’t listened to my heart and decided not to run. Continuing the journey I have recently found myself on, this event was just as much about inner peace as it was outer strength.
We won! The whole event would have still been amazing had we not won but I have to admit the fact that we did totally rocks! A total of 58.8 miles with each of us running 29.4. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about the 63 miles we ran last year but only for the briefest of seconds. I reached my goal and I was injury free. For the win!
Nothing was going to steal the joy of this day from me! Not even myself.
Last and certainly not least, thank you to everyone for the amazing support and encouragement! It’s what I love best about the running community.
Do you think you would prefer to run single loop or double loop legs? When was the last time your heart and mind were at odds?
Be HEALTHY. Be HAPPY. Be YOU.
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