Nobody cares if you're not a good dancer. Just get up and dance. The same holds true for racing. Whether first or last, we all cross that same finish line. Just get out there and run.
- Dean Karnazes

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ch-ch-changes

This week's theme- Change


This past Monday was week 14's long run, and it was 11 miles. First things first, I made that 11 miles my b*tch, just thought you should know, even if I did it rather slowly. This also happened to be B's first day of second grade, and let's touch on that before I tell you about the long run. The morning started out with little Miss "I've Been 7 For A Whole Week So I think I'm Grown" copping quite the little attitude. Then,  when we got to school, she was too cool to take more than one "first day of school" picture. I also can't forget to tell you guys that I got in trouble when crossing from the school to the parking lot because I didn't cross at the crosswalk. Mind you, there were no kids out, the bell had already rung, and I was a little misty eyed at the thought of my baby not being a baby anymore. Yeah, so after that I cried in my car for a minute, because mad emotional is just how I roll somedays. After, I had a coffee date with a friend, so we could have our official first day of school date, like we had last year.

So finally, I was off running after an interesting start that morning. I decided to run my usual route, but backwards, and added miles by running through neighborhoods that butt up to the paths. Of course, I ran into a bunch of people I know when I looked like an awful hot mess, and about to melt into the pavement. One of the people I ran into was Celia, who follows the blog, and stopped me because she recognized me from the blog. I almost felt like a celebrity, thank goodness I managed to keep the paparazzi at bay. Also, I kept oscillating from incredible miles, to miles where I thought I saw snails moving faster than me. Thankfully, when I saw Celia, I was having a rockstar mile, so I probably didn't look like that much of a mess, or at least I didn't in my head. I had the tunes going, and it was a nice mix of everything under the sun, we're talking Britney, Poison, Barbara Streisand... it was AWESOME! Somewhere around mile 9, I think I started to lose my head a little, the heat and humidity was killer. See, I have photographic evidence.
 
Somehow, I managed to waddle on through 11 miles. I was pretty darn happy, even if it was slow... so slow in fact that I think I got Granny'd by a lady near the Senior Citizen's complex. This my longest solo run ever, so I had some stuff to celebrate. Also, did I mention there was some new chafing?! I thought I had covered all the important spots with my chafe cream but apparently, I missed a spot, because I had some serious chafe action. OUCH! *TMI WARNING* I had never chafed in the spot where on my bum on the spot where the undies rubbed it, but let me tell you that I have now. My butt was on fire, not a good situation.

So, this week the schedule was mixed up so I can now officially have two rest days, and I couldn't be happier about that. Now, I get to chill out on Thursdays and Sundays, which means no pilates for me until after the marathon, but I can deal with that. It felt great to have Thursday off, seriously, I almost didn't know what to do with myself. Ok, that's a bit of a stretch, the day was busy, but it was weird not going to the gym. 

This change means that I did my speedwork on Wednesday, and it was a tough workout this week. I seriously thought I was going to die and/or fly off the treadmill. I am not a fan of this, but I have to remember that it's going to pay off. It will pay off, right? Lie to me if you must. 

This past week was all about changes. Changes to the schedule, B's back at school so my life can return to normal, oh yeah and a new place to chafe. Ok, not that many changes, but good and welcomed changes nonetheless. 

8 comments:

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Awesome job, Lucy! Yes, I have a longer comment, but I'll save it for email.

The Unexpected Runner said...

Great job finishing that long run!!!! Well done!

Johann said...

Well done on that long run, awesome! Change is good and yes, it will pay off. I've had some nasty chafing episodes and boy it can be very painful.

The Green Girl said...

Whoo hoo! You go, girl!

Sorry about the 'hot spot'. I've never chafed running but most runners I know go commando to avoid that.

I've never done that running but I learned my lesson cycling and I am going sans undies now!

Morgan said...

Good job! I am repeating my 9 miles this week - I am only 3 weeks out from my half marathon.

I occasionally chafe in that spot as well, and have played with the idea of going commando, but I like having underwear on - it makes me feel more secure!

Celia said...

You definitely inspired me...I love to run, but get lonely and bored sometimes, so it was awesome to run into a familiar face. Way to go on such an incredible distance!

Lucy said...

@Celia- Funny you should say that because when I saw you running towards me, I thought to myself that one day I want my running to look as effortless as yours did.

@Green Girl- I would go commando, but to be honest, I am super scared. It would be my luck that my pants would be extra see through and the whole world would get to see my Bing Bang for free.

@Morgan- You're going to kick butt at your half.

Fruit Fly said...

You are totally rocking this. I love it!!

You've inspired me. I haven't run really in over a week. This post alone made me determined to try to get out after work tonight, no matter the temperature or how tired I am. I figure if you can push out 11 miles in Georgia where I know it HAS to be hotter than here, than I can put out a good effort over here, right? So thanks!!

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