Stats for 3/13:
Windy run with Fleet Feet training group sick with congestion and sore throat.
In reply to something I said Little Stud #1 said "Mommy you don't sound like a girl." LOL! My voice is gone, I am coughing and had major congestion. I would have skipped my 18 miler, but uninterrupted running with a training team sounded much better than solo running in my neighborhood. I told myself that if I could swallow when I woke up I would go. I could, so I went.
We met at a different parking area and ran a new section of trail. Since Zoe and Janna were not there I scoped out the area to find new friends. I had run with Matt before but I know he is FAST, being sick and trying to run FAST for 18 miles...hmmm. Before I could think about it we were off and I was chatting with Matt who has been plagued with calf injuries and was planning to take it easy. GREAT! A woman named Heide sped past us, I had seen her in the front of the pack in past weeks.
I could hardly breathe and really had to FOCUS on moving. I was glad to have Matt and Heide in front of me so I could focus on something. It would have been the easiest thing to GIVE UP...turn around at any time and head back to my car. But that is not me. What if I am sick on race day? TOUGH!!!
We passed our usual parking area and Heide stopped and looked confused she had blown by the water stop. Matt and I had water so we were fine. We sped on chatting off and on but it hurt to talk. When we got past the cows Matt, the gentleman, told me he wanted to offer Heide some of his water. I slowed and we all joined together for the next 10ish miles. They are strong and fast, I was 2-10 steps behind just trying to hang. When we turned at the 9 mile half way point they sped up even more, 8:11, 8:23, 8:17, 8:01, 8:31....I could not hang any longer. This ambitious pace normally feels great but I was not firing at 333%
This is when the MENTAL TOUGHNESS comes in. When you want to stop, need to stop, should stop. Your legs burn, your head is light, your feet ache. But you continue, one foot then the next. The miles that passed quickly early on slowed to a CRAWL. I tried to reduce it to laps around the track to have a distraction. I picked off some slower runners up ahead. I MADE IT! 18 miles on a windy and sick day.. Besides the random guy in Blue who I dont think is part of our group I took 3rd!! Most of the Fleet Feeters ran 13-17, we did 18!! I sat down, stretched and chatted with the Fleet Feet group. I am not sure I would have made it today without those team members!!!
Can you tell that I am not feeling well? Hmmm... I thought about doing a video post so you could hear my froggy voice, but it is just too scary!! I am soooo proud of the overall pace!! I hit a 1:53:35 Half and overall 8:39 pace when I felt like crap. I am READY. Now I just need to get healthy ASAP.
Coming Up next week on Tall Mom:
- Goals for Mercer Island Half on 3/21
- 1 Year Bloggiversary Celebration
- Giveaway Fun!!
- Announcement of the racers for the Tall Mom Virtual Race for the Cure on 3/27. If you would like to join in please go to the details HERE