6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

You Dont Sound Like a GIRL

WELCOME new Bloggy pack members!!! Over 400, I am totally speechless :)


Stats for 3/13:
Time- 2:35:50
18.00- Miles
8:39-Pace
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
HAPPY WEEKEND!!

28 comments:

Libby said...

Awww...get better fast! But you are awesome because you went and did 18 miles! Rock star

Jen said...

Hope you feel better soon. A froggy voice = good scary bed time storyteller.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

You are so committed! 18 in the wind and while sick. My hero. I hope you enjoyed the effort and feel better soon.

marathonmaiden said...

wowza. i could barely eek out a long run today in windy conditions but you BEASTED it!! way to go :)

Barefoot AngieB said...

Take good care of yourself! Hot Toddys do wonders for colds ;)

Kerrie T. said...

Congrats, Mel! Amazing pace while feeling yucky. Take it easy so your nice and rested for Sunday! Looking forward to it!

Hannah said...

Um, me running a half at that speed would be like heaven! Way to go, rockstar!!! You are incredible. And incredibly fast, even sick! Whooooot!

Get well soon, Mel! Thinking of you.

Go Babbs said...

Nice job! If you still have your froggy voice I will know who you are when you blow by me at the Mercer Island Half!

MCM Mama said...

Good job!! Feel better soon!

Lorian said...

I hope you kick that cold's butt! Way to tough it out...great job!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you're sick! I hope you feel better soon! I probably would have stayed home and postponed the run, so good for you for getting out there and getting it done! :)

Dion said...

Feel better soon!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You amaze me everyday. Hope you feel better soon!

Janice {Run Far} said...

You rock. If I had been that sick I am sure I would have stayed in bed. You are my hero.

Jill said...

I can't believe you did that when you weren't feeling 100%...you Rock! Great job. Must feel good to have 18 under you belt and 43 miles for the week...wow you are good. Hope you feel better.

Looking forward to Mercer Island.

Cynthia O'H said...

From what I can tell, running anywhere today was tough. Good job - and great pace.

Morgan said...

I hope you get to feeling better girly! Great job pushing through that run!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohh no, all that travel and long nights caught you. Well enjoy a little RNR today with the fam and hopefull you will be female friendly tomorrow ;)

J said...

Great job on the run! Glad you were able to get out there and I think having the group definitely helped! Running while sick is not fun especially if you cant breathe very well. You do look a little under the weather in your picture so get some and rest and get better soon!

Heather said...

Nice speedy long run!

Anna said...

Oh my, I hope you feel better! You are superwoman running 18 miles while SICK.

H Love said...

Way to go....mental toughness. The thought of running 18 seems impossible to me....but I want to get there someday.

Marlene said...

You are such a trooper!!!!!!!!! Wow, wow, wow... congrats on hanging in there like the tough mama you are and you still had a killer pace!

Hope you feel better....... {{HUGS}}

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Great job, Mel!! You are so ready and you will do amazing!!! I hope you get to feeling better ASAP!!!

akjenniekt said...

Holy cow- you are a rock star!! To go out and run like that when you're feeling under the weather is pretty amazing!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Staci Dombroski said...

Hope you feel better soon!!! Way to tough it out on the run :-)

objectsevents said...

super impressed!!!! that is a long way to go and you did really well. will you be running with people/buddies in your marathon?

AWESOME run. be proud :)

Katie A. said...

If this doesn't help you to a PR - I don't know what will! You will be able to draw apon this during your race - you are strong!