...and a bit of a recap of the past few weeks.
Hello all! I know I never blogged about MTT week 16, and I'm sorry. I've just been so very, very tired (more on that in a moment). The truth is that week 16 was amazing simply because it was such a non-event. Let me explain.
Week 16 was a 10 mile run. My thought process was, "Ten miles? That's nothing!" I still can't believe I thought that. As we set out on the run, one of my running buddies wasn't there and the other wasn't feeling so well. She ended up walking after about 5 miles, and I went on ahead. My pace was a little faster than usual because it was cool, and I felt fantastic. When I was done, I felt great. I wasn't really sore, I was a little tired, but nothing too bad, and I was happy. Running ten miles was actually easy. What an amazing feeling!
This past week, however, has been anything but easy. Monday night I started feeling kind of icky. Tuesday morning, storms were setting in, so I decided to hit the gym and swim instead of running 3 miles. By Tuesday afternoon, I felt miserable. My nose was runny, my head hurt, and I just wanted to lie down. I went to bed early that night and hoped I'd feel better the next day.
Wednesday, I was still a bit sniffly, but I felt OK, so I went out for an 8 mile run (again, no big deal!). I felt great at first, but within an hour after the run I wanted nothing more than to go back to bed. The rest of the day I felt miserable, and I even took some cold meds that night (side note: I hate taking medicine. I don't feel like it helps me get over anything faster and coming off the meds feels worse than if I just suffered through the sickness. I'm all about hot tea, rest, and soup.) Thursday was by far the worst day. My eyes were watery, I couldn't stop sneezing, and I'm pretty sure I had a few mild temperature spikes. That said, my whole thought was that I needed to be better by Saturday, so I could run 16 miles with the group. Fifteen miles was excruciating. I did not have any inclination to do 16 miles on my own.
Yesterday, I felt a little better, and I improved even more after a bit of a nap under my desk during lunch. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought was, "Can I do it?" My nose was still runny, but not too bad. I felt a little congested, but nothing terrible. I was unbelievably tired, but I figured I'd be OK. I put a few tissues in my fuel belt, put some fuel gels and a snack bar in a treat pouch (by the way, a dog treat pouch attached to a running fuel belt is genius!), and headed out the door. Off to meet the group I went!
I can't say the run was easy. There were numerous hills, the sun was bright, and I was tired.. Having to blow my nose every mile didn't help either. That said, there were also a nice breeze, and the views were stunning. Oh how I wish I'd had a camera! On top of that, I had a better fueling plan.
While the run was in no way easy, it was 1000 times easier than the 15 miler. At the end, I even found myself cheering and encouraging my running buddy. Of course, those cheers were kind of cheers for me too. I did take another ice bath (frigid), and I'm relaxing a little bit, but I feel much better than I did two weeks ago.
Can you believe it? In another 10.2 miles, I'll be a marathoner! I'm over half way there!!!!