Yesterday I did a two mile race today I did my long run..11 miles. I had hoped to be out by 7 the same time the race starts in November but again that didn’t happen. So I was out there an hour later than I had planed at 8:30. Nice morning though sunny and cool but it did get warmer as the day went on. I started out pretty good, I was taking it easy steady pace and I felt pretty good. I picked it up a little as I continued; I thought I was doing okay until around about mile 9 and half or so (almost there dangit!) my piriformis started hurting, it felt like a bad cramp that wakes you up in the middle of night. I had to stop and hold on to a light post. There was a guy walking by with his dog, he asked if I was okay, he could see it in my face and he said “you’ll be okay, stretch it out and take it slow”; he smiled and kept on walking his dog. I thought I was going to burst into tears. But I did what he said I had to take it slow and I finished, I was never so glad to finish a run in my life..I had nothing left give 😓
You can see from my splits it was about mile 9 where my pace slowed down again. So I have tennis balls and as I type I’m on the ice pack…again. I have a business trip coming up this week in Charleston, SC, so I have to find a place to run while I’m there. Now that I’ve gotten used to being out on the road I don’t really like the treadmill much any more. And I’m not sure how the impact of the treadmill will be on my left leg and muscle but if I have to the treadmill will have to work. I’m taking the tennis balls with me and I will use them on the plane and while I’m in meetings. Not sure if I will take an ice pack with me yet or not. CONFESSION: I have to be honest here…I know the race is not until November 6th but I have to admit I’m a little nervous now about it. When I get back from my trip we have a race preview, we will either run the full race or 11 miles we can choose. Maybe that will help I don’t know or maybe it will make me even more nervous. I don’t know…
Keep on running and training….