I finished my 20-miler today. And even though I was of course, slow (4 hours), it wasn't as painful as I thought it would be (more on that later). It was my final long run, so I was a bit excited to get it done knowing that I get to taper for the next two weeks with a 12 and 8-miler. Even though I had to run/walk the last 3-4 miles, I'm still very excited that I finished this run, because it means that deep inside, I still have a liiiiittle bit of fire in the belly. Twenty miles. Pretty friggen' cool.
What made the run all the more satisfying was that it didn't start off promising. I slept late (a little after 11pm) the night before because Ryan and I were at a birthday party until 9pm, and then once I got home and bathed him and put him to bed (my mom and Rich were at a play), I had to deal with some undescribably foul plumbing issues (no worries, I'm definitely suing
I ran from our house to a half mile past Matsuyama's, then turned around and ran back to Kahalu'u beach. The last 2 miles of running on Queen K before turning down Makala Blvd. were absolutely horrid in terms of heat. It was so pervasive and unrelenting with absolutely no breeze(s) that I started to feel like I was overheating no matter how much water I drank (our car thermometer said 89 on the way home). So for the first time ever, I detoured to Old A so I could dump a ton of water on my head. It helped so much that I did it again a few miles later. I was so eager to get to Alii Drive if for other reason than to benefit from the occasional shade along the mauka (mountain) side of the road. In fact, I'm pretty sure the shade and dumping of water on my head were 100% of the reason why the run didn't end up being as painful as I'm accustomed too (since I usually end my runs in the hot, shadeless lava fields otherwise known as Queen K).
Oh, and the reason why I titled this post "Breaking Cobwebs" is because often, when you're the first person out running, you're the one having to break through all the cobwebs on the side of the road. It's always a little bit annoying to have them stuck all over your face and legs (along with the dead bugs), but there's also a teensy weensy bit of smug satisfication knowing that you're the earliest of the early birds out there. ;-) It's an expression I've used in my head for years when I first started running.
I'm so happy that I finished my run today that for the first time in over 3 years, I'm going to allow myself to wear a t-shirt tomorrow that I bought from the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon that says "I kinda *heart* running 26.2." I always felt I have to earn the right to wear that t-shirt, and now, I basically have. :-) I just hope it still fits. Eek.
A few pics from the weekend-
Ryan had a disco dance party with his two new buds (visiting from Bellevue) Theo & Levi!
Every so often I get inspired to do something educational or green, and since this activity combines the two (& Ryan could use a little help with puzzles)- ta-da!
This is Ryan imitating ME making silly faces at him whenever I want him to smile for a picture! And no, we don't usually take our son outside of the house in only a t-shirt, diaper and boots...only when we're going out for a late evening walk and it's still so warm outside! :-)