Today, I ran further than I’ve ever run: 16 miles! Yay me. It wasn’t particularly pretty and sure wasn’t easy, but I did it.
When we (husband and friend) started the run, I thought: “Uh, oh. We are running too fast and I am tired already.” Not how you want to start a run, right? As usual, that sluggishness went away after a few miles. The route that we took had some hills right in the beginning that zapped my energy a little bit, though.
At about 9-1/2 miles, my knee started singing to me. The pain wasn’t horrible but was enough that I slowed down quite a bit. From about 10 miles to 14 miles, I ran along okay. After 14, I started running out of energy and slowed down even more. I had to walk a couple of extra times – like 10-15 steps each time. I was SOOOO tired. My knee was aching. I really was just getting to the end of my running rope.
At 16 miles, I stopped and walked the 3/4 miles back to my house. WHEW!
After icing my knee for a while, I went to my bathroom, drew a tub of bath water and fell asleep in the tub… for like an hour. The warm water made my knee feel much better, though.
TMI warning: I have a line from the bottom of my bra rubbing above my rib cage. It’s almost like a whelp. It’s red and puffy. Couldn’t be in a worse place. My regular bra rubs it and it feels pretty terrible. I’ve also got a little blister on my right big toe. I get one there on occasion. I don’t know what causes it. It goes away quickly, so no big deal.
How I feel 10 hours after run:
My knee is alright. When I sit with it bent for any length of time, it hurts to straighten it. My hips are a tiny bit sore. My back is tired and a teeny bit sore. Overall, I’m just really tired.
So, week 10 and 16 miles: done!
Here’s what my week was like:
- Mon/Tue/Wed: 5 miles each day on treadmill
- Thu: off
- Fri: 4 ‘take it easy’ miles
- Sat: 16 miles
- Sun: off – YAY FOR BEING OFF!
Total Miles: 35
- Monday: 5 ‘take it easy miles’
- Tuesday: 8 miles on treadmill at marathon pace
- Wednesday: 4 miles on treadmill doing intervals
- Thursday: off
- Friday: 4 ‘take it easy’ miles
- Saturday: 17 miles…
Total miles: 38 – WISH ME LUCK!