Saturday, August 19, 2006

18

Of course, I ran the 18 miles today, and I'm glad I did. My serratus thing-y didn't bother me. Still sore, but not too bad.

So, I ran 18 miles!

Slowly. Not my best long run, but I got the job done.

In the interest of disclosing the good and the bad: It took 4 hours, 14 minutes.

That was a good 45 minutes over my anticipated time. I went out very very very slowly. I was running with a fellow who keeps a very steady, slow pace. Which is great for me. Unfortunately, he faded, and I slowed down to stay with him. (Am I saying this is his fault???? Nooooooooooo, most definitely not. It was my choice.)

Anyhoo, the turnaround was at 10.5 miles. I hung there for a good seven minutes (oh, if only I hadn't! I could have done 18 miles in four hours and SEVEN minutes!) Then ran back with my friend, Jen, who was running at a good clip. We made it to the 16-ish mile water stop (who knows what mile the water stop was at? Not the coaches!). I asked for directions back, and was told we should take a shortcut or else we'd be running 19 miles.

Wha...?? A shortcut???

OK, this was from the same coaches who sent an e-mail earlier in the week suggesting we bring money on our run so we could stop at Ben and Jerry's. Or Starbucks. Or go siteseeing. Or stop for brunch. (I only made up the last two suggestions. For real. I can show you the e-mail if you don't believe me.)

As if!

So, thanks, but first of all, I don't believe the route is 19 miles. And secondly, I ain't takin' no short cut! WTF????

Poor Jen. She had to hear me rant about that coach for the remaining miles. (It took 37 minutes. Was that two miles?? Not possible.)

The good news is I ran the entire way. And I ran—and felt—strong on the way back. And good thing we didn't take the shortcut. One woman who did (and who had a Garmin) said she ended up doing only 16 miles ... because of that coach. Grrr.

Whoo hooo! I'm learning to run, people. And despite all my moaning, I really do love these long runs.

I'm learning to run. And I'm learning that there's good, there's bad.

22 comments:

a.maria said...

told'ya! ;)

good job.

Lisa said...

Way to get the miles done!! Great job. :)

Firefly's Running said...

Awesome run. Now get some ice on the sore spot.

LBTEPA said...

oh well done :)

neese said...

WOW!! 18 running the whole way that is fantastic! lol, did the coach want you to stop at Ben and Jerry's *during* the run? that is so bizarre.

great run! hope your sunday is nice and relaxing :)

21st Century Mom said...

I think you have graduated from 'learning to run' to 'I am a runner'. Go ahead - look in the mirror and say it with conviction.
"I AM A RUNNER!" Because you are.

ps- that 4:21AM timestamp is for real. Insomnia? no - bike ride!

Caren said...

Nice job! And I loved a.maria's breakin' it down...

Rae said...

Great job!!!! Your coaches sound like geniouses! HA! Make sure you bring some $$ to the marathon, too! I bet there will be lots of places to stop and have a bite!

David said...

Hoo-ah, say the Marines waiting with bated breath for your step up to the start line.
Better dress nicely. A little make-up. A few dollars to tip the nice Marines who help along the way.

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Nice job on the 18, Jeanne! I was laughing when you were scolding the coach for cutting the run short. What a running nut psycho you are. Only the truly insane would be wanting their full dose of punishment. :D

ali said...

Congrats on a great 18 miler. I love that they recommend Ben and Jerry's as a pit stop!

Juls said...

Congratulations!

Bolder said...

18 big ones.

that i've never done.

well done!!

WADDLER26.2 said...

Great job on the run! What a feeling...

Flatman said...

Awesome!

Dori said...

That's impressive! You have come so far. Good job.

Monica C. said...

Wow. I am sooo impressed. Especially that you like long runs. I hate "long" runs ... and "long", to me, means 5 or 6 miles. YOU ROCK!

Anne said...

I'm not sure if knowing there's a shortcut is a good thing or not. Just don't use one during the race. You know what happened last year when a bunch of charity runners tried it on your marathon course....

brent said...

woah...18!!! suhhhweeeeet! awesome job jeanne!

Bex said...

Your run went waaaay better than mine. Finally posted something about it. Also, you've got to start running some of the miles in your LSD runs at marathon pace. Let's talk.

Thomas said...

You're SO becoming one of us now. Once you've crossed the 18 miles threshold, there's no turning back, you're a runner for life!

Waterfall said...

Wow. Eighteen miles? "Learning" to run? I think you're there. Hopefully I'm not too far behind ya!

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