Saturday, November 18, 2006

10 Miserable Miles

Lest you think everything is cupcakes and precious moments over here at Not Born to Run headquarters, let me set your mind at ease.

Just as my glorious victory at the Marine Corps Marathon was slowly fading into sepia-toned nostalgia, this morning's run hurled me—literally—back into reality.

The first week post-marathon I ran zero miles. The second week I ran 3 and 4. This, the third week, I ran 5 on Monday, then on Thursday I ran (barely) 3 on the treadmill (while gasping and swooning the entire way like a character in a Jane Austen novel, well, minus the treadmill), and 5 on Friday. So today, Saturday, I put 10 on the agenda.

And my lovely and clever coach said "Yes, please do 10 miles. You should still have plenty of conditioning in you to do 10."

So, I suited up at 7 a.m. (38F) and with my headache still firmly in hand (day three on the headache) off I drove to Georgetown to the end of the Capital Crescent trail.

I was out of Gu, so I brough half a p.b. sandwich with me, just in case. There was water along the trail so I felt relatively certain I wouldn't perish. And yes, I ran fully plugged in, and listened to two full episodes of Pheddipidations. So there.

My head hurt. But I soon forgot about that because that little niggling ITB pain at the top outside of my right thigh? Turned into a giant ITB pain. And moved around to the inside of my right thigh. And that little pain on the bottom of my right foot? Well, I was sure I had plantar fasciitis.

And then I got to mile two.


And that was how 10 miles went by. I literally cannot believe I ran 26.2 miles. Or 11. Ever. Everything hurt like hell. By mile 9, I remember thinking: Huh. So this is what calf cramps feel like. (I'm leaving out the gross bits.)

I was going to regale you (and myself!) with the sad stats, but I see that my trusty Ironman Timex has cleverly wiped out all of today's miles. I do know I had a few 14 min miles in there. I guess the good news is that I finished. Right? And the bad news is that I am chafed in all the worst places, my right foot hurts and my ITB is acting up. And I still have this &$@!# headache.


I hate precious moments.


Waterfall said...

I hate Precious Moments, too. I actually sort of make fun of it in a story I'm writing. Glad to read that you made it through the ten miles. Your physical conditioning may not feel so great right now, but your mental conditioning is obviously in great shape!

Firefly's Running said...

I hope you get rid of the headache soon. I found the scent of lavender does the trick to relax along with a good ice pack on the forehead too.

Anita said...

If you hate Precious Moments, then never, and I mean never, visit my mom's house.

LBTEPA said...

Jeanne - next ime please put a 'have your bucket ready' warning next to that precious moments link - I'd never seen them before and I'm a bit, um, delicate myself after Noddie's parties.
What's this headache business/ What does yr Dr say?

Bex said...

One word: Codeine.

Sorry that you had such a bad run! The body always feels creaky after it's had some time off. But it will gradually get better. Now get a massage!

nancytoby said...

Time to start that swimming and cycling so you can do like me - suck at 3 sports!!! :-)

Janice said...

I'm impressed that you completed the run. Don't worry about the time, you are still strong. Chaffing is a REAL problem. I'd drive for hours to buy new chaffe-ease if I ran out:)

Bolder said...

you have a headquarters?

how come i have no headquarters?

i need a headquarters.

m said...

I saw that precious moments thingy and thought "oh God does she like that crap?" I hate those and those Hummels. Is that even how you spell it? They should make a horror movie out of both those figurines. Hummel vs Precious moments. Hee, hee. I think I'm so funny.

Anyhow great run. At least you finished it. Go to the doctor. Sounds like you might be starting to get migraines.

jeanne said...

Me? Like precious moments? As if!

Susan said...

I also ran 10 today! But I'm afraid I had a much better experience than you.
I am so completely envious of your marathon experience. I'm still training for my first!

Just12Finish said...

Not Born To Run and Just 1 2 Finish ... don't you think we make an inspiring pair?

Rae said...

Ha! People are passionate about their Precious Moments!!

Man, I wish all runs finished with a cupcake!

a.maria said...

uh, whu-evuh! i love precious moments, they're so cute! ;)

hee hee

Running Chick said...

jeanne...allow me to first ten-miler post-marathon was just awful too. everything was cranky and sore and heavy. coach and i determined that i needed some more recovery time, and that seemed to do the trick!

don't be so hard on yourself!

Wanna-be 5k-er said...

TEN MILES?!??! Man, I still can't even imagine going that far....WTG to you. Sorry it was painful. But WOW!

L*I*S*A said...

Hey, even though it may have sucked for you, at least you got it done. Fugetaboutit and move on, sistah!