Tuesday came in like a wrecking ball.
I felt really ill and ended up losing my breakfast. Sorry for the TMI but it this has a point (sort of). Wednesday morning I still didn’t feel very well but much better than the day before. After work I went for a fantastic run, came home and seriously, the endorphins were running wild! And I was hungry for the first time in two days. “I know!” I said to myself, “I’m going to have chicken taquitos!” They are homemade but still, what is wrong with me?! My poor tender tummy was quite displeased with me. (I used this recipe from Annie’s Eats and I strongly recommend it!)
Alright, onto my fabulous run! Like everywhere, MI has seen better winters. In fact, this is the worst winter since 1996 or something. Snow. Snow EVERYWHERE, ALL DAY! I came to a conclusion yesterday – like my T-Rex ancestors, I would not have survived the Ice Age. On Monday I was so cold I just curled up in blankets and sweatpants/hoodie for a couple of hours. My bones hurt. Essentially, I would’ve been the weak link.
Anyway, when it got up to 40* yesterday I knew I wanted to run outside. Apparently, I wasn’t the only runner with this thought – we were all over campus! The first 2 miles weren’t great. Campus is cleared really well but outside this radius sidewalks are still nasty so I just zig-zagged around as many dry sidewalks as I could find. This included so.many.hills.
At mile 2.45 I started to get into a groove and I didn’t want to sit on the side of the street hoping someone would pick me up anymore. At mile 3.88 I realized I needed to start pushing the pace. It definitely hurt but in that, “I’m a strong runner!” kind of way. I finished out the run with 5 miles and negative splits. I tweeted about it and my friend/coworker sent me this – I couldn’t stop laughing!
I forgot how happy running outside makes me. I also forgot I had a 1/2 marathon in a week and half. Truthfully, I thought it was March 15th and then I got an email on Monday saying it was March 2nd. This is sooner than March 15th. Oopsie. It won’t be my best 1/2 ever. However, I’m doing it with friends, it’s the 2nd year of this local 1/2 and a ton of area runners will be there. It will be like a mini runner reunion. Essentially, a really fun day with some pain! Oh and a t-shirt and medal of course!
Oh and my wish for a Twilight marathon came true! Thank you FXX!
Do you ever get race dates mixed up?