I made several deliberate decisions for this run, to help ensure my successful achievement of the thirteen-mile mark. First, I started and stopped at a completely different point from my usual... choosing to park by and return to a park in central Davis.
Second, I had Lauren and Leslie meet me midway through my run to finish it with me instead of beginning the run and leaving me midway (how depressing would that be?).
I also ensured that I ran past the point where I crumpled on the last long run, to remind myself that I can run that way easily and happily. And I ate yogurt and drank an Ensure to give me protein and calories as fuel for the distance.
Today's run started off brightly enough, but I was really feeling it by the end. I slowed way down, but I never stopped. After the run, and after making my way back home, I found I had one sore knee (left) and one angry arch (right). I took anti-inflammatory meds and iced and crashed by 6 p.m. even though it was still beautiful out (Thanks Daylight Savings Time). Exhausted. I was utterly exhausted.
Next week it's 15 miles and I'm going to change up a couple of things. I'll be using the compression socks that Lauren gave me for Christmas, for curiosity's sake more than anything else. I haven't had too much cramping or muscular issues thus far (thankfully). I'm also going to be followed by Noah for this run, and he'll be carrying hydration and calorie boosts to help keep me from reaching the crashing point.
It's all uncharted territory from here on out. And only a few weeks left before the big day, May 6! I'm hoping that a few of you will run with me (or bike with me) for a few miles that day. If you're interested, here's a link to let me know what times you'll be available. That way I can let you know where to meet me on the course!
Just keep running... just keep running...