We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face
… we must do that which we think we cannot.
Yesterday I survived another round of Boot Camp- push-ups and all! I was actually excited to go. I guess that makes me a glutton for punishment. lol Each time the
drill instructor gave us a challenge, I wanted to yell “bring it on!” Every time I was tired and wanted to quit, I reminded myself that marathon runners don’t quit, Tough Mudders don’t quit, Spartans don’t quit, and I certainly don’t quit. When I was told to push, I pushed as hard as I could.
That being said, I woke up this morning incredibly sore. I wanted to stay in bed, but it was the only chance I’d have this week to get in a long run. I truly regretted not doing a better job stretching before and after our class. In the theme of not being a quitter, I dragged myself over to the Bridle Trail and started my 17 mile run. My legs were heavy and my body was fighting me at first, but eventually I settled, and it felt like less of an effort. By the time I hit nine miles, I was still feeling strong and really thought I was going to get through the run unscathed. I knocked out my first 10 miles in just over 2 hrs, which was pretty good for me given I had on my vibrams and a weighted pack.
By the next mile, I was not feeling so hot. Another mile in, my IT bands were SCREAMING. I panicked for a minute, but kept pushing. Then my body came to a grinding halt. I tried to force myself to run, but the pain was searing up my legs. I couldn’t get back into a rhythm. I couldn’t even walk straight. I still had over 5 miles to go- a very long distance to walk. I figured I would walk a bit and see if it got better- no luck. Then I got the brilliant idea to pull my compression sleeves over my knees, which worked like a charm! Then next five miles weren’t easy, but at least were doable.
By the time I got to the end of the trail, the GPS was
whining flashing that it’s battery was low. I thought it was very nervy for it to be complaining when I was doing all the work and still had to keep going. 😉 At the same time, I was a little proud of myself for outlasting it. In the aftermath, I have to admit I am having a bit of trouble moving- especially up and down stairs. Adam has been getting quite a chuckle watching me limp around. He assures me this is normal. I was hoping to make-up tomorrow evening’s Boot Camp class in the morning, but now I’m not sure 1) if I’ll be able to move by then, and 2) if it’s even a good idea. I have not really been good with taking rest days, and now I’m paying for it. Another lesson learned!
Just in case anyone needs a laugh, I read this post a while back from a HILARIOUS blogger- the Bloggess. It’s about a metal chicken. It made me literally laugh out loud because I could absolutely see my mom and myself doing this. Then yesterday my mom and I were at the Home Goods store, and look what I found! I immediately took a photo (see below) with my iPhone and sent it to my sister with the following message “Look, it’s even on sale!!! Lol I think mom needs one!” She replied “No, I don’t think so,” but I’m sure my mom would have loved it and totally appreciated the humor in the situation.
That’s all for now! Tomorrow we are California bound. 🙂 My next post will likely be the race recap, so everyone have a wonderful weekend!!!