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Elizabeth Hodges ran: Brian is tapering and...
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- 20 miles
- 03:26 time
- 10:16 pace
- 2284 calories
Brian is tapering and I am not, so of course he was an ass and refused to stick around to help me take down the aid station. I believe his exact words were, "I can't wait around for over three hours for you to finish." (I was not stupid enough, nor capable of proving him wrong this weekend.) So I made him set it up by himself this morning so I could get a little extra sleep. I arrived a few minutes late (due to a couple of poorly-timed stoplights) and had to take it up a notch to catch up with my group - I caught up with Rachel L., Renea K., Bhushan M., Nicole, and Katie just past the 1 mile mark. So my first mile was 8:19, and my knee and elbow were both singing by the time I'd caught up. I'm pretty sure nothing is wrong with the inside of my knee, it's just bruised pretty badly and jostling that bruise makes it angry and then it swells up a bit. Nothing too terrible, although I think I'm compensating a tiny bit; the back of my OTHER knee is a little bit tight.
I also slept with my contacts in last night, and this time of year, that's an automatic pass to allergic-irritated-eye-ville, so I took my left contact lens out at the halfway point. Weird, running with one eye blind (I'm legally blind twice over without my contacts), but better than having it stinging and pissed and having to blow my nose all the time.
Really, really, really enjoyed the conversation with Rachel and Katie today (who went the full 20 with me) - when we get talking, silly things like mile markers and pacing and rain don't really matter, and there's no filter, so it's never boring! The group camaraderie is something I missed from last summer, when I was so constantly waylaid by my bathroom issues and forced to run alone. Today there was only ONE bathroom available on a course where we passed like, five (sonsofbitches apparently don't open until "REAL" springtime?) but despite not being able to go when we passed it, I wasn't really bothered by my stomach until the last hill in the last mile, which I'd resolved to walk anyways to keep from irritating my knees.
By the time I finished, I felt okay again, and I didn't have any trouble finding the aid station, although stuffing it all into the back of my two-door car was definitely a challenge. I could never have managed had all those coolers been FULL. There were a couple of people pulled over by the side of the road and down by the aid station fishing when I stopped. Their accents were totally Deliverance and it made me nervous to be down there by myself with them not 50 feet away (I have a vivid imagination)...but they didn't say anything. Rachel is afraid of city people; I guess I'm afraid of the "country" people. Hahaha!
Anyways, this was the last 20 prior to the OKCM (which I still haven't signed up for) and the Brooklyn HM. I booked my flight last night - I'll be there May 17-21, racing the 19th. Excited!!!