Elizabeth Hodges ran: Brian is tapering and...

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  • 20 miles
  • 03:26 time
  • 10:16 pace
  • 2284 calories
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good RE Long Run - Longview Lake 20.04 mi 03:26 10:16 pace

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!!!

  • Rachel L.
    Rachel L.

    ha ha, that is funny because I'm totally not afraid of country people. I even understand them when they talk since I grew up around them. I had an absolute blast today and I'm glad I don't offend you with my mouth. Enjoy your Barbeque tonight!

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  • Elizabeth H.
    Elizabeth H.

    I was MORE offended by your ex-boyfriend's mouth! Can't believe he went weeks at a time without brushing his teeth!!!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Susie F.
    Susie F.

    Ha ha - way to call out Brian. Sounds like a great long run with friends. That's the only way to do 20-milers.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Janet
    Janet

    Awesome job, you always amaze me. Great work! :)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Bhushan M.
    Bhushan M.

    Wait a sec, when was this conversation with Rachel happened? I completely missed it... :-( anyways nice 20 mile run despite the fall you had the other day. Great going!

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  • Kristin

    Great run! Regarding allergies, mine are vicious and have been since childhood. In addition to my usual cocktail of rx stuff, I added this Quercitin/Vitamin C thing this year. And I am doing GREAT! Seriously, everyone in FL is miserable, and I don't look like a crackhead during March for the first time in years. Might be worth checking out!

    over 2 years ago Like2 people

  • Jen B.
    Jen B.

    Ahem, I am totally wishing every minute today that I ran with you all. :-)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jen R
    Jen R

    Running with others makes the miles just fly! Ouch on the contacts and fall. I talked with Rachel at an aid station but you must have been in the bathroom.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Steve M.
    Steve M.

    Glad you're OK and had a nice run. Sorry I missed it.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Angie M.
    Angie M.

    Great 20 miler!!! Your running group sounds fun!

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jason C.
    Jason C.

    Sounds like a good day! I always enjoy reading your very detailed posts. I'm looking forward to the Brooklyn Half, too! Oh, and for the record, I brush my teeth twice a day. :)

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Ashley D.
    Ashley D.

    Awesome pace, Elizabeth!! Fantastic long run! I'm looking forward to running with you in the near future....except I might not be able to keep up! Good luck in OKC, seriously, I LOVE that race! It was my first marathon! You're gonna do awesome!

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  • Elizabeth H.
    Elizabeth H.

    Really? You're the first person I've talked to who says they actually LIKE that race. Most people were either had negative things to say about some aspect of the race planning or about the awful weather they always seem to get (but seemed to love the supporters, the cause, etc). After reading those weather reviews, I decided that setting a goal time would be setting myself up for failure. Which means, of course, we'll have a perfect day. :)

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Ashley D.
    Ashley D.

    Really?!?!?!? I totally loved it and so did Mel! It's where she first qualified for Boston! We had PERFECT weather that year (2007,I think) we went back in 2009 and didn't have great weather (40 MPH headwind the last half of the marathon)...but we still have nothing bad to say about that race! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get perfect weather!

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