This is my third or fourth attempt at writing this post. It's making me a little grumpy. :( But I finally took a bunch of pictures, and want to get them online! So here it goes. Again.
Today was supposed to be a 22 mile run day. I was pumped about wearing my new Pearl Izumi jacket that I won from Gazelles on Crack
's giveaway. (Check out her blog, it's awesome). The jacket fits perfectly and I couldn't wait to wear it for a run. Just look at it. It's beautiful and neon!
So we started off around 9am. I ran with my friend Bre, and our friend Carla biked along and carried our crap (thanks, Carla!) My knees started feeling kind of off three or four miles in, but I figured it'd go away eventually. So we kept running. and then the bridge went up, so we had to wait for it.
So we waited. And waited. I took a picture because I love the waterfront. And the bridge went up and came back down. And then we ran some more! We ran an 11 mile loop and started to run it again, but at mile 14, my knee was really killing me, and Bre's calves cramped up. So we walked awhile, jogged a bit, and reassessed the situation. We decided to turn around and make it an 18 miler instead.
Then we went to McMenamins to get some cajun tots with ranch, a beer, and some pasta. I was a little surly because they were out of hard cider, and their espresso machine wasn't working. And the tots were delicious in my mouth, but all those fried tots are not sitting well in my tummy right now. My knees were killing me and I was hobbling.
So now I'm relaxing at home, icing my knees, and watching TV. My ankles and hips also hurt a little bit. :(
I'm kind of disappointed in today's run, but I don't want to get injured (well, I probably am, but I don't want to be seriously injured). I only have two months until my first marathon, so pushing too hard isn't a good idea.
When I have a rough workout, I try to remember that the body is a funny thing. It has good days and bad days and days that can't be explained. You do what you can, but you have to listen to your body.
Anyone else have a long run this weekend?