The week started off on such a high note! And then. Life happened.
Tuesday – 3.25 miles in downtown Asheville. The weather was a beautiful 65 degrees, and very little wind. Lots of sunshine and this run went by fast (I ran it with Carol and two other co-workers….though we left the other two about halfway through and extended my normal downtown route.)
And then I was in a car accident. There was no other training until Saturday.
Saturday – 20 miles. 4 hours, 13 minutes. A 12:39 pace.
Suzanne picked me up at 6 for this run. We started at Weaver Park, headed through north Asheville (one of the prettier spots in Asheville) and originally I thought we would get about 5.25 or 5.5 miles out and turn back. We were meeting Carol at 8:45, and I didn’t want to be late.
Two miles in (at almost exactly the two mile point), I tripped on the sidewalk and crashed. Hard. I landed on my left side. The upside is it popped my right hip back into place – my right hip had been bothering me since my accident, and had been HURTING since Thursday. The downside is my Garmin and water bottle are very scraped up right now, and my left side is still pretty banged up.
We ran out 6 miles and turned back towards Weaver Park. The 12 miles were hilly. I had intentionally planned our route this way after looking at the elevation map for the marathon at Biltmore. We met up with Carol and headed down Riverside. Riverside is so ugly, but flat.
We ran out 4 miles, and turned back for the last four. At around mile 18.5, Carol spotted this photo lying on the ground:
Of course I told her she had to take it with her. Can’t leave a gem like that behind, right?
Around mile 19.75, my right leg just couldn’t take the running anymore. We walked for a bit, and ran in part of that last quarter mile. We finished with a slower pace than we had anticipated, but we also survived.
Survival is key at this point.
Monday – Ran 2.75 miles downtown. I was still pretty sore. My right knee is giving me fits. My goal is to run 3 times this week. We’re going out of town next weekend, and I’m not sure when my long run is going to happen.
I just estimated that if I run the marathon at a 13-minute/mile pace, I’ll finish in about 5 hours, 38 minutes. So…..yeah. I’m pretty sure I’ll finish. I just don’t know how my time is going to look at this rate.