I guess I should end my unintentional hiatus? I really didn't intend to go a month (approximately) between posts, but, well, I'll blog about that later. :)
If there is a virtual 5k going on, you can bet that Molly
is going to find it and
talk me into doing it. This was all well and good until I started training for a half marathon, and, well, it is hard to work in a 5k (3.1 miles) when you reach the point in your training that your short run is 4 miles. But I signed up for Jess's Cupcake Classic 2012
anyway because 1) there was a cool shirt to be had and 2) there was a cool medal to be had. The only problem was I ended up sick the whole week and did not run at all until Saturday. :sigh:
So Friday night, I got a text from Karyn about running Saturday morning. It was totally expected because that is the day we do our long run, and yes, I had avoided texting her about the same thing because I was wanting to remain in denial that I hadn't run all week, and therefore running 12 miles Saturday morning was going to suck. Big time. Especially since I hadn't successfully ran more than 10 miles. But we settled on a time to meet and I told her I was considering baking some celebratory cupcakes. After all, I still had that 5k to run. And yes, at this point I knew there was no way I would run a 5k Sunday which was the last day. So, I forced myself to bake gluten free blueberry/blackberry muffins (muffin/cupcake - it's all the same to me), packed up a few for post run, and hoped the hubster wouldn't snore too bad so I could get good sleepies.
Up and dressed, and ready(ish) to run:
Yes, I am totally faking a smile after the rash of crap I got on Facebook over the lack of smile when showing off my new glasses. So, Kate
, that fake smile is for you. :cheesy: And I am holding my head up in a futile attempt to cover up the double chin. ;)
I kind of guesstimated where the 3.1 mile mark was during our run, which I guesstimated wrong when I stopped the timer on my watch, and had to guesstimate a little more accurately via MapMyRun. It was 37+ min which I have written on an index card on my desk at home. Remember I said Saturday was a 12 mile run? And I hadn't ran more than 10? Yeah, it sucked. That last lap around campus climbing that hill the last time, I was just about done, and unconsciously dropped to a walk. I realized it after a few steps and forced myself back into a run with the "You have less than a mile and you are over halfway up this hill and it's the last hill. Run! You can do this!!"
And this is the only post-race pic I have:
And Karyn said the only thing that kept her going was the promise of these at the end:
She finished like 45 minutes before me, and passed me twice during my 7th lap. At least I think it was twice during the same lap. I might have zoned out an entire lap. It was brutal for us both. She ended up with a rather nasty blood blister, and I got some crazy chafing that nearly had me in tears in the shower. But those muffins were good. I could write a post on what a pain they were to make, but I can sum it up with this: the batter was the consistency of soft taffy. I think I cussed more than once while filling the paper liners.
But anyway, Karyn and I are ready for the half marathon
. 13 days...