Sunday, March 13, 2011

I Kissed Mother Earth

Monday, March 7th 2011: 9 miles @ 10:46 minutes per mile pace. I walked out the door at 5:00am and into a torrential downpour. Honestly - who, in their right mind, participates in a hobby which involves waking up at 5:00am to run for a few hours while wearing a large black garbage bag? Who? Who! I'll answer that for you - nobody. Nobody in their right mind does that. Which is why I was out at 5:00am in pouring rain wearing a garbage bag.

I had stuff going the next day so I decided to do the next day's run on Monday night: 4 miles @ 8:59 minutes per mile pace. I haven't done a tempo run on purpose in months (or years?) and was curious how I'd feel running at goal marathon pace for a few miles.

I really want to run under a 4 hour marathon someday which is around 9:09 per mile. But this run wasn't very encouraging. I was pooped by the end and couldn't imagine running another 22 miles like that. I'm not going to give up trying, but part of me wonders if this goal is a little out of reach.

Tuesday, March 8th 2011: Rest.

Wednesday, March 9th 2011: 13 miles @ 10:34 minutes per mile pace. I ran on the Arizona Strip dirt road which is equally challenging and beautiful.


There is one hill which is a real beast. I loathe it. I saw a car driving up it which gives a better perspective of how big the hill is:


The dirt road requires crossing two cattle guards. You earn bonus points if you don't sprain your ankle:


I put sunscreen on but still managed to get a little bit burned. That wasn't a surprise though. I can get a sunburn while standing inside. At night.


Thursday, March 10th 2011: 4 miles @ 10:53 minutes per mile pace. This was one of those I-Feel-Like-A-Slug days. My legs had no interest in moving. I had my taper planned for the upcoming ultra, but after today I think I'm going to taper my taper just to make sure I'm fully rested.

Friday, March 11th 2011: Rest.

Saturday, March 12th 2011: 9 miles @ 12:08 minutes per mile pace. I ran the Hurricane Rim trail which is technically challenging so my pace was slower. I ran into a few problems in the last mile of the run. First - I got a pretty good roll of the ankle. A word popped out of my mouth that shouldn't have popped out of my mouth as my knees hit the dirt. I think I fell before it did major damage though.

About five minutes later I was cruising down the trail when apparently I tripped on a rock. I had this strange realization that I was flying through the air, mid-flight, like I was sliding for home plate. It was the weirdest feeling to be airborne and know that I would be kissing Mother Earth a split second later.

And then I kissed Mother Earth. My knees got in on the action too. I was so angry. I grabbed a water bottle and spiked it to the ground. Then I felt a little better.


I was only a few minutes away from the car and decided I better walk back, considering my poor track record for the day. Next time I'm on a trail I plan to do better at staying vertical.

"I grew up believing that once you completed a marathon it was as if you had been sworn into a secret society. A society of runners who become sisters and brothers, bonded by blisters, chaffing, dehydration, cramping and intense pain! We will have endured the same rigorous path together."
~ Shalane Flanagan

5 comments:

  1. Ouch, hope you are ok. Other than that sounds like you had a pretty good week. Can I just say with 2-3 inches of snow on the ground this morning - I am totally jealous of wearing sunscreen!! But....Spring is just around the corner and we are supposed to hit 70 this week.

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  2. Dear Cory,

    You are fast. Remember? It's in your blog title, so obviously it's true. I think you could do a marathon in under 4. I, too, am jealous of your need to wear sunblock. I ran today and it was 32 degrees and it was a heat wave.

    Amylee

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  3. I did not wear sunscreen on my 15miler yesterday and I toasted up like a tomato. I am wearing sunscreen for today's bike and run though. I don't ever remember falling running, I am sure it's bound to happen though.

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  4. I kissed mother earth on Sat at my first trail run/marathon. Not fun. My knees are still screaming at me. Hope they heal enough before Buffalo.

    Did you email my sister? and did she reply? Was it helpful?

    Dude.... 8 days, I am so freaking excited.

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  5. Michael - the weather is PERFECT right now in our area. Wish it would stay like this all year.

    Amylee - thank you. The encouragement boosts mean a lot to me. I don't envy your heat wave.

    Patrick - hope it's a long time before you eat cement. I'll knock on wood for you.

    Janice - Hope your knees feel better FAST. I've been playing phone tag with your sister but we'll get in touch soon. Boy - reading "8 days" gave me butterflies in my stomach.

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