Week 8 done… 27 days and only 3 long runs remaining…

The Motivator has gone live now with his own blog, 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  If you’re into fast and long (running), stop by and say hello to James!!  Niki, be sure to give him lots of grief about the Blue and White Army, he’d love it!  🙂

wpid-20150829_102946.jpgThis weekend pretty much sucked for just about anything and everything.  However, I had some fabulous runs midweek.  But I knew come Thursday night… after I had 3 great runs in a row and James ran into audio technical difficulties on Thursday evening… I just knew this weekend’s long run was going to be a bomb.  And it was.

The great Pacific Northwest had a massive storm moving in on Friday night.  After a long hot summer, James and I were both looking forward to running in the rain on Saturday morning!  He had 18 miles to conquer, I had 10.  But after his technical difficulties on Thursday night, James decided to get a new phone on Friday.  He didn’t prepare it for running until Saturday morning, right before he was to head out.  (Doesn’t that just scream “bad idea” all over the place?)  The headphones wouldn’t sync, the watch wouldn’t sync, the phone wouldn’t fit in the running belt… everything that could’ve gone wrong with a new phone did.  But after faffing around with it for an hour or more, James was finally out the door. I wasn’t far behind.

When I finally got out, I wasn’t feeling it.  The morning had been full of turmoil, and I am usually “centered” and in total “zen” when I head out the door.  Not today.  I got about a mile up the trail, the wind started picking up, the sky looked scary, and I said, “Oh bugger this!” and turned around, headed home, with plans to make up my run tomorrow.  Hey, I still did 2 miles.

James didn’t have a choice.  He absolutely had to run that 18 miles on Saturday as he was leaving for a business trip on Sunday.  He only has 41 days until Chicago, and he was hell bent on getting the mileage in.  By the time he turned around on the trail, he was at mile 13, still had 5 miles to run, and ran into 60 mph head winds.  He got super tough and didn’t let the wind “win,” and just continued on.  He made it.  Safe and sound.  18 miles, with 5 of them running into the wind.  Wow.

Needless to say, the entire area lost power from these winds.  Trees came crashing down, power lines snapped, crews were working around the clock.  Our particular town was without power for about 18 hours (at the time of my writing, there are still people without power in Snohomish and King County, 60 hours into it).  Grocery stores lost all their frozen and refrigerator goods… but even with the power out, they were still selling wine.  So how does one entertain one’s self in a power outage?  You pretend you’re camping!!  And drink!!  We made it through just fine.  Below is a picture of James cooking us dinner on a camping burner we had obtained during the last huge power outage here in 2006.  He’s on our front porch because it was absolutely pissing down of rain and our front porch provided cover.  The light was courtesy of a huge flashlight and candles.

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Cooking by candlelight! Outside! On a Bunsen burner!

Then came Sunday morning, the night after a bottle of wine, after waking at 5:30 a.m. to say goodbye to James, after a day of complete and utter discombobulation.  I was kinda-sorta ready to try for the 10 miles again.  I hit the trail and, all of a sudden, there was a sh*t-load of bicycles coming at me.  Group by group by group.  And downed trees with branches and leaves everywhere.  I had to hurdle the branches in order to miss the cyclists!  I could only manage 6 miles with having to dodge all the bikes and the debris and because, quite frankly, I had had enough of this weekend.  After my 6 miles, I went home and went back to bed and cut my losses.  I was done.

So, now I have 3 long runs left before my race… I will run 10, 11, 12, then the big 13.1.  Am I nervous about it?  Absolutely yes.  Will that stop me?  Oh hell no.  Because even though I’m working hard to bring my pace down, at the end of the day, I know I will eventually… but in the meantime, I’m bringing my bling home even if I have to crawl across that finish line.

BTW… the cycling event that was happening today was The Ride to Conquer Cancer, riding from Vancouver, BC, to Bellevue, WA.  They raised over 8 million dollars.  I was honored to have to hurdle fallen trees in order to make way for that wonderful group of cyclists.

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I didn’t hurdle this one… I walked around it. 🙂

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Debris everywhere. I don’t know how those cyclists managed it.

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These leaves were green yesterday, I swear!

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This one’s just cool… more leaves turning colors though.

 

17 thoughts on “Week 8 done… 27 days and only 3 long runs remaining…

  1. aidyl93

    What a crazy weekend!! Wine in a power outage is absolutely the only way to go. 🙂 Good work on getting some miles in; I think I would have taken one look at the fallen branches and said a big “nope!” You have a lot more self-discipline than I! 🙂

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  2. niki

    Wow! That’s definitely… weather!! 🙂 Am impressed you still got out when you did (although the image of your husband fiddling with his phone for an hour pre-run did make me giggle a bit! 😉 ) Have found his blog. I’ve not worked out how to “follow” it yet (I can only cope with WordPress blogs right now, as I’m new to this!!) but I will do…. Love the “pretned you’re camping: drink wine” thing 😉

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you!! Hehe, we all seem to have pre-run issues sometimes, don’t we! 🙂 If you want to follow James, you have to actually click on the title of the post, and at the bottom is a follow blog by email. He actually shows up in my reader now. He’ll be entertaining, for sure!! 🙂

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  3. artisticsharon

    wow, now that’s some weather! I’m with you about turning around 😉 I remember training for my first Half (ha, that sounds like I’ve done a lot of them!). I did better during the training and was completely SHOT at the end of the race. Just remember to fuel during the race – I made the mistake of skipping it in the last hour and it totally caught up with me at the end. I felt better at the end of my second Half…still contemplating doing a third 😉

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hehe, yeah, it’s the long runs that kill me. Last year I did the RNR Vancouver Half, ran out of gel, and had to walk the last 5K in because I was absolutely gassed. It was horrible!! Still enjoyed the race, but omg. That was a hard one! Hehe! I think this time I’ll have one every 3 miles! 🙂

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  4. chasingdownhealthy

    I miss the PNW! It sounds like you have a lot going on! My mental state affects my running as well. You’re doing so well though, and you have such a great attitude! Sometimes you just have to cut a run and call it what it is, and try again next time. Crazy insane about the bikes and the debris, I get thrown off my groove really easily so I don’t blame you at all. You got miles in, and each one counts! I can’t wait until your race, you’ve got to be getting excited!

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