Cypress gave me a big LIFE Runner send off this morning at 6:30.
It was foggy around the river and in low places this morning as Dolores and I drove to the trail.
…then up came the sun and burned off all the fog.
- The 47 degree start had a bite to it for the first few minutes. When I finished it warmed up to 74.
- Dolores’s ride started out on mile three with a blow out. She was able to get her bike tire fixed and rejoined me on the trail. That on top of not much sleep for her and Tom night before. They had to make a late night run to the airport and back . She is Tough with a capital T.
Lactic acid began building and it, combined with a bronchial spasm (Dolores’s diagnosis), made mile 20 that much harder.
Dolores did great. I started showing wear at this point. Said a rosary (with my LIFE Runner Macrame rosary) on miles 18/19.
Dolores recommended I get a bronchodilator from the doctor this week. I also need to see if I can take Ibuprofen before race begins and leading up to it as well.
Cheers to Dolores who pushed through lack of sleep and blown tire today to ride the 20 miles with me. Also for being the official photographer for the day. Love the pictures.
I have to say the last few miles were extremely hard. Also, I am going to have to settle for a slower pace than I prefer. Even though I ran the full distance, my average was 14:30.
Ouch! My pride just took a hit.
This was not part of my plan but the bigger issue is…I finished.
It’s now time to taper till the marathon. My training is virtually finished. Bring on the marathon!