The 11 miles is finished. So tired. Yesterday – rain. Waited till today and glad I did. It was beautiful…
We met Mary Jo, George and Greg for brunch after church this morning @ 11:30. It was family style fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw and bread. So good. Only ate small portions though I did eat 2 pieces of chicken (white meat and thigh). Normally we have a larger family gathering but this year it didn’t work out – while we missed seeing everyone – this was good too.
Then 2 hours later set out on my long run. I wore a brace on my left knee which has still been giving me a little trouble, but nothing like last week. That brace really helped – taking that baby to New York for sure.
At first my muscles were so tight. Felt like scissor legs with a rubber band around them – for about half mile. Then after about 3 they started to limber up. After mile 5 I forced myself to take a “Power Pack.” I then stopped at mile 6 to do stretches. Then stretched again after I finished. Will be doing a lot of stretching, leg extensions and short runs over the next 2 weeks to build up my flexibility for the race.
Okay, back to the chicken dinner…I know that meal is not what you eat before running – especially 11 miles, but it’s Easter!
Nausea set in about mile 6 after I ran a really steep and long hill. For those who live in JC – it’s the hill on Edgewood (Mexican Restaurant side) just before it meets 179. After I made it to the top, I could feel stomach was upset. Pushed through it then about mile 9 I had to walk it out to get stomach to settle. Battled through that for the duration. I’m sure the fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. had nothing to do with it :). Okay…but it was still good and worth it to get together with family too. Just finished a Sprite and nausea is almost gone.
We had the pleasure of having my brother Greg visit this weekend while Mary Jo took care of the Easter preparations for catechumens/parish, etc. Greg is so funny…if anything is out-of-place, he has to move it back, whether you want it moved or not. When Greg lived with us, I’d leave myself notes and then leave the room and Greg would quickly get up and pitch them to keep things neat and tidy. He was very busy the last couple of nights turning off lights, moving chairs, etc. I’d give him a bottle of water to have by his bed (to sip through the night as needed), Greg promptly reaches for it and downs it in a few gulps. That’s Greg. Here’s a picture of him, with Jim and Alex last summer after Church.
Well Tonight is Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice All Stars. Good thing because I am probably not going to be doing much else – run wore me out.