That's what running with Lisa and Pat is like: never dull, and a hundred laughs a minute. Who would think an 8.5 mile run could be so much fun?
Well, seeing as how I am always the last one to post about our adventures, I'll leave most of it to my running cohorts to give you all the dirty details.
It's funny to me though, how we all seem to leave out just the teeniest, tiniest details that might incriminate OURSELVES during these adventures......like Pat, while trying to avoid a combine during our on road/off road adventure, almost doing a face plant in the dirt despite his graceful recovery........or Lisa, who pretended to be UNsick when leaving the house in the morning, yet sniffled and snorted for the 8.5 mile journey, all the while talking about her grand plan to save 200 GU packets for a giveaway t-shirt. She didnt want to hear that this prized tshirt would end up costing her over $200, LOL!
ME? Well I admit my crazy moments...including a shower of Gatorade down my front side due to a water bottle malfuction, and an railroad track injury to my hand (which actually could be blamed on Lisa if I was so inclined). Oh yes, and I forgot about wearing my running pack upside down and almost....ALMOST dumping out all the contents at the gas station while trying to pay for my Gatorade. I must have gotten dressed in the dark.
How GGT put up with our antics, I am unsure. She stuck with us for 6 miles and then headed home for some real adult conversation. :) Since the REAL troublemakers are gone next weekend, she and I might try to meet up for a shorter run on Saturday morning before I leave town.
But seriously folks, yesterday was GREAT. Another personal mileage record for me at 8.5 miles. I had planned on running only 6, but felt good after that point and decided to stay on with Lisa and Pat.
Last week I started REALLY dragging around the 6 mile mark, so I could see a slight improvement this week. I think it was close to the 7ish mark that I wanted to start whimping out. That's when Lisa spotted the dirt trail for extra mileage and then......well, you all know how that goes.
My new ASICS were just awesome....only one short period of foot numbness and it wasnt severe, and went away quickly. They certainly aren't white anymore after yesterday, that is for sure. And should I mention the dirt rings around my ankles when I got home? I looked like my toddler after a day in the sandbox. :)
Only one strange physiological issue that is noteworthy - a strange feeling in my left calf muscle at almost 8 miles. I am not sure what a muscle *spasm* feels like, but I think that may have been what it was. It felt like my muscle was squiggling around in there....that is my highly techical explanation. A short walk break helped, and I'm glad it didnt return.
My lower calves were much tighter by the end of yesterday's run than I have ever noticed before. Today I am only slightly sore, which is good.
If what Pat tells me is true, I am hoping that by *pushing on* during these long runs when I feel like stopping, I am getting stronger and able to extend farther each and every time. See, Pat isn't just our comic relief, he is our mobile advice columnist. I have learned a ton from Pat in the last 16.5 miles! ;)
Have I mentioned that I have the best running buddies ever?