Thursday, September 5, 2013

100 Miles in August Recap

I finished! I finished! I finished!

Run #1! Look how naive I was back then...
Oh man it feels good to be done.  I completed my 100 miles in August - albeit limping across the finish and doing the last mile and a half or so into the early hours of September 1st - but I. AM. DONE. 
Recycled photo - but you get the idea...
Now ten(x10) thoughts on my experience...

1. You shouldn't try to run every day. It hurts.  You'll get burnt out.  Just don't do it. OK? Seriously - it sucks.

2. I don't want my life to revolve around running.  Rather, my life can't revolve around running.  I really thought I could maintain everything else in life and still run every day - but I just can't. Because I was still committed to important things like, you know, a job, a husband, a home, a church, etc. in August - naturally, something had to give (there are only so many hours in a day). Ultimately I ended up having to sacrifice major sleep.  I'd say about 1/3 of my runs/walks happened after 10 PM.  And that's just really rough when I have to wake up at 5:30 AM. 
being reflective for another late night run
3. Running won't make you skinny.  'Nuf said.
well, that and eating McDonald's...
4. Soaking a t-shirt in cold water right before putting it on to run outside in heat feels UH-MAZING.

5. I surprisingly had some really (I'm talking really) close calls with upset tummy issues.  I've never had GI problems while running... so I'm still not sure if it was just a coincidence or because I was doing so much, I'm going to keep monitoring that...

This isn't me, I promise. But I can't say I haven't thought about it...

6. There are a lot of critters outside at night.  We had coyote, opossum, rat, cat, dog, and spider encounters aplenty.

7. I could not have done it without Donny's help.  There were definitely a few nights where I would not have gone if he hadn't been there to encourage me.  The hardest night was last Friday. I threw my mom a huge 50th birthday party that night, but the day started at 5 AM for cycle, then I worked a full day before running around as hostess. Bad shoes and 100 degree heat only compounded the exhaustion. We didn't start our [walk] for the day until 12:30 AM and I was delirious with exhaustion. (See #1 and #2).

8. I'm really tired of doing laundry. Also, I can get really creative with running outfits when clothes are dirty and no one I know is going to see me.

9. Even though I walked way more than anticipated - I'm content and can say with confidence that I accomplished my goal.

10. I still love it. Even though I was glad to get to September and give my legs a break - I still really love the sport of running and am really looking forward to my Fall racing schedule!
and now I get new running shoes!!!

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