Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

Lana and David,
It won't take much effort to do better then me at this weeks 16 mile run. 2:30:12, 9:23 pace.
Good Luck,
Michele


The alarm went off at 4:00 this morning and I hit snooze. It went off again 9 minutes later and this time I got up. Not for shopping, for running. Usually we are in Memphis for Black Friday and my friend Dawn and I hit all the sales. This year Ronnie had to work so we stayed home. His working also prevented me from shopping. So running it was.
It was cold and I started slow.
I thought that the 3,3,6,6, and 2 method worked so well last week maybe I would try it again. 3 at 10, 3 at 9:45, 6 at 9:20-9:30, and 4 at marathon pace.
First three 9:58, 9:29, 9:27. Oops a little faster then planned but it is cold and I want it over.
Next three 9:20, 9:28, 9:16. If I can hold this pace the rest of the run, I am going to be happy.
The six 9:14, 9:10, 9:08, 8:59, 9:19, 9:21. About mile 10 my stomach started hurting. I had to slow down.
The last four 9:12, 10:22 (port-a-potty stop)9:09, 9:22. In that 14 mile I started worrying about my stomach. I knew there used to be a port-a-potty at a house under construction. The house is almost done and I was worried they had already hauled it off. I started praying. Please let that port-a-potty still be there and let it be somewhat clean. As I rounded the turn, I saw it. Whew, relief was in sight. I made the stop and then continued on. I felt better for the next mile but then the cramping started again and I couldn't get home fast enough.
Guess my tummy doesn't like Thanksgiving dinner, or maybe it is just my cooking!!!

11 comments:

Lana said...

Other than the stomach issues, which were out of your control, looks like a VERY strong run to me. Good job! Although I can tell you needed me there for those first 3 to slow you down!!!

The way I feel right now, I'll be lucky to finish 16 at all. Black Friday is not for the faint of heart.

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Firefly's Running said...

Nice job, Michele!

Joe said...

don't you hate it when that happens?? And isn't it funny how we all know where the current port-a-pots are along our running routes!!! Only runners would notice!

Nice run in the cold...probably saved some money for you too!

Bethany said...

You are doing a great job on your training. Stomach issues are the worst, at least you had a port-a-potty... You will have to ask Holly about my experience! Also, I'm glad the Manchester 5/10k turned out so well...I will look forward to it next year.

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Mallie said...

No porta-pots for us mountain bikers...we just have to hope that the spot we pick in the woods is truly private!

Sounds like a great run, despite the tummy issues. You're so dedicated. You need to rub some of that off on me.

Joe said...

> this time I got up.
> Not for shopping,
> for running.

You went running instead of shopping on Black Friday? That's dedication!

jen said...

Great run Michele. I can't imagine running the morning after the big thanksgiving meal- I would have to stick to the treadmill so I was never far from a bathroom. You did great though- I did the early shopping thing and I thought that was rough!

TJ said...

sounds like a great way to spend black friday to me...except for the porta potty breaks....

Marathon Maritza said...

Great job on your run! I'm glad the portapotty was still there!