Monday, July 8, 2013

Longest Run Ever

 My 17 year old son was a rock star and rode his bike behind me while I ran 12.5 miles this last weekend! At first I was unsure he could ride that slow (I run like a sloth 10:30-12 min pace) but he said it wasn't that slow.  Go me!  I even went out and bought a pain of running legs finally look awesome.  The run out was great, the temperature was nice and cool with shade most of the way, and I only completely stopped once to stretch my lower back.  

Once we reached the half-way turn around point we stopped to drink some water and stretch some more.  It seems like I have to stretch almost every time I stop to walk right around 50 minutes to an hour of running. Just before we got to the half-way point we ran by two dead deer that had been hit by a car or something and about 2 minutes after the half-way point we spotted a very small dead fawn, so sad.  At this point it was mostly down hill so my son rode ahead a ways, making sure to look back and stop once in awhile to let me catch up. I was really flying down that hill. Probably not such a good idea with my sciatica...hindsight, sigh!

Remember my fear of being dragged off the road by a mountain lion? Well once we got past that field it was back to civilization and I told my son he could go ahead and ride home without me after I filled my water bottle back up. Now I could just settle into a nice easy pace and motor on home by myself.  It was pretty nice going...for a bit, the sun was shining, birds chirping.  People were driving by honking their support, and I even got a couple of whoop whoops along the way!

Drum roll please.....Cue the ominous music...

So there I was with about 2.5 miles to go until home when I started to get the worst sciatica pain ever forcing me to stop and stretch every walk interval.  I was not sure I would make it home, it was that bad.  My legs just did not want to work properly and I kept feeling like they were going to give out. The pain was close to unbearable... so I did what every BAMR (bad ass mother runner) would do and sucked it up and shuffled home as quick as my legs would let me.  That was the longest 2.5 miles ever.

After arriving home I immediately took a quick shower then iced my lower back in hopes of relieving the swelling and thus the pain, and it worked.  Ice was my friend Saturday.  After about an hour the horrible pain was gone and I was only left with the sore muscles that normally come after a very long run. This sciatica is getting to be really annoying and I can't wait until I see the acupuncturist.

Here is what my workouts looked like this last week...

Monday July 1st
Ran 36 minutes (3.1 miles slow)

Tuesday July 2nd
Weights 45 minutes
Ran 20 minutes

Wednesday July 3rd
Ran 64 minutes (5.1 miles)

Thursday July 4th 
Ran 40 minutes on mini exercise trampoline

Friday July 5th 
Cleaned Susan's 2-Story house 2 hours

Saturday July 6th
Ran 2 hours 30 minutes (12.5 long slow miles)

Sunday July 7th 
Ran 30 minutes (2.6-ish shake out run)

Anyone else obsessed with watching Le Tour de France?  I am absolutely addicted to it...and I don't (can't sit on bike yet) bike at all right now.  Every year I watch this amazing race event and feel so inspired to do/experience more in the fitness world.  Someday I'd like to do a triathlon and maybe someday an Ironman but that is really just a pipe dream.  I shared this desire with my husband yesterday and he just laughed and looked at me like I was a crazy woman.  Oy Vey!  

Have a blessed week y'all! Hugs!

"Limitations only exist if you let them" 

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

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  1. Great job, that's some serious distance!

  2. Shannon, this is great. I love that your 17 year old joined you. I remember when our oldest was that age and I begged him to run with me, but he thought it was not "cool" to be seen with his mom. You are no sloth, OR we both are, as my pace is about 11 min pace also...Keep going and great job :)

  3. Way to go, Shannon! Dead Deer on the road — finding them was not fun. So sad you had to see that. But no Mountain Lions is a good thing!

    Please take care of yourself. We don't want to hear you've permanently crippled yourself!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

  4. I'm surprised your son didn't go back out looking for you.
    Congratulations on the long run.

  5. Very nice work! Way to work through the pain!

  6. Wow! Well done on your awesome run, what a distance! Apart from the sciatica pain, I bet you felt great after doing it! Any type of back pain sucks, I hope it doesn't cause you too much grief, glad you managed to get it sorted quickly :)

  7. Great job!! And it's awesome that you have your son to go with you! I can't wait until my kiddos are big enough to ride their bikes along for longer runs.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS on the personal distance record!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!! So sorry to hear about the sciatica pain but you are a TROOPER for pushing through. I hope the acupuncturist takes care of business for you ASAP!!!

  9. Goodness...I'm glad you were able to get the pain under control! GREAT job with your run!


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