a very bad run

Rule #71: No excuses. Play like a champion.  (thank you Wedding Crashers) 

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Yesterday was terrible.  While I did not run like a champion, I think I handled my less than desirable performance like one.  

Other than being a little nervous, I was never particularly amped up to run (the first bad sign).  Once we started I felt ok for a bit, and then by mile 3, my body decided it wasn't into racing (a really bad sign considering it was a 16 mile race).  I'm not sure what the problem was, but I'm pretty sure it fit the definition of "bonking."  

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Things really only got worse from there.  I felt worse and worse, and like any good nurse, I was trying to figure out what exactly was wrong.  By mile 6 or 7 I was reviewing the signs and symptoms of shock because I was convinced that was what was happening ot me.  

By the time I got to the top and started running downhill, I could barely even run.  My whole body hurt worse than it's ever hurt before.  Some time after mile 9, I noticed that there was blood dripping down my arm.  I had been bitten by a horsefly and was missing a huge chunk of my elbow...but everything else hurt so badly, I hardly noticed.

I remember hurting pretty badly last year, but at the very least I was able to run.  This time I was running but I might as well have been walking (I think my fastest downhill mile was in the 15 minute range...not good).  

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At one point I even considered eating poisonous mushrooms so that I didn't have to finish.  

The fact that I am not terribly upset about my terrible time leads me to believe that I really did not feel well.  Usually I get mad (at myself) about these things, but not this time.  Thankfully it was a beautiful day and I got to enjoy that (sort of...I think that was part of the reason I felt so awful, I didn't realize that the sun was so hot, after I was finished I noticed I had a bit of a sun burn).  

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Right now I'm focusing on recovering quickly so I can run again next weekend.  Right now that seem completely impossible, but given how much better I feel today than I did yesterday, I'm thinking it's not as far fetched as it seems.  

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The good thing about it taking me so long to finish was that John was able to be there.  As I was getting close to the finish line I heard a dog barking and I thought hey, that sounds like Kiva...but she's in the car. Then when I got to the finish line, there was John with Kiva!  I made a quick stop to turn in my chip and get my shirt and then we left.  I was hungry and thristy and just wanted to sit down.  I told John I was craving salt and he went to get a sandwich from Safeway and he got me my favorite kind of chips...he's a keeper for sure!

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The whole time I was running I kept telling myself I was never running Lost Lake again.  Then today, I thought it might not be so bad.  Good thing I have 364 days to make that decision for sure...