I’m a little behind on my up-“day”tes.
DAY 209 & 210:
Thursday was a rest day and I made Friday a rest day, too, ahead of the Million Inch Run. Glad I did. I needed every ounce of energy.
Saturday’s Million Inch Run turned out to be a Million Inch+ Run. But I did it: 16.3 miles. Read the recap here. After the run, I removed my socks, which revealed lots of blisters. Sore thighs made going up and down the stairs difficult.
Sunday, I was still very sore. The tops of my thighs screamed at me every time I went to sit down, climb the stairs or walk. Other than that, I felt great.
I also realized that my left pinky toenail that looked grayish to me a few days ago is, in fact, turning black. What does this mean? Why does this happen?
I sort of wanted to go running Sunday because I thought it might make my legs loosen up a little, but Mr. T and my aching feet talked me out of it. I decided to wait till Monday morning. Sunday night, I set my alarm clock for 6 a.m.
I woke up at 5:55 a.m., shuffled to the bathroom, then shuffled to the alarm clock and reset it for 7 a.m. Screw a morning run. My legs need to sleep.
I don’t know how my legs needed more sleep, but I actually remember saying that to myself. At 7 a.m., I was full of regret because I get punished when I skip my early morning run. My punishment? Pushing the jogging stroller.
T Junior was in desperate need of some clothes, so I made up my mind that we’d head up to North Bend for some outlet shopping and then find a trail near there to run. I looked it up and found one quickly: the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. After hitting up Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Children’s Place and Carter’s, we found the trail quickly, too. But I was soon disappointed.
Ugh. If I wanted to run a gravel trail, I might as well have stayed at home. Boo.
But I decided to make the best of it since it was a gorgeous day. Sunny and about 50. I wore my capris underneath my size 12 Calvin Kleins (can’t believe I can do this, by the way), so I stripped off my jeans as T Junior waited in his car seat. I transferred him to the BOB, armed him with a few graham crackers and started up his favorite Disney tunes.
I strapped on the Garmin and we took off going east on the straight gravel trail. My surroundings were beautiful. If only there was no wind. We were headed into some strong gusts and with sore legs and sensitive feet, I could only manage that for a half mile. I decided to turn around and we would do the rest in the other direction.
That was better, but I still was sluggish. My legs actually felt fine after a mile. My feet, though, hurt pretty bad. At one point, we went over a cement bridge and that helped, but once we got back to the gravel, I knew I’d never make it to the scheduled five miles.
I turned around at a golf course and headed back into the wind, which was so strong at times that I had to push the stroller with both hands. Running without swinging my arms is difficult for me. I just wanted to make it back to my minivan and go home.
Luckily, I looked at my NODM calendar this morning and noticed I have a short “long” run on Saturday. I told myself I’d try to make it to at least three miles and then tack on a couple extra miles on Saturday to make up for it.
I stopped the Garmin at 3.35 miles (sorry, Mel, I missed 3.33 again!).
Back at home, I plugged in my Garmin and saw just how slow I was going. I’m just glad I got some miles in. Looking forward to strength and cross training tomorrow and Wednesday!
2-15-10 – 3.35 miles – 38:23
Average pace: 11:26
Mile 1: 11:28
Mile 2: 11:04
Mile 3: 11:43
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I can't believe you actually got out after only one recovery day… second day sore is almost always the worst for me. Good for you!! Hope your feet heal up fast.
hope your feet feel better soon. i think you are awesome for running today.
Blisters and a black toenail? Oh no! Athletic tape, stat. Great job on getting the run in…even with a toddler, stroller and gravel. 🙂
You are so hard core woman 🙂 🙂 Unbelievable that you would even attempt a run today…and with the black toe too!
Great job gettinng out there and running! The pictures are beautiful! I wish I had a nice view like that.
You go shopping and then run where you shop! Wow you are committed! Way to go. Sorry it didn't turn out how you would have liked. Pushing the stroller is HARD work. Way to get a run in even when you weren't feeling it.Great work Kerrie!
That's a fine pace for pushing a stroller on gravel with blistered feet and a black toenail!!! Great job! I would dare say that you don't really even need to tack on the missed miles saturday. You did do more than planned Saturday after all!!! I am stepping back on Sat too! It really important to do that!What a great idea to scout out trails when you go different places! Keeps you from getting bored with the same ole same ole!!!BTW I am hosting a contest to name my Garmin!!!
Ouch, I hope your feet are feeling better soon. They must be pretty beat up! Nice job on the recovery run…. they're supposed to be slow!
omg, that little wee-one is just adorable :). Hope your feet are feeling better soon…and you're doing simply amazing!!!
Congrats again on the million inches!!Also, I tagged you in an award. I believe you might have already tagged, but I wanted to send some sunshine your way!! 🙂
Same thing happened to my toe and eventually i just peeled it off kinda. Gross, I know. It still hurts sometimes and the sucky thing about toenails is they take FOREVER to grow back. Congrats on your race though!!
Oh, yes – black toe nails: badges of honor! And sore feet! I feel you, sister! Mine ACHE after the longest runs lately – for 2 days! Congrats on your 16.3 miles! That is AWESOME! Have been skimming, but not able to comment from work, so I'm keeping up. Great job, Kerrie! Bummer about the chalk arrows. Ugh. LOVE the pic of you and Jr. 🙂 HUGS.