Yesterday proved to be a day of survival! The night before (Friday) I first had an emotional breakdown due to life's challenges just pushing me to the breaking point. I cried, cried a little more, then said enough! "You know what you need to do, stop with the pity party." However, because of my current mental status Friday night, I didn't sleep well - strike one when heading out for a LONG HOT RUN!
One of the challenges that hit me Friday night was that once again my truck's radiator sprung a leak - what does that mean $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ out the door, that of which we don't have right now. But luckily it's a slow leak, we added some water, Mark filled up a couple of gallons of water and I put it in the back of my truck as I needed my truck for the run. I promised a cooler full of ice and water when runners showed up to ADO after 22 miles in the sun.
Thankfully, I made it up to Auburn nicely, no overheating at all - yeah. Then the next blow came. First, let me step back a minute, I found out Friday night that Pam would not be joining me on the trails (heel pain) - yikes! So I checked with Jennifer to see if she was still going and she said yes - phew - ok I won't be on the trails by myself. Well when I got to ADO, Mary proceeded to tell me that she and Jen would be heading out early to run with Diane Forrest - yikes - I guess I'm alone once again. Now my emotional status is already on the edge, but I said, I can do this and I'll be fine.
Caught a ride down to Cavitt with Marc Meyers and met up with all the other awesome FTRs. We truly have a GREAT group of people.
|Me wiping myself off after my rumble with the ground!|
|The bruise from my fall that I discovered after I got home. Today it's much darker!|
|Leslie and I at Twin Rocks|
|Stopping to enjoy the view|
|View of the lake|
|Nice cool area to stop and enjoy!|
As we crossed through the Rat Bar area, I needed to make a pit stop so I let Marc, Nancy, and Kamran pass. At that point, I kind of lost them. I wasn't able to catch back up until we hit the oasis (horse watering troph) at Avery Pond. But apparently, Marc could no longer take our pace and had taken off.
|Nancy and I looking for the turtles|
|Can you see the turtle?|
|The last pic I would take for the day!!|
So now I'm picking up the pace a bit, not much, but some, getting in a little run here and there and before I know it I come around the corner and there's my savior, Jennifer, sitting in the mini creek! I have never been so happy in my life to see someone as I was at that very moment. I immediately sat right down next to her and almost started to cry, but held my composure! We sat for a few minutes while I cooled my temps, sterilized some water, got as much of my stuff wet as possible and then we climbed out of the oasis back into the beating sun and heat. This was at approximately 18 miles.
We proceeded to walk the rest of the way as 90% of what was left in order to get back to ADO was uphill. We stayed on the roads, for the most part, and just hiked our way back up to our cars. I was so happy to see my truck - I DO LOVE MY TRUCK!
|And of course I can't do a long ass run without taking a pic of my feet!!|
I think I've come to the realization, although I've known this for many many years, that I don't deal well with the heat. Now add running in the heat, with the sun beating down on you, all alone on the trails, yeah it's a recipe for disaster.
I am questioning whether I should try to do the Sierra Nevada Endurance Marathon now. However, I found out that Jen will be doing it, albeit only if the weather stays below 100 degrees. So, I've decided that if she does it, I'll do it, as I know I'll have a buddy out on the trail! This will be my last long run/race for the rest of the year and I won't consider doing another long run race until Way Too Cool in March 2011. It's time to step back and do the other things in life that I truly enjoy - family, quilting and golfing. I won't stop running, just cut way back on the mileage.
Till next time, stay dirty.