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A Rough Twist

Sunday, June 12, 2016

As many here know- I run in any conditions. Rain, snow, sleet, and HEAT HEAT HEAT. At least it feels that hot right now. My last blog was earning my ugly, which was me running in the heat to train for races in the heat. My last short race was a 5k,which was after a another long week of work. This was topped of with showing up late after my car died and then taking the family vehicle, warming up quickly and taking off for a run. Still had a nice successful run on a bright sunny day. Training helps!

Saturday was not to happen that way. Driving my rental as my car is still in the shop, I was on time, toenails trimmed, hair cut, favorite shirt, fueled up, and ready to go. Checked in early and was off on a mile walk/jog to warm up for the race. This should have warmed me up and left me 15 minutes to spare. Not so. The map measurements were to the park entrance, not the far side of the park for the start line which left me a somewhat short on time. That, and my body started reacting hot and just wouldn't relax into it. I started the race unsettled and fidgety feeling. My goal for the race was a 75 minute, ten mile run. Really wanted closer to 72, and would take anything up to 80 minutes. This puts me happily striding out anything between 7:20 and 7:30 miles. The race began with a 7:40 mile. That's okay. I usually start fast and pay later, now I'm starting slow to benefit later. Second mile is a little better, and my third put me back on pace with a total time of 23:34. Everything was great and I started to feel pretty good. Then by mile 4.5, I was walking. My body is crashed- as in not regulating heat, dumping sweat like crazy, heart would not get up to pace, and a sick stomach. If I drink water- I burp it. If I have a sport drink- I have to walk to prevent vomiting. Last blog I earned my ugly. This time I was living through it. After a time, and when I hit the 80 minute mark, I told myself no more walking. Finished the run, skipped all the food, and passed out under a tree. Woke up, and then walked back to the car in under 7 minutes and changed clothes (the finish is that close to where I parked). My only pic is a pile of sweaty clothes with my medal on top.

Went back to get some food and water. Then drive home.
Final stats: 1:25:20 time, 6 of 18 age group, 36 of 142 male, and 46 of 303 overall.

Now, the run never got in to my muscles. It just used up my water, but spared me some energy. Later, with more food and bottles and bottles of fluids later, it's family time. Spent the entire afternoon at the beach.
Sorry ladies, you don't get pics of me. emoticon

Some days you win some, some days you lose some. Today I won-
a great day at the beach
forty minute walk with my 14 yr old son (never happens)
happy family dinner, because the kids were too tired to get in to it
I had pizza with the family, mine was GF and the first one this year
a really cool medal

That is not a bad trade off, and I can always attack the run next time.

One more pick for everyone. This is from one of my runs about ten days ago. The area is where woods, trails, and farm fields all come together. Little thing looks just new born.

Cheers, Konrad

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    Sounds like you had a great day after the hellish part of it! My favorite memory was taking a long walk with my Pops. That's a golden moment
    1795 days ago
    Impressed that you continued on through the race, sounds like it was misery. Hate those days that every bit of it is painful, but it gives you something to be proud of anyway. By the stats it looks like you still did well even if it was not the numbers you were hoping for. Can you imagine doing this same race years ago? :-)
    Glad the walk on the beach was nice. Love the fawn pic!
    1854 days ago
    What are the temps like there? We are pushing 100 degrees every day here in Georgia. I want to get back to running (still trying to get back to it after knee surgery) but I won't even be attempting it outside in this mess. Georgia summers are the worst.
    Sounds like a tough go of it, but at least you recovered and had a great day with the family! That's the good stuff!
    1867 days ago
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    You had me wondering for a minute there, Konrad! I am glad things worked out. It has been very hot here, and I am sure it is hot where you live too. I am glad you were able to finish and are all right. Congratulations on your finish!
    1869 days ago
    My race yesterday was yucky too but not as bad as yours. I always feel I learn a lesson from every race. Each one is an experience. Glad most of yours are terrific and bonus on the special time with family!!!
    1875 days ago
    Yikes, that sounds awful! You finished, and you had fun with family. emoticon
    1876 days ago
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    How are you feeling today?
    You sure push yourself, I'll give you that! You're a beast!!
    1876 days ago
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