|The trail was beautiful and peaceful!|
|Along for support|
|Feeling pretty good at 6.55 miles- Half way done!|
We were still feeling pretty good as we headed for home. It wasn't too long when I started to get thirsty. That is when it got ugly! We hadn't planned on doing the whole 13.1 outside so we didn't bring water along- big mistake! With about 4 miles to go we broke down and took some snow/sleet/ice off of the rail of a bridge that we crossed - I can't even believe that I am saying this... but it was amazing and really helped! About that same time it changed from snow/sleet to pouring rain! Not long after that I got a horrible side ache- way up high in my ribs. I had to stop and walk with my arms above my head for a minute to relieve it but it kept creeping back for the rest of the run and we had to walk multiple times to take it away. I am not sure if it was the Honey Stingers or the lack of water- maybe a combination of both. The last 3 miles were the longest ever! Our legs were getting very sore from running in the slush and having not run outside for a month. We were very excited to get to our driveway and to be done! 13.16 miles done in 2:26:09 in a Winter Runnerland! It really did feel great to finally get outside for a run for the first time in about a month. In the end it really wasn't bad considering we were only up to an 8 mile long run in our training plan. I also have to say it felt great to accomplish that only 25 days out from my surgery! It gave me an idea of where I am and what I need to work on in the next several weeks before the Shamrock Half in Virginia.
|We earned this baby!|
2:26:09 running in a Winter Runnerland!
It has also been a while since my last update on my ear/neck. I feel like things are doing great. I am pretty much back to all of my normal activities (except swimming- I am ready to get back in the water but wanted to make sure my ear was all healed before getting in). I don't have an appointment until this Thursday so I will know more then. As far as I can tell it appears to be healing nicely. I still have some numbness in my jawline near my ear but that seems to be getting better. The worst thing right now is the itching. I guess that is a good thing because they say that means it is healing. The sensitivity to the cold seems to be getting better but is still there when it is really cold and windy. It also isn't as tender to the touch and I am able to wear a hat now. Here are a few pictures so you can see the progress.
|January 28, 2013|
|January 28, 2013|