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Oh dear....

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:34 pm
by Ruff
Well that did not go well!

I had planned a 20km run this morning. As I needed to operate the Mums taxi service later I needed to leave at 5.30am. So it was dark, and raining. Raining lots. And the wind was from the south...which means straight from Antartica here.

So the idea was to do the first 10 on the road, loop past home, pick up Peter and Ruff and do the 2nd 10km on the beach.

I don't think I have the right running gear for this weather, but I put on tights, a running skirt over, a t-shirt and a coat I got from the 2nd hand shop. The weather is cold...and wet. I am soaked by the time I reach the beach, about 1minute from my home. I set off down Marine Parade. Since the earthquakes everybody has been working very hard to replace the sewers, so repairing the storm water drains has been put on hold. What this means is that quite a lot of the time I am running in ankle deep water!

About 5 km into the run, almost at the turn around point, I run through yet another puddle. But hidden inside this puddle is an earth quake crack/hump. My foot catches it and over I go.

So there I am, a 50 year old menopausal woman, lying flat on her back in a pool of water, more water lashing down on my face, in the dark, wondering just why am I doing this?

I bumped my knee, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder, and cut my hands of course. So what now? Of course there is no 'what now', except set off back home. I saw a poster once that said " if it hurts, run faster. It doesn't hurt less, but it stops sooner". So I decided to put this into affect and set off as fast as I could. Unfortunatley by now the tide was coming in and adding to the storm comes up the drains into the most of the way home was through water, and I did not want to trip again. And every time a car went past I got another shower.

Anyway I made it home (10 minutes quicker then I went out) to be met by Peter all kitted up to run 10km with me! I declined, sent home out on his own, and went and had a hot shower. I have put arnica on the bumps, and hopefully all will be well soon.

I feel a bit of a failure I didn't run the 20km, and a bit worried as this was to be my last long run before the half marathon in 2weeks. The furthest I have ever run is 17km, so I wanted to do 20 before the race, but it is getting a bit near now. And I don't heal quite as quickly as you young folks so I need to see how my bumps and bruises are tomorrow.

Ever onwards!

Re: Oh dear....

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:48 am
by kallefs
Hope everything is fine now. There really is no need to run further than 17 before the race except that it may be good to know that you are able to do it. Sound like you had a rough time so warm bath and no more running seems like the optimal option.

Re: Oh dear....

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:24 pm
by hakko
I agree with kallefs. With that attitude, you can run a half marathon any day in the week. :) I hope you recover quickly and good luck!

Re: Oh dear....

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:37 am
by Ruff
Thank you, yes, all good now. Took a couple of days off, and just had a lovely slow 10km jog around the forest, flat easy trails, pine needles underfoot.

So only a week and a half to the half marathon now! I'm beginning to get excited!