…YET IT WAS FABULOUS!!!!!!
Sunday was another GTS with my wonderful team and on the agenda for the full marathoners was 32km. We did an “out and back” run starting at Granville Island all the way out to and running around the UBC campus and back to Granville Island.
This week was a bit different because I started off a lot slower than I normally do. My runners have been dead for about two weeks and I could definitely feel it affecting my feet on this run…just feels like there is no cushioning or support what-so-ever. Other than that my left knee was slightly bothersome but the pain was dull and didn’t get any worse so it didn’t concern me too much – it was more an annoyance.
I found this week a lot easier to get through than last week. I’m not exactly sure why that is though I won’t question it 😉 The weather started out like it usually does for us: overcast and a bit rainy but by the end clearing up completely with the sun shining. One of the honouree’s, Nathan, was there helping with the water stations and gave us a motivational speech before we headed out which was good to refocus and remember the cause we are running for.
I did better with nutrition on the run though the hydration was a little iffy because I hadn’t washed out my bottles thoroughly so the first time I took a swig I could taste soap. Let me tell you that was quite the unpleasant shock, haha. I tried to rinse them out the best I could at one stop. Went to the washroom at the Museum of Anthropology which I found amusing walking into it all sweaty and in spandex. Getting up the massive hill took some effort (it’s probably 4km long) I kept looking at it in small chunks which seemed to help. After halfway I couldn’t believe I was feeling fine – a little stiff but less than normal so that made me happy. I accidentally turned the wrong way on one of the streets and went a few blocks out of the way, oops.
Once I got back I took an ice cold bath. Ooo bloody hell you curse it while you’re in there but I see a noticeable difference following it. Today only the bottoms of my feet hurt!! That seems amazing considering two weeks ago after 24km I thought I might fall apart, haha. I’m hoping I can keep a better pace next week…we shall see! I checked my email after I washed up and my inbox had the confirmation email for the race. Cemented it in reality that just running towards a cancer cure is all that matters.