Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ten Ten Ten!!!!

10 miles ... yes, 10 ... T-E-N! It took me 2 hours and 16 minutes (it was our first timed evaluation) ... so 14 minutes a mile (and yes, I know some people can actually walk that fast) - but hey, it's 4 minutes a mile FASTER than when I started this little endeavor 10 weeks ago (there's that number again).

The run was fine - "the" blister was fine ... I figured out that if I use ALL of the various remedies that people have given me over the last few weeks (with the single exception of kerosene), I can run blister free. I put neosporin on the blister area, then cover it with the band aid brand blister patch (thank you to YB), then put a large piece of moleskin over the bandaid (to keep the band aid from slipping), then put waterproof tape around the edges of the moleskin, then wrap cloth athletic tape completely around my foot (to keep everything from slipping), then put more waterproof tape around the edges of the cloth tape to keep the moisture out, and finally add a touch of vaseline to the outside of the cloth tape to keep the area slightly lubricated as it is prone to rub against the inside of my shoe after 4 miles, blister prevention can be achieved. Quod Erat Demonstrandum. It takes longer to wrap my foot than it does to get dressed - seriously.

So in keeping with 10 miles in 10 weeks ... here are 10 things I've learned.

1. Running after a restful night's sleep is GOOD (running after a non-restful night's sleep is BAD).

2. Running on a brisk autumn morning, when there's a slight chill in the air, and the sky is clear is GOOD (running in the RAIN, not so much).

3. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER stop moving forward ... once you stop making forward progression, you MUST NOT stop for any reason ... especially after 6 miles or so ... if you stop - IT IS REALLY HARD TO START AGAIN.

4. Always go to the bathroom before you run ... ALWAYS.

5. Breathing in deep, rhythmic breaths is GOOD ... not breathing is BAD.

6. Smiling at other runners/walkers and greeting them using your words (as opposed to grunts) not only makes you smile, but forces you to breath.

7. Waking up at 3 AM to eat a bagel because you have to run 10 miles can be a good thing.

8. There's really not a huge difference in running 8 miles and running 10.

9. The easiest way to insure that a run is completed is to start it before I'm fully awake in the morning.

10. What I am going through right now, doesn't even remotely compare to what those who are battling life threatening illnesses.

This has been a good week (with respect to running ... even though I did have to run in the rain again ... at least there was rain, although not nearly enough). I can't thank you all enough for your kind words, your urbane wit, your encouragement and support, and the various pats on the back (both literal and figurative). I couldn't do this without you all!

1 comment:

Heather said...

<--seriously impressed!

and I concure.
I am so proud of you!