Holy cow! Where to start? I’m not even sure where the beginning really is on this one. Is it months ago when I met with the folks from Team Up With Autism Speaks? Is the when I began leading a training group every Sunday morning 10 weeks ago? Is it last Saturday night when I got up in front of 220 Team Up Runners at the pre-race dinner for a pep talk? The whole thing is just a little overwhelming, so maybe I’ll start in the middle.
I could feel the pain coming on.
You know, that little wet, burning feeling. I don’t know where it happens for you, but blisters almost always start either just above my heel or near the front of my arch. I had committed the cardinal sin in road racing – wearing footwear for the first time in an endurance event. Last Wednesday or Thursday I had completely grossed myself out with my old Bikila’s. They smelled so freaking bad and that was AFTER I had sent them through the washing machine…TWICE! It was time for new ones, and considering that I would be pacing my dear friend Jersey during the race, I didn’t want her to have to deal with my smelly shoes. So, I went and bought a new pair; and then they sat for 4 days.
Yeah, I know, brilliant!
And so it was just a couple of miles in that I started to feel it coming on. I tried to ignore it. I tried to focus on my Garmin. My friends Doug (from Really Not A Runner – even though he is) and Sassy had joined Jersey and I and my primary goal was to get Jersey to the finish line at just under 2:00. We were clipping along at 9:00/mile pace, which translates to about a 1:58 half.
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