5 miles!

Ohemgee. Tonight I had the most amazing run EVAR. Well, as amazing as it can be to run around in circles. I was dreading this run ALL DAY. When I got home from work, I even considered bailing on the run all together. Then I started thinking about how close I am to my 100mi goal. That was enough to guilt me into heading to the Pettit to run laps. It was very cold in there tonight, perfect running weather (indoors ha).

I went with the intention of doing 3 miles and calling it quits. But I got into a groove in the first half mile. I was in the zone. Left. Right. Left. Right. So after the first mile I decided I would go for 4 miles tonight.

As I approached 3mi, I realized I hadn’t yet seen my favorite Pettit walker – the #shakeweightlady*. Seriously, I love her. I was getting worried that I hadn’t yet seen her and told myself that I’d quit at 4 unless I saw her. If I saw her I would go for 5mi. Even thought the farthest I’ve ever ran without walking was 3.5 mi and that was on Saturday.

As I approached the 14th lap, guess who I saw?

The #shakeweightlady, wearing 80s floral hammer pants. I kid you not. It was a sign if I’ve ever seen one. So I powered on and rocked out 5 miles, doing negative splits for the last 2 laps. Fuck yeah.

Achievement, unlocked.

See also: long run for the week, complete.

* Background on #shakeweightlady: I see her just about EVERY time I run at the Pettit on a weeknight. She wears shape ups and carries not one, but two shakeweights as she walks around the track. Sometimes she holds them up above her head and shakes them. She kind of dresses like a trashy homeless person from the 80s. Lately, her attire of choice has included “juicy” sweats plus a tea-length stonewashed denim jacket. She has also upgraded from the women’s shakeweight to the men’s version. Here are a couple of pictures from when I saw her in April:

Race Recap: FitMKE Indoor Marathon Relay

Miles: 4.3 Time: 57:22 Pace: 13:20

You guysssss. Look at my pace! I have never, ever had that kind of pace for anything longer than a mile. I’m still smiling BIG about this! First of all, I had the best team evar. Agustin J S. Emily K.(my sis) & Jessica G. = FitMKE: Fartleks. We had awesome white sweatbands with our team name on them (which actually made it easier to spot each other on the track). For those of you not familiar, the Indoor Marathon Relay consisted of 104 teams of 3-4 people each who combined had to run 26.2 miles around a track at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Each lap was .275 miles and teams could decide how to split the laps. Our philosophy was “run til you don’t want to/can’t run any more” and then we’d switch runners.

Going into the race, I was nervous. I just started running again at the end of December and I’ve been doing a run/walk interval in training because I am recovering from some injuries and trying to build up my stamina again – stupid asthma. I felt good but wanted to be smart and only did about 4.25 laps the first leg… then I did 8… followed by 3. Thanks to my awesome teammates for picking up some extra mileage as my foot/lungs couldn’t have accomplished much more than what I did. It’s cold at the Pettit (duh, ice rinks) and my lungs were burning. Major thanks to Katy who on two occasions slowed down her pace to run with me. She pushed me to run 3.5 laps without stopping to walk. That’s the farthest I’ve run without walking since the summer!!! (again, thanks injuries).

It was such a great experience and I’m so lucky to have been there with all my running and #fitmke and Team Challenge friends. Today I felt so blessed and lucky to have you all in my life. You cheered for me, pushed me, slapped my ass while running past (thanks Krista), and kept me motivated to kick ass. I want to tag you all but I know I’ll leave someone out, so just know you all rocked my world today. Before we started the race, I estimated our team would finish in about 5 hours. Our official time was 5:04:45, for a team pace of 11:39.

Oh, and to the 12 year old girl who passed me on one of my laps, I apologize for saying “f*ck you” and flipping you off with both hands. I’m pretty sure you didn’t hear me but, you know, just in case you did, my apologies.

Splits: 16:02 (1.16mi) 29:06 (2.2mi) 12:14 (.825mi)