I almost just put it off until tomorrow, but tomorrow will be busy so I better get it done! First off, I got a new camera this week. I know you are asking what this has to do with running and also why would I need a new camera? Well, I cannot carry my DSLR for the Princess Half. Trust me, I contemplated it b/c photos are so important to me...but my camera is huge and lugging it for 13.1 miles while I sweat all over it would be idiotic. I'm sure no one has ever run with a dslr. LOL. So, I got myself a little point and shoot.
I tested it out and I'm fairly impressed with the images I can get with it. They need a little editing help, but I edit every shot I take, so it's something I would already do. I can't get the bokeh I'm used to with my Nikon D90, but it will definitely be great for the race. I'm excited to take lots of pics!
It's got pretty good zoom ability too.
I admit I also practiced my Main Street castle shot. I pretended the tree on the wall in the background was the castle. Ignore the messy hair and pj top. I can't be the only insane person that thinks to practice these things, right?! LOL
The big news of the week though is that I ran TEN miles today! Longest run to date, it took me 2 hours and 39 seconds. If you had told me I would run for 2 hours a year ago, I would tell you that you were nuts and my body couldn't sustain that long of a run without injury.
The plan was for Dallas to run the last three miles with me but he wasn't feeling up to it and I admit, I panicked a bit. I gave myself a nice little talking to on the way to the trail I was running on and Rey called and gave me a little pep-talk as well. I'm going to have to run the race alone (well, with 20,000 other runner friends!) so I need to deal with training alone.
I did the run in different directions, out and back, so I could stop at the car for a GU and some water. I ran 3, then 4, then 3. The last 1.5 miles, my BFF dropped her daughter and Savannah off farther down the trail and they walked in my direction. I passed them up and then after turning around, I caught up with them the last .5 miles. It was great to have some support and something to distract me from the PAIN I was in. Savannah kept running & walking ahead of me, it was amusing though b/c she had to hold her jeans up as she ran. They kept falling down. LOL
The last mile was agony. I took a couple walk breaks during the 10 miles, but it didn't really help with my knees, so in the end I just kept going, wanting it to be over. Took a selfie with my running buddies when I finished!
I cannot walk tonight without pain. My right knee is killing me. I've iced and taken probably too much Ibuprophen and Aleve. It is a bit better than it was a couple hours ago, so I'm hoping I'll be ok tomorrow? I have to work, which means being able to walk. Ahem.
Sooooo, talk to me about taping. I have some KT tape, will it help to tape it up when I run long runs? Has it helped you? Would it help it NOW if I taped it or just during the run? Is this just something I have to work through? Will the pain go away the more long runs I get in?
I keep thinking the longer the run gets the more confident I will become but yet each time I am actually more worried that I'm going to be getting pushed around in a wheelchair after the race b/c I will end up injured. I know worrying won't help, but will freaking out help cause that's kinda what I'm doing. ;)