Wednesday, October 07, 2009

From the 2008 Running Log: April

April 2, 2008
8 miles / ave pace 7:53 / hr ave 151, 171 max / Equestrian Loop

Slept in… didn't dare leave Yahoo #2 (nightmares) with Spouse [in his current condition]. Went later by myself. Good mind-clearing run.

April 4, 2008
14.5 miles in 1:55 / ave pace 8:03 / hr ave 150, 170 max / Alpine Figure 8 + Temple loop

Decided to do long run today for various reasons. "E" couldn't go Saturday and I wasn't up for the gang - that and I couldn't be gone that long. We did a 4 mile tempo.

April 5, 2008
6 miles on treadmill

Very theraputic. I must work hard at not getting discouraged about everything.

April 7, 2008
10 miles in 1:22 / ave pace 8:10 / hr 151, 167 / AF Canyon Loop

Good run. Doctor appointment today to see if Spouse will have surgery.

April 8, 2008
7 miles on treadmill

Spouse had surgery today. They said it'd be about 4-6 hours, so I found a Gold's Gym nearby and pounded out the tension and anxiety. Did 3 miles at 6:54 pace with 2 mile warm up and 2 mile cool down.

April 9, 2008
10 miles in 1:20 / ave pace 7:54 / hr 151, 174 / Provo Bench Loop

Mom took the kids and we all slept at her house. Thankfully I was able to get a run in before the Rodeo of Pain happened to Spouse later. Would take two days off for exhaustion (and I'm not even the one with the pain).

April 12, 2008
11.5 in 1:28 / ave pace 1:41 / hr 159, 181 / Temple Loop

Great run! Started out sobbing but everything turned out great. Did a 3 mile tempo, 6:27, 6:43, 6:47. Talked to Spouse and we decided I'd still go to Boston if we could find people to come stay here. I feel selfish.

April 14, 2008
8.5 in 1:08 / ave pace 8:03 / hr 138, 164 / Equestrian Loop

I'm going to Boston. Didn't know for sure if I could go but it looks like I'll be able to go. Spouse is doing so much better today. Ran with "E"; both of us were pretty tired. We took it easy most of the run, but did a few pickups and a couple of miles with a bit more effort.

April 19, 2008
Flew to Boston.


April 20, 2008
Walked all over Tarnation.Watched the Women's Olympic Trial Marathon.

There's a Subway in Tarnation

Women's Olympic Trial Marathon

Is that Deena Kastor!?

Sho 'nuf!

April 21, 2008
26.2 in 3:23 / ave pace 7:47 / hr 157, 176 max / Boston Marathon

Yipee! Will write more later. Okay it's later. I had the best time in the race. It felt easier than most. I'm starting to believe that I don't need a hundred 20+ milers to do well in a marathon. The trip was fun too. I did blister up pretty good though. Lost milimeters of skin on the ball and pinky of my left foot. Couldn't wear a shoe. The pinky toenail went bye-bye too. Hurt like hell in the airplane on the way home. Hillene wanted me to get a wheelchair during the layover in Denver, but you know, Spouse is in a wheelchair and we can't have two in a wheelchair. I freaked out on her. Then the pain was so bad I had to lay on the floor in the airport with my foot elevated. How the heck does Spouse handle two crushed heels? Then I begged Hillene to just cut off my foot and be done with it. Yes. That bad. Pressure is bad. Hillene said no, let's pop it and tried to do so with an earring. Sadly, the earring was too blunt. Hillene disappeared on me for a while and returned with the on-call medic for the airport, in the which she rudely interrupted his date with a hunting show. Deer? Elk? Can't remember. He took us to his little office full of medical supplies. Handed her a needle and she poked. I've never felt relief like that in all of my days. Hunter-crazed medic wasn't much help. Made Hillene do all the work while he watched his huntin' show. Note to self: Don't have a heart attack at the Denver airport.

Wish I could remember what I said here...

Or What Was Said Here

The Light of My Running Life, Hillene...

... Can Get Grown Men to Wear Makeup

... Can Also Carry Lots of Bags

Advice from a statue.

Duck Boat Tour
We Have Matching Jackets!

Blister from Hades

Can't wear a shoe
(Rocking chairs at the Boston Airport!?

"Lay"over in Denver

What was poor Spouse doing? While I was away?

Loads of this...

Except at Home
(OH! How I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy... not even Hitler)
(Okay, I'd Wish It On Hitler)

Seven (7) Spouse Sitters were needed for me to go. Here's a segment of the document left for Spouse Sitters.

General notes:

- Spouse will need water with ice on occasion, 1 tsp metamucel in a glass of water at breakfast, quiet words of encouragement, a joke a day, and plenty of redneck porn.

- Clothes for Spouse are on the dresser… he should be able to get himself dressed. He might need a sponge bath (which he can do himself, unless of course you want to help). He should also be able to brush his teeth, etc.

- Yahoo #1 is responsible for emptying Spouse's pot and urinal. Rubber gloves under bathroom sink.

- You don’t have to be there the whole time… maybe just meals and check to make sure everything is okay.

- Yahoo #1 will go to school at 9:00.

- Yahoo #2 will go to school at 9:25 on Tuesday

- If you have any questions, call me or ask Spouse. He knows where most things are and can crawl now!


meg said...

You did this post for me. And if you didn't, I'm going to say you did anyhow. It's exactly the entertainment I needed.

Is Spouse doing prone yoga?

Staci said...

I wanna go. I wanna go. Let's get me babyless because I wanna go! (Ok, I still want the baby but let's get him to grow up.) Sadly, I just remembered that you have to qualify for Boston which means it will be a year and a half before I get to go. That is, if I can qualify again.

PS Aren't you glad that you've past that point?

PPS Is that really just a blister? It looks like your blood forgot to stay underneath your skin.

Winder said...

Wow! The memories what an adventure in your life!