so... to make sense of this post, i'm going to have to have a little TMI disclaimer. if you can't handle the words bladder and infection used together, stop reading here. i had [have, really - still taking antibiotics for it] a bladder infection last week. the reason i really figured out that i had it was because it hurt to run last monday morning. anyway, i will spare you more details there. but i will do a little plug for those azo pills, those bad boys are genius for a UTI. last wednesday was the only good run i had all week & it was because i was on the azo pills, which numb the bladder. i didn't take one saturday morning. big mistake.
i was hyped up saturday morning. beyond excited. borderline spastic if you will. that should've been good, but as soon as the race started and my phone/ipod started not working right, i blew a frustration fuse and basically never recovered. i handed off my phone to liz because she had pockets. and then i fell behind and was left the whole rest of the race without music. my own fault. my nike plus app wasn't working either and i got mad at that. i don't know why it mattered - i knew the distance i was running... but i wanted it logged. and when it didn't happen, boom... mental failure.
then almost immediately it hurt to run. every step i took felt like i was going to pee my pants i had to go so bad. in reality, i knew i didn't need to go, it was just the pressure. so i would run in spurts to keep going, but eventually would have to walk and recover. plus, i hadn't run outside before... my lower calves and shins hurt - the beginning of the race was a pretty steady incline. those were just rookie/beginner problems that i might've been able to overcome. but - with the back pain that i've dealt with in recent months, and shin splint problems - i wasn't where i had originally wanted to be, which was done with training 2 weeks ago. i would've spent these last two weeks doing practice runs. as it was, i only did them on the treadmill... and i can see where that extra training would've helped. a lot.
i "ran" with liz and meeja. except i was way behind them & they finished in respectable time. garrett walked with mikey, sam, deanne, madeline, bradley, emity and tiffanie.
so i had a mental failure early on. i was in pain and a little sick. i walked about half of the time. it didn't go as planned. but - i loved it. it was an awesome learning experience. i will do another. i will keep training. and next time, i won't bother with my phone, i'll take the little nano ipod that we have and clip it to my bra and just go. i am going to start training outside, too. at least once a week. i will keep running on the treadmill, too - that was the whole goal in the beginning - to just be able to get on the treadmill and run for about a half hour/45 minutes while i watch a show on the ipad. races have become an added bonus of fun.