Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hey Karen, slow down!

Lisa, Karen & Pat run so much we have our own sign.

Mile 1251, Chandler, AZ - I knew I wasn't ready to race today. I've run less than 5 miles in the past two weeks since the marathon. My heel was feeling better, but my left knee was a bit swollen. I didn't want to spend $20 on a 5k, so I skipped the "Run for the Islands" and met Lisa and Karen at Tumbleweed Park for a long run.

No, I wouldn't have picked a 10 miler. But, that's what we did. Five miles out, five back. The first 6-7 miles were fine. We were doing a 5 minute run/1 minute walk and around an 11 minute running pace. It was a good workout. Until.

The last few miles. Karen ate some shot bloks and took off. It was like jet fuel. She looked really good. Karen was right behind her and both of them were afraid to look back at me. I was trailing. Dragging. No way was I going to keep up with them. I asked for a shot blok from Karen. She said they were a bit hard, since she left the bag open. I think she left it open in the freezer. At the end I was walking and Karen even doubled back to give me a push. She could have run on. I could have layed down on the concrete and taken a nap. Which is what I did when I got back to the hacienda. 3+ hours of sleep for my tired body.

Walk (Run) Across Arizona

It all starts tomorrow. We have two teams and are competing in Maricopa county against 138 other teams. Each of our teams are planning to run or walk over 2000 miles. That's almost 5 times across Arizona.

Here's the teams:
BlogWalkRun - Pat's Team

Pat from Arizona
Cheryl from Maine
Jeff from Maryland
Erick from Arizona
Karen from Arizona
Katie R from Maryland
Lisa from Arizona.
BlogWalkRun - Amy's Team
Amy from Arizona
Carolyn from Arizona
Robbie from Missouri
Ranae from Virginia
Taryn from Arizona
Katie B from Arizona
Ken from Michigan
Beverly from Texas

Not only will we have a little competition among our two teams, but hopefully we can fair well against the rest of the teams.

Hillary Clinton - I just got a call. The caller ID said Hillary Clinton, so I answered, "Hello Hillary!". There was a pause. Then a lady introduces herself and said she was calling for Hillary. I said, "I thought it was Hillary." She laughed, but I think I threw her for a loop.


Pokey said...

Awww, Pat - you were awesome!!! We probably shouldn't have let you go 10 miles - your body is still in serious recovery mode.

Sorry if I was a PITA today - I was just too excited that my legs held up. Next time I will have plenty of FRESH crack ~ I mean, SHOT BLOKS ~ to keep us all moving!

You are great - thanks for putting up with us this morning. Now REST this week....Lisa wants to drag us both for 11 next weekend ;)

Cheryl said...

Wow, ten miles -- you guys are awesome! Even if you did fade towards the end, still great.

That's hilarious about the Hillary phone call. I'll have to remember that next time I get one of those.

Can't wait to start truckin across your fair state tomorrow!

Firefly's Running said...

Nice job on the 10 miler.

J~mom said...

WOOT WOOT! You did great today Pat!! What a trooper you were to hang in for the full 10! I am glad you got a nap and I hope that you get lots of rest his week!

Thanks so much for being part of our group!


Jeff said...

Wow, can't believe you headed out for 10 miles like that. Nice runs, all.

Pat -- thanks for organizing the run. Can't wait to get started tomorrow.

Irene said...

Which flavor Shot Bloks did you use? I've been hearing good things a bout the margarita flavor because it has more salt than the other flavors. I've only tried them onece before but I coudn't tell if they actually made a difference, and the flavor wasn't margarita.

Sound like you had a well deserved siesta! Take care of that knee!

Pat said...

I like shot bloks but they take up a lot of space. Margarita, not so much. Pokey had brick flavor today. They were so dried out they no longer had a flavor. But, they did wonders for her.

K80K said...

I don't think I could have done a 10 miler this close to having finished a marathon. I was very proud of the 6 I got in. Whew!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh my, don't let those girls wear you out. (hee hee, that sound pretty funny).

LOVE LOVE LOVE that sign.