It was a record-breaking 101 degrees F today. Despite the quad strain, I knew I had to get in some running. I waited until the heat of the afternoon and took off down the Centennial Trail. I normally run on the country roads through the Palouse, but I wasn't confident in the leg or with my water supply. I knew I could get wet in the Spokane River along which the Centennial Trail runs if I needed. I also planned on running to the Idaho border, and there was a gas station where I could buy some Gatorade and get some ice.
The first mile was painful on the quad/ITB. It then "loosened up" a bit and I kept running, wise or unwise, I'd figured I'd just find out later. It was HOT. I had to soak my shirt and head in the River a couple of times and even the river water was only cool, certainly not cold. I slowly made my way to the state line and by 11 miles out, I had already run out of the 100 ounces of fluids I was carrying! So, I made my way to the gas station, only to realize I left my wallet in the car! Bummer! So, I just smiled nicely at the gas station guy and he let me fill up my bottles and bladder with ice water. Thank you!
I turned around at the state line and headed back. It was a little cooler on the way back so I picked up the pace. I felt my leg every step but it didn't feel any worse for the wear, so I kept on. It turned out to be a pretty slow 23 or 24 miles but that's ok; I was just out there for time on my feet in the heat.
The quad is sore now, but certainly not any worse than before the run, so it was wise to get in the miles. I'm satisfied.
The other thing I must mention (again) is how lucky I am to have such a fabulous support group of friends and family and even medical providers. Both my brothers and my mom are just so wonderful! And my friends....they are just the best. My massage therapist Garrick Thompson, my chiropractor Gina Wolf, and my physical therapist Larry Ham have all been incredibly generous, flexible, and supportive in getting me to the start line of Badwater. I am so grateful for all the loving and caring people in my life. I'm truly blessed, and friends....you know who you are....so THANK YOU! I really love you all!
Badwater is just 2-1/2 weeks away. Prediction has it, it's gonna be a SCORCHER! I'm all for that!
Locusts: Part Two
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