A recap of my run today:
Leaving the house:
What a great day, I feel all bouncy and happy and runner-y
Oh, well...it's a wee bit windy! That's okay, it's such a nice day!
Wow, it's really windy! Look at the tops of all those big trees...they sure are blowing around. Good thing I'm going downhill! Lalalalalala
Why have I never run this route before? It's so pretty! Also nice and flat with a clearly marked bike lane! Lalalalalala
Uphill is so much nicer with a tailwind. This hill isn't so bad at all! Hmmm...those trees are a little worrying...still blowing around quite a bit.
AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGHHHHHH!!!!! OH GOD THE WIND MAKE IT STOP MAKEITSTOPMAKEITSTOP. OW!!! OWOHMYGOD OH.MY.GOD. WHERE IS THE TURN?!?! WHERE IS IT?!? I'M BLIND! I CAN'T SEE ANYMORE! AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!
Ok. Crosswind still sucks, but better than headwind. I can do this. After the next turn it is downhill all the way. Just keep swimming just keep swimming just keep swimming....
OHMYGODNOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I WANT MY MOMMY!!! I HATE MY LIFE!!!! WHY, UNIVERSE, WHY?!?!!? WHAT HAVE I DONE TO OFFEND YOU SO?!?!? I'M A NICE PERSON!!! I PAY MY TAXES AND TRY REALLY HARD NOT TO KICK KITTENS!!! WHYYYYY?
It's okay (gasp). It's okay (wheeze). Just 2 little miles. 2 miles. It's nothing. There's a downhill! See! Oh, ow, downhill is not my frieeeeeeeeeeend. Hey, 2:26 isn't so bad for 13.1. I can do this. It'll be okay. Just 1.6 little miles. It's a tailwind now! See?
OHMYGODIT'SNOTATAILWIND. i'm going to cry. DON'T CRY SISSY PANTS, JUST POWER THROUGHITPOWERTHROUGHIT JUST DO THIS YOU PANSY-ASS MOTHERSMURFER!!
Fuck this. I gotta pee.
And there you have it. I finished the 14.1 in 2:38. At the 10 mile mark I was on pace to do 15 in 2:40. The demon wind killed it. I'm certain I looked like some kind of crazed mime to anyone driving by. Mile 10 took 13:58. That is madness.
Part of me thinks I should have just finished the 15, even if I had to walk it. The other part of me was in so much pain from hunching into a driving headwind that I wanted to lay down in the road. My head hurts from squinting into the sandstorm that is a driving headwind after a huge snowfall melts.
Regardless, I ran farther today than I have ever run before. I'm starting to think I can do this marathon thing, because I really did feel great until the wind smacked me down at mile 10.
And now? I'm going to have pie.