Start GPS at 4:20am and go. Immediately both calves feel very tight. Three mile warm up it is. Meet up with Erin about a mile in and do the rest of my warm up miles with her. Legs get a little better, but felt a few twinges in my left calf I didn't like.
I decided to give it a go. First mile, a little fast, but felt better than my warm up. Second mile, closer to pace. We are at 5 miles total now, and my gut says oh hey! I hate you. Happy Friday.
I was livid. I went twice before leaving and this was red flag type feeling. I have to stop completely. I walk to the bathroom about a quarter mile south of Fullerton by the beach. Locked of course.
At this point, I turn off my GPS as I know the next 5 miles home could majorly suck and I don't want to hear it beeping at me. After stopping for a couple minutes, my stomach calmed down, but my legs also tightened up a bit. I jogged a minute and my gut flared up again. Sigh. I tried to think of the closest places to use a bathroom at this hour, or how late I would get home if I simply walked. I thought of the bathrooms just south of Belmont and prayed. I made it there, jiggled the door handle and...
OPEN! THANK YOU!! I run to the stall... and also through a spider web, gross.
Some time later, I exit feeling relieved, but also know I have to deal with my second issue. Leg tightness. Mentally I am freaking out this run as to everything that is feeling wrong. Every part of my legs are taking turns saying something bad to me. I just want to get home. I manage to pull a slow jog together and trot on home. All I can think is - how much time off will I need? How much of a fluke was this run?
I made it home, doing about 10.5 miles, i just guessed at my total moving time. And as I type this I realize I forgot to pack any food last night (I'm on the bus). Lovely.
But not to have a post completely be negative, let us look at the bright side.
- I got to see both the stars ( I love following Orion through the season) and the sunrise
- I got to run with a friend
- I can knock out 10 miles and not even feel tired.
- My kid scowls
Now to rest up and think more about recovering than my run tomorrow.
Have a great day!