Guest Blogger Courtney Alev
On Friday, I was primed to have The Most Awesomest Run Ever.
I had the day off because it was my birthday on Saturday (belated gifts appreciated!) and I hadn’t done a long run in a while… since the Big Sur Marathon, to be exact. I’ve been a little achy-and-painy and so I’ve been doing more biking and cross training to give my joints some recovery time. But I plan on completing the 26.2 miles at the SF Marathon, which is rapidly approaching, so I figured I would set out for a nice long, slow run. Ten miles minimum, thirteen miles would be nice, option to go fifteen-sixteen, no problem. I put on my cutest running outfit, filled my Camelbak (not a lot of water in the Presidio, after all!) and headed out for what was sure to be an easy long run of epic proportions.
All was going well until mile 0.4. Yes, the first four-tenths of a mile was great. Then I got a cramp. A really bad one in my side. Ow! Breathing got harder. I vowed to fight through the cramp and show it who was boss. Didn’t it know I was going on an Amazing Run today?
I made it to mile 2.05. There I crawled onto the side of the road and died. Okay, not really – but I did not feel 100%. My cramp was nothing serious physically, but it was DEFINITELY cramping my long run style. I vowed to keep trying and headed out of Golden Gate Park towards the Presidio. At mile 2.4 I was hit with a gust so hard that it blew my hat right off – which had previously been firmly anchored […]