Week 13 was an important week in my Marathon Training. The dreaded 20 miler was on the agenda.
I planned to meet my friend Molly on Sunday for my first 20 miler ever after a very emotionally/trying/wonderful week with my brother. He is doing awesome and I am grateful and thankful.
My brother started running after he saw me running, and running is responsible for him going forward with further testing. You see, my brother's heart is strong and healthy, thankfully, so when his running was labored he decided to do a stress test, which with a healthy heart did not indicate any problem.
He continued to run and feel tired very early during his runs, he continued to feel the weird sensation in his arm and therefore insisted on further testing. Which he did, and this is where they found 3 arteries blocked.
He was under the best care, in the best facility and with the best doctor. He was a star patient and everything went beautifully. Again, I am thankful.
I managed to keep up with my training despite spending my days at the hospital and the altitude of Bogota.
I arrived back to Charlotte almost at midnight and almost didn't make it to my 5K race. I was tired and sleepy, fortunately I did arrive and ran the race, AND loved it! I missed being 3rd in Age Group for 20 seconds. I was upset! (Not really, but it would have been nice to have won).
I was busy all afternoon and headed to a surprise party. So basically I did everything I wasn't supposed to do the day before a 20 miler.
Went to bed late. Check.
Ate late. Check.
Ate wrong things. Check.
Had fun. Double Check.
Sunday came sooner than expected. But as coordinated, I headed over to Molly's house and ran 4 by myself and finished the final 16 with Molly.
I felt strong throughout my run. We did walk some due to some challenging hills. I ended my run happy. I actually had a glimpse of what a marathon distance feels like.
Running Recap -
Tuesday - 5 miles
Wednesday - 8 miles. 8 hilly miles.
Thursday - 5 slow miles.
Saturday - Greekfest 5K
Sunday - My first 20 miler!!!
Thankful for the support of my friends and the running community.
... a dopo ... J