Monday, December 7, 2009

11 Mile Run - Good, Bad, Ugly

I decided to give my shin an extra days rest and run on Sunday instead of Saturday. I knew that there would be some sacrifices to the extra day as I was taking a short weekend trip to Flagstaff, AZ. The same 7,000 ft of elevation, uber cold Flagstaff that you may have heard of. Turns out, not all of Phoenix is the desert. Who knew?!

I traded 50 and sunny to 20 and windy. Score. My run in Flagstaff can be classified into three categories: The good, the bad, and the very very ugly.

The good:
  • No.shin.splints. I am now almost certain that it was the busted up hotel treadmill that did me in before. I felt only a slight twinge when I started and no pain after that.
  • While out on the run, I ran by a hospital (more on that later). It was a short single story hospital, and before I knew it I heard the whine of a helicopter taking off. I stopped running and got to see life-flight take off! It was so close to me that I felt the wind off of its rotors. Hopefully it was just going for a tax payer funding test run and that no one was actually hurt.
  • I got to see snow!! Unfortunately, below is the best example - the shady side of a fence. Fail. Here are two of my cousins playing in it:

The bad:
  • 7,000 feet!? Who thought that it would be a good idea to put a city up that high? Since the oxygen level in the air goes from 21% at sea level to ~16%, I was immediately puffing from the start. I tried to slow down but that didn't seem to help. Ultimately, I was forced to shuffle along running two miles and walking a bit to catch my breath.
  • The run was COLD. Around 20 degrees. But, I'll admit, it did make me feel like a bit of a bad ass all bundled up on my top but still wearing shorts.
  • To add insult to injury, when I had only two miles left I had to wait a full 4 minutes for what seemed like the longest train in history! I am nearly positive I even saw some of the boxcar children go by.

The ugly:
  • I paid a quick visit to the same emergency room where I watched the helicopter.
  • I didn't visit the hospital because I was injured. Oh no. It was because I thought that I was going to lay a golden egg! I had felt a slight rumble in my stomach about half way through my run, and I knew that I was going to have to take it VERY easy with even more frequent walk breaks or else I would need to 'make my mark' in the bushes somewhere. Unfortunately, I had to walk a lot, fortunately, I didn't shat myself. So, I have that going for me....which is nice.


The Sean said...

Gotta love Flagstaff, the altitude is good for you. Just remember the water:) Already at 11 mile runs again. It's coming back to you!

Pat said...

I've heard about the trains in Flag. There's probably lots of snow up there now. What's up with your comments? They're hard to read.

Morgan said...

The Boxcar Children! OMG! LMAO! Great LR recap! Glad you made it to the bathroom...

Believe said...

LOL. Well, I'm glad you didn't leave your mark, then ;)

RunnuRMark said...

Since when do you need to breathe during a run? Come on, suck it up, Sally. Good job pinching the O ring though...crapping myself during a run has always been a fear of mine. I'd end up a youtube legend like this guy

Ace said...

Seriously. That hotel should give you permanent upgrades for putting forth that death trap (shin splint trap) of a treadmill. This is an epidemic. I think I need to start a 501c to attack this problem... :)

sRod said...

Awesome Boxcar children reference!