The place where I work sells horses and the bulk of our selling happens this time of year. I normally have a laptop in one hand and a briefcase in another but sometimes I just can't stand to be locked up in a barn tack room office so I meander down the shed row and take the soon-to-be race horses from the help and love on them. They all have really different personalities so it doesn't take me long to find a favorite.
It's non stop paperwork for at least 2 weeks on end. You might wonder why?? I mean, it's only an animal but ....
some of these animals are worth A LOT of money.
And since only so many people in America can afford horses like this, the odds are, some of them are pretty famous. Like this guy...
Mr. Red Solo Cup himself
The cool part is that no one was around. Just he and his friends over by the x-ray room. Toby was pretty quiet but his friends were super chatty. Loud, chatty with big laughs. Kinda like me. We talked for a little while and then I told him I would take him hostage if he didn't pose for a picture...then it was back to work for me. I heard my golf cart driver say that she had seen Kenny Chesney the day before. There were some other people around too like Terry Bradshaw, that NFL football guy and some others but it's really tough to pick people out when you're in the setting we're in. I wouldn't have noticed Toby Keith if it wasn't for the fact that I was in a room with just he and 2 of his friends.
Anyway, on the running front. Terrible, terrible, terrible. My body is begging me to shut it down.
I'm trying to get ready for Chicago and the runs are becoming more painful. This 15 miler was the re-introduction of IT Band syndrome into my life. At mile 11 it set my right hip on fire, followed by right knee pain, followed by nasty plantar fasciatis of the type which I've never experienced before. With that said, for yesterdays 17 miler, I went back to wearing my knee strap and doing run / walk segments. The knee was fine but the right foot got pretty ouchy underneath. Despite the foot pain, it went a heck of a lot better than the 15 miles the weekend before. All of this has made me so cranky. Yeah, I know I need to rest, I know that Ironman has taken it's toll but I have to get through Chicago, Period.
In the bigger picture, there's only one question to be asked? Can I be at peace with the fact that I might have to run / walk every single marathon I do? Plus having to wear that sucky knee strap? After 5 marathons, it's the only way I can get through one without having pain in my knee. I wish someone could explain to me how I can average 8 minute miles for a 10 miler but the second I hit 15-17, every known ailment known to runnerkind folds me up like a garage sale lawn chair? Could I be built this poorly?
And for all those wondering... yes, I foam roll, ice, stretch, physical therapy, new shoes and everything else that costs a fortune but has yet to help to fix anything.
I might sound jaded but I think maybe I'm just here in the in between waiting to finally reconcile with the fact that this is what running will be for me if I'm to still enjoy the marathon. Because I still have like 4 of them on my bucket list to go and I'm not going to stop if I can still run a sub 5 even while run / walking. Just no limping please.