Saturday, August 22, 2009
13 mile long run... UGH...
We had a huge thunderstorm this morning around 4 am, extending my streak to 5 days, oh sorry thats the streak of days where I have woken up around 4am and not gotten back to sleep. Didn't help that the thunderstorm was so loud that Shelbi freaked and tried to hide under my bedside table, then me, before finally settling on hiding under the bed itself. But she has always been afraid of thunder, so can I really blame her? Anyway, we got going a bit later than we wanted, starting to run around 7:45 or so, but because of the rain and the continued overcast we didn't pay too dearly for it. We decided to run north on the Mt. Vernon trail, getting to our typical turn around point and deciding that we would rather continue on to get as much in on the northern swing before turning around, in the end deciding to just run 7 miles north, turning around to finish the 13 miles just before we got back to the car at Belle Haven. Felt really tight and tired again, so it was quite a tough run, with me having to stop and stretch a couple times along the way. Either way though, we finished and kept the pace around 8:30 min/mile, finishing miles in 8:33, 8:11, 8:27, 8:28, 8:17, 8:25, 8:25, 8:45, 8:28, 8:38, 8:26, 8:22 and then finishing at 8:44. Now, nap time.
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!