So Sunday was the end of the month, and unlike many runners who check their mileage religiously, I don’t bother until the last couple of days of the month (and hurray for ending on a Sunday).
On Thursday I was having a great race pace run— well it was great until I heard my knee crack at mile 2. By crack, I could hear it over my headphones and the GW Parkway traffic I was running next to (for those outside the DC area, it is heavy traffic thoroughfare). So I did the smart thing and stopped. Took inventory of my leg, and determined I didn’t tear anything (or at least it didn’t hurt badly). Started to do my race walking practice heading back home and even was able to throw in a 1/4 mile of running, but I could tell my knee wasn’t 100%. It was depressing because I had just started to make some progress in pace and distance and now I was starting to worry that I was going to have to take time off (because we all know I ALWAYS look on the bright side (if you are new to the this blog, I pretty much NEVER look at the bright side. In fact there are usually dark shadows in my version of the bright side)).
Well fortunately my knee held in for a 5 miler on Saturday which brings me to the point of this post (yes, my post sometime have points (some even bonus points)).
So Sunday I look at my monthly stats on how far I have run. Now when I started running, we kept track of our mileage on stone tablets, and you really had to hope that you didn’t cross up which tablet you were supposed to be chiseling on (and how often do you see chiseling in a running blog). Then came tracking via pen and paper and after that Excel or other spreadsheets. Honestly, I never really tracked my mileage, but Garmin does that for you, so of course I become obsessed with the stats.
I joked on Twitter that I was going for a “9.42 mile run
#endofmonth #garminizing“. Then I had to explain that it would make an even hundred for the month (and in reality I only needed 8.32, but 9.42 sounded funnier). Now typically I don’t get too hung up over monthly mileage, but I have only done a hundred a couple of times, so I wanted to make sure I got over a 100.
I put on my hydration pack and did a warm up run over to Crystal City where I start on the Mount Vernon Trail (and take all my Crystal City pre-run photos that are my Instagram account). It was a warm and humid day, but the run went well until around mile 7 when my left ankle seized up (I have issues with my Peroneal tendon among other ankle issues). Then the right ankle seized up with the same problem. Well that brought me to a dead stop. I hobbled over to the grass and fell on the grass. After about 15 minutes of massaging the areas and drinking water like it was the last drops on earth, I tentatively got up and was able to walk a few feet without pain. I then stepped it up to a slow run and plodded my way back home.
103.09 miles for the month. Hum, wonder if I should have done a extra .01 to make it 100 miles plus a 5K? Or maybe .91 to make it an even 104, or 6.91 to make it an even 110…