15 was the plan and I didn’t quite make it (I did 14.30 miles) due to several factors but I’m OK with that. I broke 13.1 and that is what I was most concerned about.
The first 4 miles felt easy except that I really really had to pee so I was very distracted looking for somewhere to go- I even considered ducking into bushes but just couldn’t do it- I ended up at Mickey D’s in Kerrisdale- fine. Clean, didn’t have to ask anyone for a key, a quick in and out.
I decided to continue down 41st Ave for a change in scenery and was still feeling very strong going up Camosun and along 29th until I passed mile 7 and there it was, the hip/knee pain. Damn. I decided that I could make it go away, I would summon up all the positive hippy dippy methods I could think of and make it go away. The first thing I did was I started chanting under my breath, “I’m gunna run a ma-ra-thon” That and a 2 minute walk break got me another mile, then I “drew out the pain” (with my hands, like I was pulling it out) and tossed it at the side of the road (couldn’t care less what passing motorist’s were thinking…”) again that got me another mile with a walk break in there, then I focused on my glutes and making them do all the work, again that got me to the next walk break- and then miraculously, the pain diminished- it didn’t disappear per se but I really felt I had worked through it, I even was able to pick up the pace a bit. I didn’t feel like I could go on much farther when I reached home and somehow when I modified my route for my pit stop and then got focused on getting rid of the pain I was only at 14.30 when I had “finished” so decided to call it a run.
Overall I’m happy with it. It will be interesting to see what happens with the new shoes I plan on getting on Monday or Tuesday. I’m still trying to figure out how to “jig” the schedule so I feel caught up. I have a 4 mile from this week that I must do tomorrow to get my mileage in- which might be a good thing in terms of making up the long run miles.