13-15 November 2012
This week we trained our replacements and it was a looong week. My runs were short but I was really tired. I wasn’t eating enough this week because I was focusing on the work training. Some of the nights were long and the mornings were early. I had to run early and it is very chilly now since the season has changed. It is in the 50s sometimes and the winds have been picking up. I would say that I was glad I was leaving but the weather where I am going is much colder. So, I will have to get use to that also.
I have been having a new ailment now that my mileage is higher. When I am in the 9-10 mile range my arch on my right foot starts to ache and then it’s like a pain. I’m not sure if it is plantar fasciitis because it only bothers me when I run. If I stop so does the aching. It is an annoying ache right on my arch. What is strange is if I scrunch my toes while I am running the ache goes away. Obviously I can’t run for 10, 12, 15 miles with my toes scrunched but it does feel better! My roommate had it and she said she had to wear a boot for a week and then it went away. As soon as I get home I will get one before it gets worse bad. I didn’t come this far to be sidelined by a minor ache. So besides the aching every other aspect of the run is wonderful. My pace is now dead on and I firmly believe I am reading my body and know what pace I am at. As soon as I start to breathe out of my mouth I am running in the 8s and the Garmin confirms that. In the 9s I am just breathing out of my nose. Once the nasal strips get here I will run a little fast because I can suck more air. I love…love those nasal strips. I might not like them in the 30-40 degree New England temperatures but I am sure I will adjust. My last short run was the 8 mile pace and it was smooth. The sun was behind the clouds and the breeze was minimal. I ran the 7 miles around the airfield and then one extra mile. I was listening to the Beach Boys and I finished the last mile with a smile. Guess not much else to say.
Last run in Kuwait. Friday, 16 November 2012
I have no glorious stories of my last run in Kuwait. It was cold as heck and the breeze was stiff. I ran 13 miles and my foot hurt at mile 10 and for the next 3 miles I had to modify my run. Luckily I have been doing this a while so I was able to have some other muscles take over as I changed my pace and stride. I guess I should comment on how this deployment has enabled me to train for a marathon because I don’t have the responsibilities here that I would have at home. Even though this was a terrible experience because of the job and people I worked with I can truly say that the best part of this was training. I pushed myself farther than I ever have in my life and I do have the feeling that with training I can really accomplish things. I am extremely excited to get home and continue my training and be prepared to run my best in the marathon. I noticed that I have less than 60 days to Disney. I believe I will slow down and really enjoy my experience.
I leave Kuwait tomorrow and will be in Fort Benning, Georgia sometime on Sunday. I plan on running in the evening once all the classes and other stuff is over. I will start to write in this blog Monday night.
This is my last running sunrise. This big beautiful sun greeted me on every morning’s run. It made me mad at times because it is so bright that it can be blinding..but it was beautiful.