|RIP Tony Curtis, we will miss your |
dashing looks and comedic timing!
Around 6.5K, I started crapping out. It was hot, my lips were all dried out and gross and my legs were getting heavy. Also, the sun was just blazing and my skin felt like it was burning under the crust of salt accumulating on my arms, but I kept pushing on. I know from last week I can run 7.5K without too much trouble now, and I wanted to go at least that far again. I started skipping songs on the Ipod looking for the ones I knew could carry me through another 4 minutes.
I thought I had timed it so the big hill I ran down at the beginning of my run would be the end of the 8K and I could walk up the hill as my cool down. I hit this hill just as the Nike Plus cheerfully announced "400 meters!" and I almost quit. I was so hot, so tired, and I just didn't think I could make it up this hill after running 7.5K, but I thought I would give it a try since a sinewy woman in front of me was still chugging along. I started up, and just at the point where I was going to quit, a sweet elderly gentleman on a bike started pacing me and saying "you can do it, you're almost at the top!" I kept shuffling along, still running but barely as he cheered me on. At the 200m to go mark, I gasped "I don't think I can do this" to which he replied "yes, you can! You're young, you can do it!!!.....but I can't, I'm old!" as he hopped off his bike and started walking. Just as he did that, Sinewy Lady also started walking.
I'll be darned if I didn't chug my way to the top of the hill. I was just channeling the Little Engine That Could because I figured if that old timer thought I could do it, then I probably really could. Apparently I'm kinda petty because when I passed Sinewy Lady, I chortled to myself "you may be 5% body fat with zero cellulite, lady, but I'm passing you, mwahahahahaha!" It was a pretty weak finish to my run, and I bet that last 400 meters took as long as the previous km had, but I still ran the entire 8K without walking once, so I'd still say it was a win!
|I guess I could! Yay me!|