Posted by: Chuck Farley | April 7, 2008

Day 92

Day 92 – 22 Miles:  Got out of church and hit the road at 1:09PM.  It was a beautiful day in the mid sixties when I left the house.  It was the first time I have run with an i-pod.  If figured 21 miles might get a little boring with out anyone to talk to.  I was nice runing in just shorts and a T-shirt.  All of our other ling runs have been in temperatures less than 50 degrees and most of them less than 40.  I was starting out with a sore throat (refer to last post, talking like a pirate) 

The first 5 1/2 miles were not bad, but toward the end I did start to feel a bit hot.  After some water I was read to keep moving on.  At the recommendation of a more experienced runner, I passed up my gel pack and would wait until the 10 mile stop for that.  At about 9 miles I was really regretting that decision.  Again, about 4 miles into this loop, the heat started to get to me a bit and I was feeing pretty weak.  I made it to the water stop, re hydrated and took 2 gels.  I felt OK starting out but about half way through my third 5 1/2 mile loop, I started to feel congestion in my chest, and a cramp in my kidney area. This was a little early in the run to start to struggle.

I made it through to my last water stop.  I was pretty much spent and I was not sure I was going to make it.  I wish I had someone to push me a bit.  Just about that time, the i-pod paid off.  I song came on that reminded me that I was not alone and that my struggle was not mine alone.  (see Mountain of God post)  Well, I shoved off.   The going was slow and I had to walk about 4 times, but I comleted the 22 miles. 

In the end I was thinking, how could I make it another 5 miles?  If I had to rely completely on my own will and my own ability, I think there would be know was.  But fortunatley this is not the case.


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