May has been such a great month! First, I returned home from two weeks at Fort McCoy as the Army’s newest Master Resiliency Trainer. I got back late Friday night, but it didn’t matter because it was during four day weekend for Mother’s Day. I still got up early Saturday morning to run with the Uwharrie training group, but I ended up being late. I finished the entire 20-mile loop by myself. As usual, the course kicked my butt. The heat, humidity, and elevation was a real struggle compared to the cold in Wisconsin.
My coach asked me if I had considered another 100-mile ultramarathon this year (already!!) so I’ve been thinking about the Uwharrie 100, even though I’m terrified to do it! It’s crazy the amount of progress I’ve made since I started working with Ann one year ago. Last May I ran the Flying Pig Marathon (4:59) and set a PR this year at the Eau Claire Marathon (4:30) – a month after finishing my first 100-mile ultramarathon.
11MAY19 – I made plans to visit a friend and her daughter in Florida who could use some love for Mother’s Day. I confirmed with her Friday night that I would be coming. Sunday morning, I left around 0400 because I knew it would take at least nine hours to get to her house. After five hours on the 95S, I figured it was a more reasonable time to text her for her address. That’s when she said that she was on her way to Louisiana to pick up a dog. I felt so furious!! Told her I wish I would’ve known that before I started driving down to see her. Her excuse was that she had been facing legal battles with the possibility of facing prison. How was I supposed to know? At this point, I was in Brunswick, Georgia. I had the option to go back home to Fay or hit up friends in Tampa, Crystal River, or Destin. All of those places were still at least 2 hours away. I decided to go to Jacksonville, which was an hour away instead. Plus, I wanted time for myself to process my feelings and what I would say to my friend or whether I’d ever bother to talk to her again! I would’ve gone scuba diving, but since I haven’t been allowed to wear my contact lens, I spent the rest of my day swimming and pretending to be a mermaid closer to shore.
12MAY19 – I woke up early to beat the heat and went for a run at Neptune Beach. I ran barefoot to see whether I’d prefer it over wearing shoes if I were to sign up for the Destin Ultra (Feb 2020). That race is 50 miles on Destin Beach, FL. I met a guy named Tim who was running in Vibram shoes and Polar heart rate monitor. I asked him if he was training for any race. He said no, he just runs to be healthy. I shared with him the story on how I ended up in Jacksonville and that I was struggling to find the words to express how upset I am to her. He asked me, “Why do you want to be a good friend?” I told him I had a great capacity to love and ideally, it would nice if that love was reciprocated. He said he believed in the Unconditional Love of Jesus Christ and not to expect anything in return. He is so right, I thanked him for reminding me that’s how I try to operate! I just had to forgive her and not let it ruin my day. Plus I was chillin’ at the beach with SO many things to be grateful for, how could I stay mad for long? I said bye to Tim and then met a Russian doctor named Sue on the way back. She advised me to have children ASAP. Believe me, I would if I could right now! I ended up running a total of 16 miles that morning. My feet weren’t torn up so bad and it felt so good to dip into the ocean after.
Also, at the end of my run, I received an e-mail from Jill and Monica notifying me that I had been selected for the 2019 RADrabbit Squad!! It’ll be exciting to represent this season.
15MAY19 – After a month of struggling with running with glasses, I was finally allowed to wear my contacts again. The ophthalmologist performed iridotomy, lasering little holes into my eyes in preparation for the implantable contact lens that he’ll put in next month. Sounds scary, but it wasn’t painful. I feel like I was in one piece again, not having to push the glasses up on my nose or worry, putting on straps, or my lens fogging up. I’m so glad I’ll be able to wear my contacts up until the day of surgery.
16MAY19 – My love came home after two and a half months being away from him! Ever since I started to focus more on my marriage, the distance apart feels that much even greater. That weekend, we drove the opposite direction on the 95 to Charlottesville, VA to visit his kids. I love it when AJ gets to be in dad mode and spend quality time with them. For myself, I tried to run 24 miles on the Rivanna Trail that circumnavigates Charlottesville, but we arrived at noon after a 5-hour drive. I couldn’t take the heat and humidity for too long and tapped out after 11 miles. Next time I will make it a point to hit up one of the trails that recommended by the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners.
24MAY19 – Had another 4-day weekend for Memorial Day ( I love USASOC!!) Originally AJ and I were planning to go hiking in Asheville, but we decided to stay closer to home. Summer came record-setting early for North Carolina with its 100+ temperatures. Friday we braved the heat and rode our motorcycles 33 miles to Southern Pines to have lunch and watched the new Aladdin movie (loved it!). It’s funny how I can also say that I have run 33 miles to Southern Pines! On Saturday, AJ and I spent the day soaking up the sun and relaxing at Myrtle Beach, SC. It’s definitely nice having my hubby around again!
26MAY19 – This was supposed to be an ordinary Sunday. I started the morning with a 15-mile run. Then I volunteered at church and attended service with hubby. Back in the fall, AJ and I were looking at dog breeds that would be great for running. Supposedly Rhodesian Ridgebacks could run for 30+ miles! We contacted Jessica, On the Rocks RR and put a deposit down for a puppy that was arriving during the holidays. When February came to pick our puppy, we couldn’t get the one that we were dead set on. We decided to wait for the spring litter. Fast forward to this month, one of the owners got into a car accident and became addicted to her pain meds, so she returned the puppy to the breeder. Jessica posted on Facebook that the puppy was available immediately, crate trained and potty trained! After church, we went to lunch with the intent to go grocery shopping… Next thing you know it, we were back on the 95 again for an 8.5+ hour drive down to Tampa, FL. We didn’t get to bed until midnight. Luckily lodging at MacDill Air Force Base was only $70.
27MAY19 -Despite sleeping late, I set my alarm to wake up at 0417 (yes something random). Brushed my teeth and put on clothes and was out the door running by 0457. My original plan was to run 29 miles at FRC/Wear Blue for Memorial Day. I ran just 10 miles along Bayshore so that I could get back to AJ sooner. After he woke up, we had tea and then drove 45 min to Parrish to meet Jessica and our new puppy.
During the drive down, AJ and I had a long debate on what we would name the puppy. I wanted her AKC registered name to be “Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas” and Daisy as her call name. I thought it would be perfect because AJ and I got married at EDCLV in 2016. Plus her dad’s name is Vegas and her mom’s name is Sangria, so it totally fits the theme! At first, AJ wasn’t happy with it, but I pouted my way through this one and he ended up liking the name anyways! She is both active and loves to be a couch potato. I can’t wait until I can start running long distances with her! For now, I have to celebrate the fact that she’s making AJ active again hehe.
30MAY19 – Happy birthday to me! Since I didn’t do 29 miles on Monday, I decided I would try to knock them out before work. I woke up 0300, scrambling to get my stuff together because I failed to pack the night before. Without really a route in mind, I chose to run on Fort Bragg/Pope AFB because it’s safer and AJ feels better when I run there. Temperatures started at 75 degrees and only got warmer quickly. My goal was to finish 29 miles by 0930. At mile 23, I didn’t feel good and stopped to throw up. Luckily there was an Express PX nearby, so I bought myself a Gatorade (another good reason to run on post). I was still 3 miles away from the office. AJ asked me to stop running, but I was stubborn and promised him that I would be okay. I ended up running/walking the rest of the way to the office, feeling bummed that I was about to DNF my own birthday run at mile 26.
When I got to the office at 10, I downed a super green smoothie, apple + almond butter, and crushed half a stack of cold Girl Scout Thin Mints. I skipped breakfast so I’m pretty sure that messed me up a bit. After 3.5 hours in the office, my boss told me to leave for the rest of the day. Because I felt so much better, so I decided to finish my run. Now I know that I can continue running even if it’s 100 degrees outside and after I had been sitting in “the chair” for 3.5 hours because I was so determined to finish! I came home to my Army husband cooking dinner for me, fresh bouquet of flowers, a 4-layer chocolate cake. I am such a lucky girl 🙂
Total miles in May: 226.8