Back for a second running of the Labor Pain 12 Hour Endurance Race. I was looking to run 26.2 miles again, which means 5 laps (of the 5 mile loop) and then out and back for the last 1.2 miles.
I started in the back of the pack, had my new trail running shoes. I finished in about an hour and eleven minutes, which was totally fine by me. My goal was to try to do each lap in an hour and a half, so this had me well ahead of the pace I wanted to be at.
Trouble started when I noticed that my toes were really starting to hurt. I couldn't run down hill at all, because my toes were jamming against my shoes and it was very painful. The last 1/4 of the loop is pretty much all downhill, and it was not fun at all. I finished an hour and nineteen minutes. Still a good half an hour ahead of the pace I wanted overall, but I was hurting. I changed shoes into normal running sneakers. Good news is that they fit my feet better (toes were not hurting nearly as much). Bad news is that these shoes were not really designed for running on trails.
Took me an hour and a half to do this lap. Lots more walking since feet were bothering me. I have always taken really good care of my feet during these runs as to not have any problems with them. I was still a half an hour ahead of the pace I wanted to be at.
Took me an hour and forty-seven minutes to do this loop.
Final lap. Started to rain a mile into it, but we were in the woods so it wasn't that bad. Took me an hour and fifty-six minutes. I pretty much walked this entire lap, but I did have a beer at the aid station, so that was nice.
Finished up the last 1.2 on the out and back, and called it a day. I really love doing this race. I will have to take a year off next year, because of some scheduling issues, but I am excited to do it again in the future.
Party was followed by the annual Hartman Ho Down party I attend every year. Boys and I made a first aid kit and a jello shot tray for the party. These will be able to be used in years to come.
With marathon #10 finished, I spent the run thinking about who I could dedicate the race to. The name that came to mind was Katey Sagal.
While we all loved her 20 years ago as the one and only Peg Bundy, an iconic role that will never be forgotten, she also did another good show called "8 Simple Rules to Dating My Teenage Daughter." It was very memorable when they did the episode after the passing of John Ritter, certainly one of those TV moments you just don't forget.
But more importantly, I started watching binge watching a show I have been meaning to watch for a few years now, Sons of Anarchy. I knew she was on it, but thats all I knew. She plays the wife of the president of a motorcycle gang. There was this episode where this girl was strutting down the street how had slept with her husband. There were some kids nearby on a skateboards. Without hesitation, she picked up a skateboard and smashed the girl's face with it. I literally said "Woah! Peg Bundy is a badass."
So what I guess I am trying to say is, while I have always appreciated her career, watching Katey smash a girl's face in with a skateboard was enough to enter the TV Hall of Fame, and enough to have a marathon dedicated to her. Can't wait to see what else she doe s(cause I am still on Season 1, so there is plenty more ass kicking that I need to get caught up on).