July 31, 2010

Skaha Loop Accomplished! Longest Personal Distance!

Well, I did it!it was a huge milestone for me, to get 30 km under my belt!  The Skaha Lake Loop happened for me today as i had set out a while back.  So happy to get a significant goal I set out for this year done. 
It started out rocky.  My nephew was GOING to come with me, on bike, but copped out (boy 15 year olds I thought LIKED getting up at 6 am!) , and arriving at the start of my run, I quickly found out that the bathrooms were not available.  And I needed them.  Badly.  I tried a couple of times at home, but I guess my body didnt want to get ready like my brain did.  What happened after this shall remain between me and the trail.  Lets just say, I will NEVER eat corn on the cob the day before a long run again.  Cramps and much wind also accompanied me throughout the run!
Well, the run went fine, my hip felt good (I massaged at home before).  I added a km in Penticton (the half way point) to make it a fair 30 km.  The second half was hilly, Especially the last 20 minutes, on which my legs were trying to tell me to give up and sit.   But I would not hear of it!  I guess that was the "wall".


It was Ultraman weekend, so some roads were preparing for that, which made me feel like a triathlete, which was great.  It only dawned on me the last half that i probably looked like one of the training triathletes because there were so many out and about.  I actually passed a couple of them!  That felt really good.

I fueled at the 1 hour mark with my GU espresso and throughout with Gatoraid from home.With all the stomach issues I was a bit worried it would be a  inner fight, but things were mostly peaceful.

I felt fantastic after I finished and entered the lake to recover (my form of icebath).

So one HUGE milestone in my running life is accomplished, with much more to go.  It feels great to see what i could accomplish!  Im still on my high!

7 comments:

Evolving Through Running said...

30K - way to go! You truly are a running man. Added bonus passing the triathletes - probably got them nervous for the race.

Kenley said...

Wow, that is awesome Chad, the Running Man! I bet you are on a high still. Now, you can say that you have conquered that part of your life's goal distance. THanks for sharing.

The Thief/Rev. Run said...

Great run, Chad! I ran 18 miles, about 1/2 mile short of your run. It was a fabulous day for a long run.

Chad said...

Thanks guys. Evolving Through Running...Actually, they apparently were ultra athletes...
@Kenley Thanks man, next step i have put in my heart is 37 on my 37th bday... as part of my preparing for my upcoming Kelowna marathon! i thought of that on the run yesterday.
@The Thief -- too bad we dont live around each other, it could have been a doubled up run!~

Chad said...

My hips are not as sore this morning as they were last night, I was having a hard time going up and down stairs last night. I will be friends with the softball and foam roller today as i recover.

Kenley said...

Chad that is awesome. This coming December, I will be 36. I have vowed to run 36 Km that day to celebrate my running and new life. I will probably end up walking a good bit, but I just want to finish.

Chad said...

Kenley, What a great way to celebrate, in fat, it might have been you who i got hte idea from....through reading osmosis, did you blog about it? HA!