EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! The IMC Finisher jacket I ordered came in today!!! Needless to say, I'm very excited. (Jacket pictured above - quite a nice schnoz shot too! haha. Yes, that's the dutch in me!) I have to tell you though, it took me a long time before I actually ordered it. I wasn't sure if I should because of the huge FINISHER letters on the back. Thought it might be too 'in your face'. Then I thought, hey, I friggin finished and I'm darned proud of it, haha. So I ordered it. It's actually a lot nicer than it looked on the website. Or as Leslie put it, 'oh, that looked kind of crappy on the site!'. haha. Rob and I teased her unmercifully for that comment. 'Soooo, you'd let your friend by a crappy jacket eh....'.
So you may have noticed I didn't post my latest SweatLab report....unfortunately I didn't go last night. No need to tease me about it, I was totally bummed!! Yesterday afternoon I had another IBS attack. Frick did it hurt. It was one of those doubled over, energy sucking, hanging in the loo, kind of attacks. I had hoped it would go away before the class, but it didn't. It calmed down later on, but I figured the class had already started and as noted, it sucks the energy right out of me so I knew I wouldn't have been able to keep up. I'm really tired of this.
I'm trying to figure all this IBS stuff out. Actually I have been for the last 17 years. It's more important to me now though because it's affecting my training. I'm going to try a new eating plan. It's pretty drastic, but hell, if it works then it's worth it!! Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!
But on to more fun things! I met up with Les this morning for our run. I wasn't sure how guts would do, but wanted to give it a shot. I felt good when I got up, so with fingers crossed we headed out. It was mighty chilly this morning, -6C. Yipes! I forgot how it feels to run in the cold!
We ran along the river westbound. Usually you can go up along Horse Creek Rd, but when we got there there were many large vehicles of destruction!! They were digging up the road and area for stupid new houses. I am not fond of all the building going on - I moved here because it wasn't the city! Ah well. It was such a nice area before - a big wonderful green field with bee hive thingys. Sigh.
The construction worker let us run through, but I don' think he realized where we were going cause when we crossed the railway tracks there was this HUGE ditch. As we were trying to figure out how to get past the ditch I started to sing the tune 'can't go over it....can't go under it....can't go around it.... gotta go THROUGH it!' haha. Always entertaining running with me, tee hee.
I was doing well till about an hour in. Then stupid gut started to act up. Les figured something was wrong because I became very quiet. You know if I'm not talking that somethings wrong, haha. At that point I just had to focus on running. We got to the trails and the energy of being in there definitely helped. It was neat how the trail had changed since the summer. All the long grass was yellow and had frost on it, and the trail was covered in leaves. It smelled like fall. Soooo nice.
We ran 2:15 hours today. I tried to keep my HR low and watch my pace. It was hard to keep it down, and my pace was slower than last week. It was a hilly run too, which made it all the more difficult. I think part of the problem was that I was still recovering from yesterdays gut issues. I think my average speed was about 7:15 min/km. It's ok though, I loved being out there!
And so the experiment continues....