Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dual Dump Runner

After my excellent news of licensure on Wednesday, and several days off, I was determined to try to get out for some miles on Thursday. The weather was great (less than 60 degrees!) so I decided to wear my new Cooper Young 4 Mile Race shirt:

Here I am pre-run. I still have a little wiggle room in the size L shirt, thankfully.

The previous Saturday, Chasen informed me that the local dump was quite close to our house. We drove the "course," and it was 2.5 miles away. That is a far cry from the 12 miles of the dump back home. This was a no-brainer: I was going to become a dual-city dump runner!

After the abdominal muscle soreness of last week and earlier this week, my strategy for each day of running/walking is to a) evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis, and b) try my best to get those stretching muscles used to putting one foot in front of the other. Otherwise, I might as well just give up for the next 22.5 weeks! I can't do that (unless I am forced to do so by the obstetrician).

So off I went to the dump. This required me to get on the "real roads" for the first time in ages. No biggie; these DeSoto County drivers are pretty considerate after all. I was going to go as far as I could (must be considerate of the stretching belly); hopefully I'd at least make it to the dump; I could always "call for rescue" to get back home.

Only a half mile to go!

I made it!

Poor quality camera phone photo -- but at least I have proof of this momentous occasion. Ha!

So I did indeed make it to the dump. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I was feeling. I was "walking strong." I ate 2 strawberry newtons and started the journey home.

I made it home in the cool, breezy weather in a total of 1:23:09, all 5 miles walked. Do you think this means I get two DRC shirts? Ha!


gabsatrucker said...

Congrats on the licensure!!! I would absolutely love to run with you and Annette Sunday. Hopefully I'll see her tomorrow to get the exact time and place. In case I don't see her, leave me a msg on my blog with the exact time and place please. I am so excited about getting to meet you in real life!!


ShirleyPerly said...

Long sleeves?!? Wow, the weather must be nice there. Funny that you run to the dump. I avoid it :-)

Maddy said...

I just learned about the dump runners club. The county dump is about 2 miles from here.

Maybe I should join the club...

Congrats on putting one foot in front of the other. You're going to breeze through labor!

Southbay Girl said...

Awesome DUMP Run/Walk! There is a dump runners club? really?

Marathon Maritza said...

hee hee, your post made me giggle. Glad you made it to the dump! (what an odd thing to say..)

Bev said...

Cool! Do you also have trash pickup?

DPeach said...

I did my dump run recently too.
Mine was a little unique since I had to do mine on a bike and run. It was too far for me to just run. At least at that stage in my running career. Now, a month later, I have increased my mileage to almost that distance for a single run.

CewTwo said...

Closest to me is a Transfer Station. Basically a large cemented pit that trucks dump garbage into, then it is scooped up and loaded into larger trucks, and then it is taken to the actual dump. 6 miles from my house! Makes for an accurate (if somewhat smelly) 12 mile run!

Congratulations on the license! Yay!