Viva La Goal
The 40-minute 5K continues to elude me. Most runners would probably scoff at such a goal. Most the running apps seem to think the only 5K that exists is less than 30 minutes.
I started running with a Couch to 5K app. In reality, it was a "couch to 30 minutes of running" app. And I don’t run a 5K in 30 minutes. And years later, apparently, i can’t even run one in 40 minutes. But I’ll keep trying.
I got pretty close at the Vida Verde 5K in McAllen earlier this month. Twelve seconds earlier, I would've finished the run at 40 minutes and 59 seconds. And I’d have no shame in claiming that as my 40-minute 5K.
Last year’s Vida Verde 5K ended up my personal Discount Tire 5K. (Here’s the post from that run.) This year, I actually got to see the route. I learned it was part of the route used for the McAllen Marathon. (The only way I knew this was because there were signs stating that.)
That last part of the route was through Quinta Mazatlan. It was a bunch of quick short turns. While I appreciated them, it seemed like a lot more than .1 mile. There was someone at the last turn signaling that the finish line was close. I thought it wasn’t as close as he was saying, but it was practically at that turn.
I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t taken those few seconds to think, “Yeah, right buddy,” I probably would’ve shaved those precious few seconds off my time.
Ah well, I have another run in a few days. Wish me luck.
Side note: Kudos to the organizers on the participant shirts. They were very nice. (It looks better without the wrinkles.) And I got a single-digit bib, which as close to being #3 in a race as I'll ever be.
“Lump" is a 4-Letter Word
More than a year ago, I noticed a small lump in my armpit. (Don’t worry. That’s as graphic as this will get.) Sadly, like many people, I ignored it and it was gone in a few days. The following month, it returned.
It’s at this point, I thought, “If a friend or relative told me they had this issue, what would I tell them? I’d tell them to go the freakin’ doctor.” So I went to the freakin’ doctor.
The doctor said it was probably something minor. A few days and some meds later, it was gone.
And then it came back, I went to a dermatologist, who said it was probably an infection. If it returns, I should go back. It went away after a few days again.
The following month, I was in the doctor’s office again for allergies and mentioned to the PA that I had previous lumps in my armpit and it came back.
Unlike the previous two doctors, the PA knew I was a runner. Without missing he beat, he said, “It’s your deodorant.”
I thought, “No way.” I’m been running for more than a year and I’ve been using the same deodorant. Why would this just start now?
Then my brain kicked. Each of the times the lump appeared was right after I had ran a half-marathon or ran 10 miles.
When I wasn’t training, my runs were shorter, and everything was fine. The next time the lump appeared was when I did my 10-mile run two weeks before a half-marathon.
I had heard of lots of ailments while training, but this was a new one. I am still in search of the best deodorant.
In case it’s not completely clear, I’m not medical professional. This is just my story. If you have any medical concerns, go the freakin’ doctor.
Former high school water girl (really) finally running.