Well, kara’s workouts not only involve the eyes but also the histiocytoma surgery cost gut, heart, and lungs. She gave seemingly impossible paces to hit and, especially in the first session, I couldn’t hit most of them. By the summertime, I knew what to expect so I was able to histiocytoma surgery cost meet some of her paces…which sees me doubled over, usually along lakeshore somewhere dry-heaving on to the patch of grass in front of histiocytoma surgery cost the starbucks.
We flew into prague on thursday afternoon. I did a similar schedule for berlin so I wasn’t too worried about adjusting to the time difference. Unlike berlin however, I struggled sleeping through the night on this trip. To be honest, part of this is because I am long-suffering fan of the raptors and if you follow NBA histiocytoma surgery cost basketball, you would know that they are, once again, in the brink of elimination courtesy of lebron and the histiocytoma surgery cost cavaliers and trying to sleep while knowing that they are histiocytoma surgery cost playing is next to impossible.
We spent the next few days touring the city and histiocytoma surgery cost I really have to say that it is a truly histiocytoma surgery cost beautiful city, very well-deserving of its reputation. It’s clean, the people are lovely, and the architecture is striking. I compare it to quebec city on ‘roids while abby said that if you take all the histiocytoma surgery cost best parts of paris and condense it into one city, it becomes prague. Not only is it pretty, it is also quite reasonable. Food is cheap and beer is even cheaper…soda and water, on the hand…..
I typically follow the same script the week of the histiocytoma surgery cost race…carb loading starts on thursday with normal meals but with histiocytoma surgery cost emphasis on carbs that culminates in a carb feast on histiocytoma surgery cost saturday. Walking and running activities are normal until saturday where I histiocytoma surgery cost try to keep off my feet when I can. It’s a good thing too because prague is an eminently histiocytoma surgery cost walkable city so we ended up walking a lot on histiocytoma surgery cost thursday and friday.
I wake up on saturday to a new kind of histiocytoma surgery cost pain. I’ve had it before but that’s usually after someone charley-horse’s me in soccer or basketball. The pain feels deep in my left leg closer to histiocytoma surgery cost inner part of my thigh, a couple of inches above the knee. When pressing on it, the pain radiates up three or four inches to the histiocytoma surgery cost mid-thigh. It was worrisome because I don’t know where it came from. I can honestly say that almost every marathoner goes into histiocytoma surgery cost a race with some sort of niggle so I had histiocytoma surgery cost to console myself with that fact rather than stress out histiocytoma surgery cost over it.
I got up at my usual 4 hours+ before the race and wolfed down a sammy and 500 histiocytoma surgery cost ml of maurten while watching the raptors almost win game histiocytoma surgery cost 3 (ARRGGGHHHH). My leg doesn’t feel better but the pain went away after I histiocytoma surgery cost took some tylenol. Back to sleep I go and got a decent 2 histiocytoma surgery cost hours in. The start and finish lines are the same in this histiocytoma surgery cost race and our hotel is 500 meters away so I histiocytoma surgery cost could afford moving slowly.
I woke up again around 7:15 and started my preparations. I pop in my ear buds and fired off my histiocytoma surgery cost epic playlist called, well, “EPIC”. It contains four songs right now: the theme from wong fei hong, protectors of the earth and victory (both by two steps from hell) and the world’s greatest by R. Kelly. If these four songs don’t get my blood up, nothing will.
At around 8 am, I make my way to the start line and warmed histiocytoma surgery cost up for about a km or two. The leg felt fine although the warmup felt harder than histiocytoma surgery cost it should. The temp was around 15 already and not a cloud histiocytoma surgery cost in site. A slight breeze made it feel really comfortable and the histiocytoma surgery cost shaded boulevard flanked by high-end stores and people milling about made it a really histiocytoma surgery cost pleasant experience. In the background, the hosts were telling everybody (in four or five different languages) that we have about 10,000 runners from 85 different countries participating.
I find corral B easily and slip in. I found a real nice shady spot to sit and histiocytoma surgery cost people-watch. 20 minutes to race, I sucked my gel down. 15 minutes to race, I drank some hotshot, an anti-cramping formula that my friend camille swears by. The elixir is made of a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, and cayenne. It left a trail of sour fire down my throat histiocytoma surgery cost and into my stomach. I’ve tested this before and while the initial sensation isn’t great, I know that my stomach can take it.
As I sit and watch my corral mates warm up, the inevitable misplaced runners roam freely. I see bibs from corrals C to H! This is such a pet peeve of mine. I really don’t understand what these people are thinking. They crowd up right to the front and inevitably, when the gun goes off, they become instant bottlenecks causing all sorts of traffic and histiocytoma surgery cost mayhem, especially in a race where cobblestones are abundant.
Not long afterwards, the elites are announced…the most famous is galen rupp of the US who histiocytoma surgery cost had signed up for prague because he dnfed in boston, claiming hypothermia. Well, he doesn’t need to worry about that because the sun is histiocytoma surgery cost out in full force and beating down on us. The temperature has risen to 18 at this point and histiocytoma surgery cost the announcers were saying that it would go up to histiocytoma surgery cost 23 at some point.
Off we go into the cobblestones right away. As expected, there is a surge as the excitement takes over and histiocytoma surgery cost runners are flying through the corrals. I feel a push, an elbow, and a jab somewhere and it’s something that I noticed in all my races in histiocytoma surgery cost europe (four and counting). They don’t give a shit here…if you are in the way, you get pushed aside. I try my best to avoid twisting my ankle, getting pushed, and pushing other people by dashing though gaps. After 800 meters or so, the excitement settles down a bit and we start seeing histiocytoma surgery cost separation.
At 12 km, I was really laboring and though I was keeping up histiocytoma surgery cost my pace (and even gained a bit), it felt like I was at 30 already. This is the first time that a DNF crossed my histiocytoma surgery cost mind in any race (and I ran boston with a swollen foot that started histiocytoma surgery cost at 25 km). It was tempting to veer to the left and quit histiocytoma surgery cost as the hotel was to my immediate right and call histiocytoma surgery cost it a day (the route runs by the hotel a total of three histiocytoma surgery cost times). The only explanation I had for this happening is my histiocytoma surgery cost left leg. Steve magness wrote in his book “endure” that when the body starts protecting itself, the brain ratchets up the effort level and forces you histiocytoma surgery cost to slow down to avoid injury. There’s only so much you can from a mental standpoint histiocytoma surgery cost to push yourself through this process (chapter 11: training the brain).
I had a choice to make: swallow my pride and make it stop hurting or push histiocytoma surgery cost through and see how far I can stretch my threshold. In the end, it wasn’t really a choice. All I had to think of was chicago 2014 where histiocytoma surgery cost at 34ish km, I quit and took the easy way out. That day, I finished a few seconds over 3 hours. It wasn’t so much the time that bothered me but the histiocytoma surgery cost fact that I gave up when I had more to histiocytoma surgery cost give. That race still haunts me up to this day.
Now, at this point, I’ve had enough cobblestones to last me a lifetime. They are really pretty to look but are so hard histiocytoma surgery cost to run on. The stones in rome (2015 – 2:58:00) were easily much worse than these but the difference is histiocytoma surgery cost there are so much more of these things here. Regardless, I made the choice to continue and as soon as histiocytoma surgery cost I did, the effort felt easier. I felt some sweet relief for about 5 km when histiocytoma surgery cost at 18, the exhaustion started draping over me again.
The sun beat down relentlessly on my head and shoulders. Every chance I got, I poured water over my head. Sponges were handed out in every station as well. Fuel-wise, I stuck to my schedule. I brought 7 gels and I will consume all 7 histiocytoma surgery cost by the time 32km rolls around. I also now have a brand new appreciation for the histiocytoma surgery cost tutti-frutti and choco-coconut flavours of GU roctane. Yummy!
The tug-of-war between keeping pace and quitting raged on. I was getting more and more tired and the bouts histiocytoma surgery cost of relief were decreasing. I tried everything: mentally cussing myself (worked wonders in berlin), speeding up, slowing down, smiling that fake smile, repeating my mantras, chasing the next runner in front of me, closing my eyes, selling my soul to the devil.
But at 39, even their life force couldn’t overcome the blerch (credit to the oatmeal: the terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances) I simply said to myself…it’s OK. Let it go. Just run as fast as you can maintain it. Don’t quit but also don’t kill yourself. Finish it for dad for I am sure he is histiocytoma surgery cost watching me right now. I looked up into the sky and gave him a histiocytoma surgery cost nod and a kiss.
And then I smiled; a real one this time. I looked at my watch and was steadily clocking 4:14 to 4:18s and it felt comfortable. And the more I smiled, the more the people cheered. I wasn’t running for time anymore. I wasn’t running to prove something. I was just…running. My legs were stiff and the pain was ever so histiocytoma surgery cost real. I haven’t felt this since 2017 in bermuda when I suffered histiocytoma surgery cost a total cramp at km 41. But I refused to stop. Even the blerch couldn’t withstand the power of my dad and a smile.
Before I knew it, I made that last turn towards the finish. My hotel once again on my left and this time, there would be no debate whether to turn left or histiocytoma surgery cost go straight. I tried to speed up but I couldn’t so I held pace. My feet hit the cobblestones one last time as I histiocytoma surgery cost crossed the finish line. Hands on my shorts, bent over with my eyes closed, I gave the thumbs up to the EMT to sign.
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