Monday, February 23, 2009

Hustled

I fancy myself to be in pretty good shape. I mean, I workout about two hours a day, five days a week. On Saturday, I ran 9 miles on an incline.

You would think running up 94 flight of stairs wouldn't damn nearly kill me.

But you would be wrong.

Here I am, all smiles and ignorance at what would shake me to my core about three hours later. I am waiting for the elevator to take me up to the Hustle Up the Hancock.
Sitting in the lobby, watching people at the start line, and strategizing. See - I'm deep in my race planning.

Eureka! I've got it! Race strategy = run as fast as you can and don't die.

It's almost time....

Holy crap I did it!!! I wish I had a finish line picture, but I did it much faster than Cheese was expecting, so he didn't make it to the finish line on time to see me exit the stairwell. But he did reward me with a box of sugar love.
Final Time: 18:32.
Age Rank: 59/422
Overall: 862/4000ish
You can't really see my bleeding lungs and sweat-soaked shirt, but don't be fooled- that was one of the HARDEST races I have EVER done.
I know, right? It's like 94 floors and 18 minutes of working out - What the hell should be so hard about that?!?!
And I don't really know why it was so hard - but at about 10 flights in, I hit the wall. By 20 flights I was sure I was dying and almost started crying. I stopped three times to drink water at flights 40, 60, and 74. The lung and throat burn was so severe I was wheezing and suffocating myself. And the leg burn? No words to described it.
In fact, I was still coughing and wheezing at 6pm last night.

But now that I've done it once, I know I can do better next year.
In fact, I am sure of it.
Like, I'm-gonna-try-and-win-my-age-group type of sure.
So who's in for next year?

15 comments:

Amy said...

way to hustle!

Danielle in Iowa said...

I think the air circulation in those stairwells is horrible so now wonder you had lung and throat burn!

I am sure it had *nothing* to do with the pain of running all those stairs...

(seriously, I am confused at how I get winded running up three flights to my advisors office...)

prin said...

Yeah, not a lot of windowage in stairwells.

So... did any giant loser ask you if your name was "Sky"?

No?

Is your name Sky? ;);)

Borsch said...

Holy crap...that is crazy!

Alili said...

You are AWESOME! Bravo M!

Tyger Lily said...

You.Are.AWESOME chick!!!

Way to go!

Tri-Angle said...

What you Chicagoan's won't do for entertainment in the Winter.
Sheesh.
Better you than me...
A.

Flatman said...

Joo are so Badass!

Captain Cactus said...

Awesome job! Congrats ... and do you think that the leg burn starting at flight 10 had anything to do with the nine miles at incline on the treadmill the day before?!

CT said...

I did my first Hustle too (20:15)! However, after the debacle that was gear check and having to wait several HOURS to get my bag back, I doubt I'll be hustling again next year. The climb sure was fun though. Great job!

Mommymeepa said...

Megan do the SEARS TOWER with me next year. Oh and by the way I want you to do the Apple Cider Century with me on Sept. 27th. I'm doing the 50 mile bike. Clyde is thinking of doing it too. Come on you know you wanna. Everybody's doing it. HAHA Are you volunteering at IMWI this year. I'm doing that too. I have a few friends doing it that want me at the finish line when they finish. One more thing did you read my blog about my sucky weigh in at WW. I lost .4, but you have to read about it for the details.

Way to Hustle. YOU ROCK!!

The (IRON) Clyde said...

Umm....maybe if a "certain" someone would know when you are doing these things, a "certain" someone might be interesed as well.....

Cassie said...

Congrats Meg!

Maggs said...

Sounds like a fun race. And I wish races gave out Mike and Ikes at the end. I love those two.

Brent Buckner said...

That's good hustle.

Maybe you need some more strength/threshold/VO2Max in your training diet....