Strength I Didn’t Know I Had

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Today’s run was probably one of the most memorable runs I have had in a long time, if not ever. Please be warned this is a verbose post!

I don’t know what is going on, but my runs lately have been craaaaazy…

On today’s run, this note became much more real…

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But I will get to the reason why in a minute.

After breakfast, Eric and I geared up for our planned bike-run outing. Him on bike, me on foot. I filled up my Camelbak and we were off!

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[I don’t listen to music when he is with me because we chat, but I brought the tunes for when we parted ways.]

Today I was planning on doing my last LONG RUN before my half marathon on May 30th. I wanted to do between 10-13 miles today.

I knew I had to get in this run today or my anxiety would be quite high for the race. My training for the half has not been where I wanted it to be. My groin strain set me out for a while and I found it difficult to get in long runs while training for the try-a-tri.

I know deep down I am not trained for this half like I was for my first and second half marathons last Fall 2009. I have accepted this. I know that I have been out there every day that I could and I gave this training (and the try-a-tri) 100% effort. I am going to have fun with my half next weekend and just play it by ear and not stress myself with a time goal! What shall be will be.

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Eric was my on site photographer today. :lol:

I am hoping all my hill training will benefit me in the race next weekend. I climbed 1836 vertical feet (0.35 miles) on today’s run!!!

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I think Eric was so bored on this bike ride because he basically went along to keep me company and he had to bike quite slow next to me. I think a snail passed us. I thanked him a million times for coming along to entertain me! I couldn’t have done it without him. His words of encouragement were so needed during the long hill climbs.

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After 7.5 miles I dropped Eric off at home, filled my Camelbak with H20, and fueled up.

I was covered in salty sweat from head to toe. It was hot out there.

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I had two dates for fuel…

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…and I was off.

I did not want to go back out there. I almost talked myself out of it. Eric mentioned that he was going to watch a movie and I wanted to just stay inside and cuddle him on the couch.

However, I kept my half marathon goal in my mind and I headed back out there.

This was a deciding moment of dedication for me.

I told myself, you are so much stronger than you think, and I was convinced.

I would like to give a special shout-out to two songs that honestly made the difference in my energy for this second part:

  • ‘Forever’ by Chris Brown (never fails to remind me of this epic video and then this one!! hahah)
  • ‘Not Myself Tonight’ by Christina A.

Fun songs.

I looped the neighbourhood a couple times. Around mile 11, I was debating in my mind whether I would run up to the end of the street or whether I would turn back early and head home. I decided to run to the end of the street.

As I was running to the end, the unthinkable happened.

I witnessed an accident!!!

A huge Harley Davidson motorcycle was turning left onto the street I was on, when all of a sudden the bike swerved and flipped on the side, skidding, and pinning a man and a woman onto the pavement underneath the bike.

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I screamed, in shock, and bolted to the accident. I was about 30 feet away and ran to them as fast as I could. Sometime during this I lost my sunglasses. The man was struggling to get the bike off of him and the woman, but he was trapped. The woman was screaming in pain and it was one of the scariest things I have ever seen. She got the worst of the accident because she was trapped under the bike the most and it was crushing her legs.

I immediately grabbed the Harley, which was on its’ side, by the seat, and lifted it off of the people who were stuck beneath it. I have no idea how I was able to lift the bike…Eric tells me they are around 500 pounds!!! I now believe what people say when you are in a dangerous situation and the adrenaline is pumping, you can accomplish amazing feats of strength. Unfortunately I pushed the bike up with mostly my left arm, which is my sore tricep, so I am hurting a bit right now, but obviously it was a necessary act!!

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That is similar to what the bike looked like.

As soon as I got the bike off them a nearby couple (who heard the screaming) called 911. The woman was bleeding and all scraped up and I am almost positive she broke a leg, if not a foot. I felt so bad for her and kept reassuring her that the ambulance was on its’ way. She was crying and in shock. Not even 2 minutes later the ambulance arrived. I was so surprised at how quickly they arrived. Kudos to the paramedics!

After they were taken away, I wished them well, and then I left for home. I looked around for my sunglasses and found them right about where I was when I first bolted over. I guess they fell off me…I don’t remember. I was about a mile away from home, and that mile was run in shock. I could not believe what just happened and I was a bit choked up over it. Luckily I decided to run to the end of the street or I would have turned onto a different street and not have been there to help.

Despite the accident, I managed to have a strong long run.

The run:

  • Distance: 12.44 miles
  • Time: 2 hours 6 minutes
  • Avg pace: 10:08 min/mile

 

Mile splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:31 min/mile, ascent 147 ft
  • Mile 2: 9:35, ascent 118 ft
  • Mile 3: 9:58, ascent 154 ft (I started to doubt myself after just 3 miles)
  • Mile 4: 10:38, ascent 131 ft
  • Mile 5: 10:24, ascent 144 ft
  • Mile 6: 10:35, ascent 285 ft (part of murder hill!!!!)
  • Mile 7: 10:12, ascent 159 ft
  • Mile 8: 10:04, ascent 102 ft
  • Mile 9: 10:28, ascent 192 ft
  • Mile 10: 10:20, ascent 76 ft
  • Mile 11: 9:46, ascent 116 ft (just before the accident, I was trying to finish strong)
  • Mile 12: 10:13, ascent 158 ft
  • Mile 12-12.44: 9:34, ascent 55 ft (finished strong!)

 

After returning, I did what I said I would never do.

I had an ice bath

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Getting in was the worst part. Actually all of it was the worst part.

With green tea to warm me!

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It was not fun, but my legs do feel better than they did. I also iced my sore tricep. My body is basically hurting all over right now. This week is a taper week though, so I will be resting a lot!

After the ice bath, I had quite possibly one of the biggest salads I have ever made in my life. I realize I say this a lot. :happy:

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The uber big salad contained: 2 organic romaine hearts, 1 tomato, 1 cup chickpeas, salsa, mustard, pure maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, turmeric spice (reduces inflammation), hummus, black pepper, sea salt.

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The only way I can explain these salad toppings is that I felt similar to a pregnant lady. :lol: There was no wrong topping for this salad. It just all seemed appropriate. [It actually tasted great too, but again that could have been the crazy hunger talking…] After the salad, I had a Raw + GF Glo Bar.

Last but certainly not least, I wanted to tell you guys about this really awesome Live Well 360 Core Fitness bag! My friend Sheila from Live Well 360 told me about this bag they were designing months and months ago and she asked me if I would like to review the bag and also donate Glo Bars for this amazing giveaway they are having. Of course I said yes!

The bag is beautiful. I was blown away by the quality of the bag, right from first glance.

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The 360 Core bag boasts ‘storage compartments for shoes, jewelry, beauty products, and more along side a new level of durability through its ballistic nylon exterior, satin nickel hardware, and heavy duty zippers.’ The bag reminds me a lot of Lululemon bags, with the motivational words plastered all over the lining and all the functional pockets inside.

My favourite part of the bag is this awesome hidden pouch (shown below left) where you can put your sneakers and dirty gym clothes. What a genius idea!!!

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The bag is pricey- at $129- but after I received the bag I understood the price point. The quality and attention to detail is very apparent. You can tell that so much love and time went into creating this bag. Sheila also tells me that many people are using the bag for a travel bag too.

Live Well 360 is having a huge giveaway for fantastic health and fitness products. There are tons of items up for grabs- including a Garmin forerunner- and even Glo bars!

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The What’s In Your Bag Giveaway ends tomorrow (May 25th, 11:59 PM PST). For contest rules, see here.

I have decided (with Sheila’s blessing!) to donate this bag to my Shop 4 A Cause 2 charity auction. You guys will have the chance to bid on the bag should you wish! I am confident it will go to a great home :biggrin: and we will raise some awesome money for cancer in the process!

Well, that was a record-long post clocking in at 2 hours. I must apologize not to have the cupcake recipe up, but I promise it is coming tomorrow morning.

Today’s question- Have you ever been in an emergency situation before? Were you surprised at how you reacted?

Have a great night!

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Alexandria @ Bella Vita May 24, 2010

I love that backpack! And that salad…be still my heart : ) What an awesome run…it makes me want to leave work right now and put my running shoes on!

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Lauren M. May 24, 2010

Thank God you were there to help! Just another example as to why I believe everything truly happens for a reason. I’m glad both you and they are safe!

Can’t wait for Shop 4 A Cause on Wednesday!

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megan May 24, 2010

wow that was an incredible story. How amazing that you were there and able to help them. i can’t believe you were able to lift that bike up! God must have given you supernatural strength. Talk about putting your workout in perspective!

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Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 24, 2010

Wow, you really do glow, like an angel! That’s an incredible story, I hope the people involved will be ok. You did an extraordinary thing, thank goodness you were there to help!

Congrats on pushing yourself to the limits and finding your inner AND outer strength. :)

Jenn

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Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 24, 2010

Wow! Great job on the run and an even greater job of being there for those people. You rock!

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Ricki May 24, 2010

Wow, Angela, what an amazing story! I guess it’s true what they say about the adrenaline taking over. And boy, were those people lucky that you happened by when you did! I am a bit surprised that the paramedics didn’t ask to examine YOU just to make sure you were okay. . . hope the ice bath helped to ease the muscle pain! You should feel really great about yourself for being such a help in that situation. Nice bag, too! ;)

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Jessica Lee May 24, 2010

This is an amazing story. I hope that the woman and man are doing okay. You are such an amazing person to help them. How were you able to pick that thing up?!?! Great run too. And its a good thing you went back out there too. It was meant to be!

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Meghan@traveleatlove May 24, 2010

Oh my gosh! You must be so shaken. . . way to go though! Good thing you were there!

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Mary @ It's Bliss May 24, 2010

omg!! can you imagine, it was fate that you continued running besides staying inside. If you hadn’t you wouldn’t have been there to get the bike off of them as fast as you did. That’s jaw dropping.

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Nancy May 24, 2010

Reading that story gave me goosebumps, it’s incredible what adrenaline can make a body do. I’m so glad you were there and able to help! Who knows how long they could have been there without help.

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 24, 2010

Wow, glad you’re all OK. And way to be a superhero!

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Paige May 24, 2010

CRAZY afternoon you had! I’m sure those people are glad you took the long way home too. :)

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Chrissy (The New Me) May 24, 2010

Wow! Great story, and what good luck for those poor people that you *literally* ran onto the scene. Thanks for sharing – and inspiring!

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Ashley May 24, 2010

That’s so awesome of you to donate the bag!! Also, that giveaway with all the goodies inside is amazing! What a crazy run…I commend you for what you did. I’ve never had to help in a situation like that but have seen a few REALLY bad accidents before. I saw one when driving once that I can’t even describe…My mom and younger cousins were in the car and I made them close their eyes. I don’t have a weak stomach but I thought I was going to throw up. Those people are lucky you were there today. And also, way to be a champ on that run. I can’t imagine stopping at home and then trying to get back out and run more…way to go! <3

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 24, 2010

Wow Angela, good job on being quick to react! I think our minds and bodies can just go into shock when witnessing something like that. Sometimes our brains can be slow to react and figure out what to do first to help. I hope everyone is ok!

Good job on your run today! That’s definitely something to be proud of! :-) I saw some of your crazy lady dishes in Crate and Barrel yesterday and was very tempted to get some of them!!

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nicole @ Making Good Choices May 24, 2010

wow Angela! That is an amazing story, those people were so lucky you were close. You were totally meant to be there! I can’t say I’ve ever been in a similar situation, but if I ever am, I hope I am strong enough to help!

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Samantha May 24, 2010

Wow…that was fate at work out there on the roads…so glad you were able to find unthinkable strength and assist!

Tips for ice baths: Don’t put the water and ice in and THEN get in, that can be miserable. Get in a dry tub, turn the cold water on and let it fill up to about your thighs or just over, THEN dump the ice in, then sit in for 10-15 minutes or until the ice has melted. Doing it gradually isn’t quite as miserably shocking to your body.

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Rachel May 24, 2010

Things like this totally reaffirm my belief that everything happens for a reason. Think of everything that could have happened to not make you be there at that time… if you hadn’t had to drop Eric off, if you had decided to screw the rest of the run, if you.. who even knows. I have never been in this situation before, but my little brother has. He doesn’t live at home anymore, but one day decided to randomly pop in. He found my dad unconscious and not breathing on the bathroom floor, and he got there right in time to call 911 and administer CPR and everything before the paramedics came. Thank God he went over, or else there is a good chance that my mother would have come home from work hours later and found him dead. It’s moments like this that make me stop and pray for a minute.

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Courtney May 24, 2010

I was on edge just reading what happened! Cant believe you were right there (fate!) and managed to lift it off those people. Just think…those people will remember (and be thankful for) you for the rest of their lives!

Bet your run home was super speedy with all that adrenaline running through you!

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Shannon May 24, 2010

Thank God you were there to help them!! I am not a super religious person, but when stuff like this happens, I can’t help but think that there’s a reason for everything. It would have been easy for you to stay home on the couch and watch a movie, but something inside you was sparked and you knew you should go on the run. I think everything happens for a reason. When I’m stuck in traffic, I try to tell myself that, had this traffic not been here and had I arrived at my destination at the time, maybe something awful (like an accident) would have happened. I’ve been a believer in that way of thinking ever since my dad was laid off from his world trade center job shortly before 9/11/2001. PS – great job on your run!!

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Lisa May 24, 2010

Good for you! Your quick assistance might have saved her legs. My parents were in a brutal motorcycle accident before I was born and it’s amazing that they lived.

The only thing that really happened to me was at an old apartment…A couple down the street was having a domestic situation…I just knew it was not one to ignore so I called the police and just before the police arrived, the argument turned into a brawl in the middle of the street. Another neighbor had tried to get involved and it was two guys beating each other. At least the girl was able to get away and the police arrived in time to break it up.

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Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey May 24, 2010

Wow. I am so glad you were there to help those people. How amazing that you were able to lift the bike off of them! I’m sure they are so thankful!!

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 24, 2010

Wow, that is insane!! Scary. Sounds like you did an excellent job. Good thing they were not hurt more and you didn’t have to do cpr.
I have been in emergency situations before…AT WORK as an ICU nurse! I help to save lives. feeeeeels purdy good:)

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lindsay May 24, 2010

WOW! That is scary! I am so glad you were able to help. I’ve been in some minor accident but nothing like that. I am sure they are forever grateful for your kindness! God really does give you strength when you need it the most!

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Olivia May 24, 2010

You’re a hero, Angela — in oh so many ways!

-Olivia

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Jenny May 24, 2010

WOW! I’m sorry you had to witness something like that, but it’s amazing you got to help out! You’re an amazing lady!

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Therese May 24, 2010

Holy Moses, girl! That’s an amazing thing you did! Not just getting that motorcycle off of those poor people but also having the instincts to bolt right on over to help!

You’ve had quite the holiday story to tell! Glad you’re alright and I hope those people are alright, they certainly have you to thank!

And way to go on getting those miles in, it has been a hot, hot day!

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Abby May 24, 2010

Wow, that’s definitely a run that will stick with you… Adrenaline (and the strength that comes with it) is a pretty remarkable thing.

A few summers ago, on a road trip through New England, I went out for an early morning run. I was about to cross a busy intersection but paused to stretch, and as I bent down, a car came careening around a curve, just as a huge pick up truck came across the road. The truck rammed into the car about 10 feet in front of me. I ran over to find the woman in the car covered in blood and broken glass. There wasn’t much I could do besides called 911 and try to keep her calm until all the emergency vehicles arrived. When they got there, I gave a statement to the officers and then turned around to run the two miles back to our hotel – as you said, totally in a daze. We took off for the next leg of our trip that afternoon, and I never found out what happened to the woman, but it remains one of the more defining runs I’ve ever had.

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Lin May 24, 2010

Angela, you never cease to amaze me. You did such a wonderful thing today and mostly likely saved the couple’s life! I can’t imagine being pinned down by a 500 lb bike! I hope your arm feels better and I’m so glad that you finished strong on your run despite being in shock!

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 24, 2010

Omigoodness Angela you in incredible! I can not believe you ran 11 miles, lifted a harley off of a woman, and calmed her down. That is an incredible feat. I just hope everyone is ok.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 24, 2010

That accident must have been so scary to witness! That’s amazing that you were able to help though. Congrats on keeping your cool – I would have been FREAKING out.

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Erin May 24, 2010

That is absolutely terrifying but I truly believe that in moments like that, adrenaline kicks in and we’re capable of feats of enormous strength.

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Sarah May 24, 2010

You really have had some crazy runs lately! What a scary situation, you handled it so well! it must be all those green monsters that gave you the popeye strength to pull that bike up!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 24, 2010

Ohmigosh Ange that had to be so scary. Thank goodness you were there!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 24, 2010

Oh my GOSH. How scary!!!! Wow…you must have been so freaked out. You definitely are stronger than you think. In more ways that one. As are we all :-)

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Kelley May 24, 2010

I’ve been in that situation a couple of times! It’s always really scary!

The first time, I motorcycle hit a car! I was the first one there and used my Gym Towel as a pillow for him!

The second time, a bicyclist hit a pedestrian, and he really scraped up his head! (He should have had a helmet on!) And I called 911 and helped him stay calm til the medics came.

Scary! You’re a hero!

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Allison @ Food For Healing May 24, 2010

that so scary and brave of you.
i have never been in that situation but its crazy how when the adrenaline gets pumping the things that one person can do to save someone/help someone.

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KelseyJ May 24, 2010

Wow! It’s a good thing that there are people out there like you who can react so quickly to a scary situation like that! :)

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 24, 2010

oh my ….great work on the run – but what a scary situation to come across :(

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Mama Pea May 24, 2010

You ARE a hero. That is amazing that you were able to lift that bike, and I just think you should feel so proud that you even tried to help. A lot of people wouldn’t intervene. Bless you!

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