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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katie May 24, 2010

WOW GIRL THIS IS AMAZING!! What a blessing you are! God totally used you!!! you ROCK ang!!

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 24, 2010

Oh my goodness – they say everything happens for a reason, right? So glad to hear that – aside from some injuries – that everyone survived that accident. :( That’s reason 12345678-2034 that motorcycles scare me. I’m glad you had a successful run though!!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 24, 2010

i said it before, but i’ll say it again…your runs have been IN-SANE lately! i don’t think i’ve ever been in an emergency situation like that, but one time i got in a wreck with a pregnant lady who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. it was really scary, but she and the baby were fine!

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Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine May 24, 2010

Oh my!! What an amazing experience- how great that you were there to help and somehow became a Superwoman by lifting that bike! (Not that you already aren’t a super woman :) ). I bet they were so grateful for you being there!

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Julie @savvyeats May 24, 2010

Wow, Ange. So glad you were able to help! And lift such a heavy bike…Adrenaline is an amazing thing!

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Melleah May 24, 2010

Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Those people were very lucky that you happened to be running their way.

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christina cadden May 24, 2010

Sounds like you were a big help! Glad you were able to help and good job on your run!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 24, 2010

Good for you for thinking quick and taking action, that must have been scary!!

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Kacy May 24, 2010

Oh my gosh, thank goodness you were there! You are a hero today!

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Annie May 24, 2010

Oh my gosh, what a story. I’m so glad you were able to be there at the right time to help!

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erica May 24, 2010

OMG! talk about adrenaline rush! (you sure you’re not a cullen?—sorry, my lame twilight joke) they were lucky you were there!!! hope they’re ok!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2010

I need to see twilight!!!!

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genevieve May 24, 2010

awesome run!!! ice baths look terrible…my boyfriend swears by them after every long run. I was doubtful of their strength until he qualified for boston and immediately ran into the freezing ocean to celebrate (an impromptu ice bath!) He barely limped the next day…hopefully it will help you after todays run and your heroics! I love your blog!

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Danielle (Runs on Green) May 24, 2010

That’s so scary!! It’s true- when adrenaline is pumping, crazy things are possible. I hope they’re both ok :(

And congrats on the run! Props for taking an ice bath…I’m too much of a baby :)

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Wei-Wei May 24, 2010

I am absolutely amazed by your courage. This is EXACTLY why we keep coming back to your lovely blog… you’re a beautiful, strong, courageous person and an inspiration to ALL of us. I’m so proud of you. WE’RE so proud of you.

I hope your arm feels better soon. (Ice bath… ouch!)

Wei-Wei

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Nichole May 24, 2010

Wow. I think that’s I can muster up to say. Amazing pics, crazy story, but most of all you’re absolutely awesome for helping.

Sidenote, Camelbacks are the only way to go. I did hills in the heat this weekend, agh it’s going to be a long summer:)

That giveaway is sweet to top it all off.

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Emily May 24, 2010

Isn’t it amazing how things can go from A-OK one minute to crazy the next? I’m so glad that you were able to help. I’m sure the couple is very happy as well.

Have a great night!

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Sarah (OC2Seattle May 24, 2010

WOW! Was it fate, destiny, chance that got you running to the end of the street? Who knows, but those people must be so thankful you were there. You are a true hero!

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MarathonVal May 24, 2010

Wow Angela, amazing job on that act of bravey today! You are incredible!

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Lisa May 24, 2010

What a great post, how thankful that you were there to help those people!

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Lauren May 24, 2010

OMG girl, you have been having some of the most intense runs! First with the creeper and now with this!!!! I only hope that something monumental will occur for you during this 1/2! :)

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Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ May 24, 2010

Wow you strong lady, I’m so glad you were their to help them.

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Jen @ Happy Heart, Happy Mind May 24, 2010

Wow! What an amazing story!!!!! They were so lucky you decided to run that particular route! Things really do happen for a reason! I just told my husband about you lifting the motorcycle off of them and he was also amazed!

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Marcia May 24, 2010

Angela, you are amazing. Truly, that story brought tears to my eyes.

Good luck on your half. You will do awesome.

and that salad…yum!!

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Camille May 24, 2010

Oh my gosh! You are a hero!

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Lizzie May 24, 2010

You are a superstar!! A similar thing happened to me a couple of years ago on my way to a dance class. Two cars collided at an intersection near my apartment. One guy was wandering around in shock, so I got him to sit down and gave him some of my water. Someone had already called 9-1-1 and it was a good thing, b/c my hands were shaking I would have pressed all the wrong numbers!

That was an amazing thing that you did and Eric should be super proud of you!!

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Kris May 24, 2010

WOW!!! Way to go! :) So proud of you for doing such a great job helping those people!!! :)

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 24, 2010

That couple is so lucky that you were there! Scary!!!

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jewel@fit-and-fabulous-jewel May 24, 2010

Incredible! You were in the right place at the right time, that is for sure! So impressive how you were able to think clearly and pull the bike off of them! I probably would have freaked out totally!

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Me-Linh May 24, 2010

That is so awesome you were there. If you weren’t…well…let’s just say again it was such good timing you were there!! That’s amazing you were able to lift the motorcycle off of them. There needs to be more people like you in the world during crisis situations

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Gena May 24, 2010

You’ve been having quite the interesting runs lately, missy! Way to be a hero!

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mary May 24, 2010

Angela I’m SO proud of you and the fact that you were an amazing first responder. As a Nurse I’m incredibly impressed and so so proud.

You ARE stronger than you think :)

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Kelly May 24, 2010

Oh my gosh, Angela! That’s insane! Go you – you’re a hero! :)

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Rachael May 24, 2010

Adrenaline is an amazing substance, indeed. Way to be a superhero!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 24, 2010

Oh wow, you are amazing Angela!! Your runs are getting more and more crazy haha! Unfortunately.. but thank the Lord you were there to help them!!!!

And call me crazy but I don’t really mind ice baths.. maybe I’m insane!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 24, 2010

Oh my goodness – that is so scary! I am glad you were there to help – I am proud of you girl!!

You are absolutely stronger than you could ever imagine.

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amethyst May 24, 2010

Amazing, Angela! You are a star… and a tower of strength! How fantastic for the couple that you were able to do that. I wish you a super-speedy recovery! Have you ever tried ‘rescue remedy’ (a homeopathic Bach flower essence combination) for a shock situation? Arnica is one of my star remedies, too… Perhaps all you did straight afterwards will do the trick though… hope so! A x

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2010

No I havent but it sounds interesting!

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KerrforLife May 24, 2010

You continure to inspire me everyday! Great story. I strongly believe everything in life happens for a reason.

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Amber K May 24, 2010

How incredibly scary, but you sure jumped into action! I bet they were so glad you were there!

Great job on getting out there and running even when you didn’t really feel like you wanted to!

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Dominique May 24, 2010

Sometimes things happen for a reason. It really is a great thing that you decided to continue your run to the end of the street. When things like that happen to me, I tend to think it’s intuition.

BF and I witnessed an accident earlier this winter. We were driving back to his place in Stouffville and didn’t realize there was black ice on the road until an SUV in the opposite direction did a U-turn (not on purpose) and t-boned the car right in front of us. BF and I got out, BF called 911 while I checked out the driver in the car in front of us. The SUV had two people in the car who were both stuck in there because their car was in a ditch on the verge of toppling over on the other car. We waited until the ambulance and police cars showed up (there was actually an off-duty police officer on the road nearby) and let them know what had happened and then they let us on our way. It was a pretty scary thing to see though…after that I stayed the night at BF’s house because the roads were just too unsafe.

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Ilana May 24, 2010

1- OMG!!! at the accident! I read your tweet about that this afternoon and have been dying to know! Jeez!! Life is so crazy.
2- I love how, sometimes, all you need is a REALLY GREAT SONG to get you moving.

As ever, you are amazing! Thank you, really, for blogging and for everything you do to be an inspiration.

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