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Runner's Diary: Leslie Rude


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Training is going well.

I’m starting to notice a little bit of soreness and muscle aches. My knees are starting to get sore. It’s not a pain that’s keeping me from running — just a soreness.

The high point of my recent training was practicing the triathlon bike distance and then doing a 5K right after that to prepare for my running role in the Columbus Challenge Olympic Triathlon. That was just a new type of challenge that I haven’t felt yet, and it felt really good. It was physically one of the hardest things I’ve done. Your legs feel like you have a bag of bricks tied to them.

I don’t really think there’s been a low point yet, but does there need to be? I’ve just been a little wary of my knee right now. Instead of running, I did a workout video.

I traveled recently to Panama City Beach for a youth retreat with The Ridge. I wasn’t sure how training would work out there, as I would be busy with the activities and supervising.

It was all about finding other people who wanted to run, too. Since a lot of the teenagers that came down were part of the cross-country team, that wasn’t a problem. They sought us out, asking how they can get a run scheduled because they would need a leader to go with them.

It was just really convenient that so many on the trip wanted to get that done. I don’t think I could have mapped everything out myself, and I would have felt really uncomfortable.

There was one day when we set out for a 5-mile run in a soft drizzle. We got the farthest from our hotel, right at 2.5 miles, when we were turning around to head back, and that’s when it really started to pick up. It was the kind of rain that actually hurts when it hits you. The wind was whipping through the palm trees, and I heard one person say, “I think it’s getting pretty bad.”

We could barely hear each other, but we were snickering and giggling. I was almost horizontal leaning into the wind. But there was a small voice in my head saying I could get through this. It could be kind

of good.

But that was not the weirdest experience I had training. When Glyn Price and I ran 7.5 miles on Carr Hill Road (ugh, pain), we saved a turtle that was in the middle of the road.

The next challenge is a trip to New Orleans, I’ll be there for five or six days. I’ve talked to somebody that has been there several times, and we compared where our hotels were and his running route. I’m taking the exact route that he took, where he and his wife felt safe. It’s basically just a straight shot that goes right along the water.

Any new big city where I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t want to run alone. I just need to be cautious. After looking at the route, I feel a lot better going into this.

The Republic will be following Leslie Rude in her preparation for the Sept. 27 Mill Race Marathon. Look for her next runner’s diary July 20.

Contact Rude for tips, advice or encouragement at leslieannrude@gmail.com.

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