Tuesday, April 28, 2009

20 miles were a lot different than I expected.

So finally I ran a 20 miler. I didn't know what to expect, and to finish was not what I expected at all. I still can't believe I actually did it. Part of me thinks that little Claude was lying to me, like my nike plus used to, the little cheater, but alas 20 miles down in the books. So I don't want to toot my own horn and I know some of you run this all the time, but it was a big first for me, and there were a lot of things that happened on the way that I knew I would HAVE to share with you guys.

The night before I just kept telling myself that I could do it. I wasn't scared of it, and I knew if I had to walk, crawl or slog my way through it, I could at least try. I got up at 6 am and wanted to take off at 6:30. I had a muffin, three shot blok and got my fuel belt ready. I packed in three bloks to have at the 4 miler make. It started off great. I was really amp'ing myself up over it. I kept telling myself that I COULD do it, and I WOULD do it. Repeating something in your head is really helpful. I was going to run an 8 mile loop, a 4 mile loop the opposite way, and then the 8 mile loop that I ran earlier. Each end of the loop was going to pass by my house because I hadn't had time to get the extra pouch for my fuel belt yet so I was just going to grab my gus from home.

The farthest I've ever ran before this weekend was only about 17.6 miles, and there were a lot of breaks in between since I ran the 10k and ran to the starting line and home after. I started off wearing my arm warmers, shorts and a t-shirt. I felt very good for the first 7 miles. I didn't look down at Claude to see my pace, I just let myself go, and enjoyed the fresh beginning of a new day. I was instantly in the 'zone' and every mile ticked down I just though to myself, "Okay, that's only 18 left, now 17 left, now 16 left." I ate shot bloks at mile 4, this was of course when a nice old guy was running by me and he said hello. I was half chewing, half choking, half trying to breath and I mumbled/drooled out a hello back. He probably thought I was some crazy freak.

It was during this time when I started to imagine myself running a full marathon. I started to think of what I was going to wear on race day, what it would be like to cross the finish line. I started to think about all the girls I'm going to be running with from San Fransisco and Oregon, and how excited I am to see everyone and what a great weekend it will be. Then I started to think, well this is my FIRST marathon, I feel like I should dedicate this to someone. I thought about making a shirt that said, "In memory/honor or something along those lines, of my Mom." I thought about putting a picture on the shirt, what I would want it to say. Then I started thinking about this more and more, and I thought about well if I ever make it to Boston, I would much rather dedicate that race to her, or the race I BQ at to her, and I don't know if I want a shirt with her picture on it, or people to feel bad for me, etc. etc. Then my thought process changed to something else and I forgot about that.

Once I got to 8 miles I had to RACE to the bathroom back at my house. I realized this could be an issue, we are going to have to work on that. Then I got three more shot blok and took off again. While at home I also took off my arm warmers. I felt good on the 4 mile loop still and kept counting down the miles. For the first 8+4 loops I didn't listen to music and just enjoyed my run, not caring about my pace. There was one spot where it smelled like a heap of dead fish, and another where it smelled so strongly of bacon. I realized I cannot smell things on my run or they make me gag. I thought I was going to throw up during these smelly points. There was a huge 177 mile relay race going on and I would smile at the racers walking or running by and sometimes encouraged them with something random like, "Way to go!" I'm so original, I know. They were running from Santa Barbara to Dana Point in relay teams. That was kind of exciting.

After four miles, I stopped at home and went to the bathroom yet again. I made sure both my 'home' stops were only three minutes. I took yet another gu and took off to finish this run. At this point it was pretty hot out so I decided to brave the elements and run without a shirt. That is the only way I'm getting back in shape. If I run without a shirt then I feel like I have to do extra sit ups. :) I grabbed my ipod for this last loop of the run as well because I knew this was going to be where I needed distractions. I took off and was into my run about 13 miles. Then in the distance I saw a huge crowd of walkers on the beach path. I knew this wasn't just a random group of walkers, but it had to be yet another organized event. I was interested to see what it was again. I got closer and closer, and realized it was the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. After a little research this morning I realized it wasn't the actual walk, but a Training Mock Walk, but still everyone was wearing pink and excited to be out and walking and raising awareness to breast cancer on this Saturday. It looked like it could be the real walk there were so many people.

Unexpectedly, I all of a sudden felt my heart start to burn with a familiar hurt, and my breathing was hard. This is when I lost it. I started crying. It was mile 14, I had 6 more to go and I was crying while running next to these walkers. My nose was sniffling and I was just looking down and reminding myself to keep going. To keep putting one foot in front of the other one. They were walking against the route I was running and all saw me crying while running along. Though I had my music on I could hear my breathing and it was weird like shallow wheezing.

I had done the Avon 3-day walk when my mom was still alive my junior year in High School. I had worn the pink gear, I had walked the 60 miles, and my mom (and entire family) were there supporting me through the entire thing. It was a great experience and seeing these women walking was just inspiring and it reminded me so much of my mom it turned me into a wheezing/running/crying mess.

I kept telling myself to suck it up and stop crying, but I couldn't. It was a weird weird mile. I hate crying in front of other people and I just took some deep breaths and kept running. I remember feeling a tear go down my cheek and I thought to myself, really, REALLY you are seriously CRYING?! Then, just as quickly as I started choking up, I stopped crying and was okay to finish the run. The last 6 miler were good. It was once I got to mile 17, I was hurting, my butt was killing me. I have never even felt pain in my butt when I run at all. I got back to my house and thought about my run. I had completed it, I had broke down in the middle and still kept going. Sometimes that's all you need to keep going. I took an ice bath and then showered and laid in my bed for some time watching the Penn Relays and the NFL draft.


I think it reminded me so much of my mom and how she would be so proud of me for running a full marathon. It reminded me so much of how many people are affected by breast cancer, and how many people we need to find a cure for. I'm sure people were like WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH THIS GIRL. When you are tired, and running, and crying, it's hard to breathe.

Doing this run brought so many emotions out, looking back on it now, I would have NEVER expected that something like that would remind me of my mom, none the less make me cry and break down in the middle of a long run. It also made me realize that I can run a full marathon. I was beginning to get nervous and I know the brutalness of a full marathon doesn't even come until the 20th mile, but you know what, bring it on. If you go in with the attitude that it's going to be too hard, that you won't like it, that it's going to stink, that you're hurt, that you can't do it, guess what...

It is going to be too hard, you won't like it, it is going to stink, you will be hurt and you won't be able to do it.

I've played this mental game with myself, and almost got caught up in it again last night. Sunday after the 20 miler was my scheduled rest day and last night when I got home it was cold. I was exhausted and didn't want to run, but decided to go out to 'loosen up' I planned to run a four miler but when I started I was incredibly sore. I didn't even realize how sore I was. I told myself that I HAD to do four miles, and that if they were slow or fast they were going to get done, so I ran 2 miles out away from my house so I couldn't go back after two miles. After the first mile, I had gotten rid of my sore stiffness and was chugging along and knew that I would be fine for four miles. So fine that my last mile was 7:45. I had to allow myself a chance for success.

The two weeks leading up to my 20 miler, I probably put in about 8 miles in each of those weeks. Believing in yourself works wonders. Running is hard, it's just a mental game of pushing yourself to your personal limit. It's not easy, but no one ever said anything that was worth it was easy. Allow yourself to succeed.

xoxo

92 comments:

Marge said...

Way to go sister. You are amazing! I don't know that I could have kept going after your encounter with the walkers. I think it's amazing the way that running can teach us about ourselves. I'm not running the distances you are but I remember the first time I ran 5 miles, then 7, and it was amazing. Pushing and believing in yourself is all it takes. I can't wait for your race and to see how you do! ...and 7:45 for the last mile of your 4?!?! Heck yes!

lindsay said...

congrats on your first 20! always a big milestone whether it's your first or 40th. :) great job on the run - you ran strong and pushed through the difficulties in those last few miles. you are gonna rock the marathon!

Lacey Nicole said...

WOW... congrats on your run and this was a great post to read with a few really "hit home" messages.

L.A. Daze said...

Good job on your first 20 miler! That distance is still in the far, far future for me. Lol.

Thanks for sharing your experience of your encounter with the walkers. It's ok, we all cry, and i'm sure they knew why.

*~! megs !~* said...

i am in awe of you!! way to take on your 20 miles and finish it! you are going to OWN this marathon!!

megan said...

Awesome! Congrats!

I have a question about Claude. I have the forerunner 50 (not as hi-tech as Claude) but i was wondering, did you have to calibrate it when you got it? I calibrated mine on a treadmill and now when i run outside i have to take .3 miles off my garmin's distance. If you did calibrate it... how far did you run? 200 meters? 1 mile? Its all kind of confusing to me.

Sorry for the plethora of questions :-(

the gazelle said...

way to go! I haven't done my 1st 20 yet, and I think that's an amazing accomplishment. yay!

Alisa said...

So awesome!

I should have warned you long distance running can be emotional, always is for me. If I'm going out longer than 15 miles I always carry tissues b/c the water works are bound to creep in.

20 miles is quite an accomplishment.

girlrunningaround said...

What an awesome post! Way to go! Great run and great job taking the time to really appreciate it.

Sarah said...

Congrats on your 20 mile run...that is just awesome!!!!! The furthest I have done so far is 10.

I got all choked up and started crying once at the start of a race. My brother had just been deployed to Iraq and at the start of the race they said a prayer for the troops. I was all choked up and fighting back tears for the first mile or so. :)

Kelly said...

Wow. Okay now I'm a little teary eyed. I'm a runner (trying to be) because my mom was a runner. She would have been so proud that I'm about to run a 1/2 and signed up for a full...I really really enjoyed you sharing your 20miler story. Thank you.

And, way to go on 20miles. I'll get there too, eventually. :D

Jeri said...

Great job on the 20 miler!! You're a rockstar.

Tara Gibson said...

WOW.. so impressive girl! Believing in yourself is all it takes!

Nessa said...

You are amazing for defeating that 20 miler, absolutly amazing!!!.. you inspire me to start running again,i think i need the therapy back in my life.

J said...

Congrats! 20 miles is an amazing accomplishment.

PDawg said...

I'm so glad that you're so willing to talk about how hard this is, realistically. I'm glad you're not just 'oh look at me, I ran 20 miles.' What an achievement! Wow. Like I said the other day, I'm just starting out, but I wanted you to know that it means a lot to me to know that it continues to be a mental game. It helps knowing that running continues to be a challenge, and that you can overcome it. Thanks so much for sharing your story, especially so much about your mom and running for her. Awesome!

Mrs. M said...

Wow! That is so incredible! You were able to motivate yourself no matter what!

Amy said...

Great job!!! Woo hoo!

I'm the same way with smells on long runs... I've seriously thrown up on runs before because of smells. Blech.

Marlene said...

We had a speak at my running club recently, an Olympian, and she said "Anything worth doing is hard to do."

Way to rock your 20-miler! You're going to kick marathon a$s.

Sounds like quite a moment with the breast cancer walk. Glad to hear you were able to pull through it.

Marlene said...

P.S. Congratulations!

ShutUpandRun said...

YOU did it! Great job. 20 miles is such a long way to go. Thanks for sharing your adventures along the way.

PunkRockRunner said...

Great run report & don't sweat the crying stuff.

I listen to music during my long runs & marathons and ALWAYS breakdown crying at some point between 20 & 26.2. Most of the time the lyrics of a song will push me over the edge and I just start sobbing.

Keep up the great work!

X-Country2 said...

"really, REALLY you are seriously CRYING?!" Yes, I'm sitting here at my desk crying just reading your story. :o)

26 is a long way, but it's a small step further than 20. Yes, your mother would be extremely proud.

runjen said...

Great post!! Congrats on your run! You are amazing!

runningcommentaries said...

Great job on your 20 miler! I don't think getting emotional is at all strange. After my first 20 miler I went to the movies and cried like a baby through the whole thing for no reason. And, after the 2nd one I ever did I cried and cried and cried when I finished-- for no reason.

You will rock the full marathon. And have fun out there-- you only get your first marathon once.

Amy said...

This is so inspiring! THANK YOU for sharing your run with us. I think it's beautiful that the Avon Walk reminded you of your mom. There's no shame in crying! I think we all would do the same. I've cried on runs for no other reason other than I was exhausted, but you had something a lot more special going on.

Great job on the 20-miler. I look forward to reading more about your training leading up to the marathon.

-Amy

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Awesome job on your first 20-miler! That is an amazing accomplishment. It really is something how having all that time alone on the run will make you think about so many thing and go through so many emotions. To me, that's one of the best parts of long distance running. Great job!

Cindy said...

wow, great job!! it really is as much a mental test as anything, isn't it? and you really conquered it. i wish my mom were alive to see me run my first marathon too. i'm sure we'll both be thinking of our moms during those 26.2 miles.

Tara said...

Amazing job on your 1st 20! great job on pushing through and staying strong. I had my 1st cry last week during a run and it's such a humbling experience and to keep going is what it's all about! Great job on your 4 miler last night..you're last mile was soooo speedy!

You're going to GREAT at SD!!!!

maria k said...

great job! you will never have to run 20 miles again - until the marathon : )

sian said...

Way to go - you are my idol - I will try to conquer 20 miles one day.....love your site

Heather said...

Great job on your 20 miles! You will do awesome at the marathon.

aron said...

YAY danica!!!! you did amazing on your first 20, i still remember mine like it was yesterday :) awesome, awesome job. cannot wait to meet you in SD and be there for your first marathon finish!!!

mak'n Changes said...

What an emotional journey! I am so happy for you!
Cindie

Nicole said...

Running is SUCH a mental game! Its crazy. If your in the right mindset, you can do anything-- but once your attitude goes sour, your out of luck.

7:45?!? GIRL... you will BQ in no time! I realllllyyy wanna come out to cali and run this summer.... ughhhh!

You've inspired my attiude and i'm gonna think of this post at my 1/2 on saturday! Thanks! You ROCK!

P.S. i still need a name for my baby g...

Lucky in Love said...

What a great post! You are an incredible runner and such an inspiration. You mom would be so proud of you for doing what you are doing.

Angry Julie Monday said...

Congrats!

My run coach ran a 20-miler every Sunday before Boston. I don't know how she did it, but she did.

She told me that during a marathon, she dedicates every mile to something. Something she is thankful for, someone who inspired her, etc.

Part of running is getting your style, groove, etc. Finding out what works for you, what doesn't work.

I'm sure that Avon walk brought up a lot of memories of your mom. But just think about what you have accomplished.

Keep up the good work, you are doing great!

Sharneysrun said...

Great job, Danica! It sounds like it was an emotion filled run and you DID IT!!! You will be totally impressive with the marathon :)

LyndsAU said...

you go girl!! you are amazing!! 20 MILES??? That is a serious milestone!! So proud of you! Maybe one day I will be right there with you girl. hugs!

Running Through Life said...

Congrats on your 20 miler! Thanks for sharing your story.

Candice said...

Wow, what a great post. It really hit home for me having just ran my first full on Sunday. Running is such a crazy thing really. It is SO mental and so emotional. The second I turned the corner and saw my mom and the finish line I just started bawling. I didn't even see it coming, but once I got started I couldn't get control myself! Running is such an amazing experience. I know that you are going to totally rock the full! The way you finished out that 20 miler shows your determination. Way to go girl!

Joey said...

Way to go on your first 20! You will be great when you run your marathon!

I Love Your Whole Face said...

The 20 mile run is by far the hardest. It is smooth sailing from now on. You should be so proud of yourself!!

Jesse said...

Congrats on your first 20 miler. Now that you've got that one down, I bet 26.2 with crowd support the whole way will be no problem at all!

Billy Burger said...

Great job Danica. There is no right or wrong way - whatever helps you make it through those 20 and beyond is what you need to focus on. The bathroom issue is something I'd try and figure out though. Assessing diet, trigger points, etc.

Without having set foot on the starting line, no doubt mom's already very proud of you. Congrats again on the distance PR. Sorry I won't be there to see you kick butt in San Diego though!

Niki said...

Very inspiring post! Great job on the 20 miler! You ar awesome:)

RunToFinish said...

i get really emotional sometimes during long runs.. I think it's probably like the adrenaline and stuff..plus you have time to THINK.

you did it, isn't that just an overwhelming feeling!! I love it!!

Ashley said...

First off, I started tearing up when I read about your break down. I can only imagine the emotions you were feeling at the time and I'm sure the women that passed you completely understood where you were coming from, without even having to exchange words with you.

Secondly, you are a rock star for running 20 MILES all on your own without a buddy or team to keep you going! That is awesome! I don't think I ever would have made it through a long run without a buddy with me.

The Shabby Princess said...

You rock!!! I have never even come close to 20 miles, but, every milestone is worth celebrating (heck, I'm just proud of myself for sticking with my half marathon training plan and running 8 miles on Saturday), so, congrats!!! You will kick that full marathon's booty!

chartley8 said...

Congratulations Chic Runner! Way to tell the story...like I was really there! (and feeling the pain...boo) You are a machine. Chet

Bob Hazen said...

Great run - Great story. Running always brings the best out of a person.

Donald said...

Way to knock out the 20-miler! That's a big milestone. It sounds like you're quickly figuring out the mental aspect of distance running as well. That will carry you a long way.

Kristi said...

Congrats on your 20 miler, that is amazing!

I am just starting to do 5K's and your blog is so inspiring!

Good luck at the marathon!!

L. Elizabeth said...

congratulations! thats awesome.
I have my first 10 mile race this weekend and i am nervous but excited.

way to go!

emily_howard said...

Wow, you rock girl! That is so awesome that you pushed yourself through the 20 miles, you can do anything and I am sure your Mom would be sooooo incredibly proud of you!

Kim said...

YAY for you!! You did awesome!

Isn't it amazing what some long miles will do to your emotions?? This week I'll be running my 20th marathon and I have gotten emotional during almost all of them at some point during the race.

You have SUCH a great attitude. You are going to ROCK your marathon. It's SO MUCH about the 'tude and you already have that pegged!

Stuart said...

Great job! Remember the first 20 miles you run with your body, the last 10k you run with your heart, and you heart is way big enough!

Two weeks to go keep smiling and don't panic!

Kristen said...

Great job on your first 20!! I have my first this Sunday and I am little nervous but it is all mental.

You will do great in SD!

Janice {Run Far} said...

Great job.

A few years ago while training for the Salt Lake City marathon I was running my first 20 miler with my sister and by the time I got to mile 19 I sat down and cried on the curb... I was so done... I couldn't imagine how I was going to make it back to the house. after about a min, my sister looked and me and said " are you finished?" I said "Yes" and off we went... best mile of the entire day.

d.a.r. said...

You are really amazing.

Oz Runner said...

way to go on the 20-miler! that is a long way to run, and a big milestone, you should be very proud...that marathon better look out when it sees you coming!

Susan said...

Congrats on your first 20 miler! That's so awesome that you were able to push through all the emotions and finish so strong. 7:45 is an awesome mile time! I can't wait to hear about your marathon finish!

joyRuN said...

The 20-milers get better from here :)

Profound & excellent post, girl!

Great job!!

Natalie D said...

You did great on the 20! nice job!

FLYERS26 said...

Awesome job !!!
20 miles is quite an acomplishment, especially if you haven't been putting in the miles prior to it.

Amber said...

Way to go!

This post is so inspiring!! I felt a lot of emotions when I ran 12 miles a couple of weeks ago (the run that made me realize I CAN complete the half-marathon). I'm so glad you managed to get through it and complete it, and then run another four miles the next night!! Good job!

h-bomb said...

Congrats! 20 is amazing. p.s. having to stop for potty breaks is my greatest fear. I'll never be able to do a marathon based on that alone.

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

Wow, you are so focused and motivated! Your going to be great in that marathon girl:)

kristen said...

Running can make me emotional too. I am so proud of you for sticking with it. I'm sure your mom was working through you and getting you through it. Great job!

J said...

talking to yourself and giving yourself that positive talk and reinforcement really does help! I am so glad that you made it through the run! I know what you mean with the emotions just coming on, I felt that way yesterday!

jlc said...

If you didn't post pictures, I wouldn't think you were real!!

You are unbelievable!! Congrats girl!!

Wearing Mascara said...

I read this from start to finish :-) AWESOME post! I am so proud of you and your 20 miles! WOW! Keep up the great work and continue to write about it :-) YOU'RE SUCH an inspiration!

BumbleBeeRunning said...

Wow, great job! That is such an awesome accomplishment- so inspirational!

Jodi said...

Way to go! Your mom would be so very proud of you. I can't believe you ran 20...well, actually, I can - you are awesome. So proud of you, and can't wait 'til your marathon!

Run For Life said...

Woot, you did it!!! I always get emotional on my long runs, too...I blame it on hormones, haha.

In all seriousness, I'm sure your mom is so proud of you. You are certainly right that you have to push yourself and try to stay positive in order to see what you can accomplish.

Denise said...

You're a rock star!! What a great post. I remember how great it felt to run my first 14 miler, then 18, then 20...then the marathon. It's an unbelievable feeling and you should be SO proud of yourself. The runs can be great or trying and you definitely pushed through that one. Dedicate your first marathon to your mom...you'll never forget your first one. Easy or hard, you first will be such a HUGE accomplishment.

D10 said...

Nice job on the 20. You did it and you are ready for the marathon. All the time alone when on a long run can make you think a lot. I have gotten chocked up before on my runs and can only imagine what I must look like from those passing by.

Jenny said...

Nice job on that 20 miler!! Great post!

E said...

fantastic job! loved reading this post. i have yet to do the 20 miler (i'm running the SD marathon too- my first one) but it's coming and i need to get myself mentally ready. you are going to do so well- you've done a great job on your training! keep up the hard work and thanks for such an inspiring post!

Jamie said...

great job on the 20 miler!!! 20 is an amazing accomplishment and emotional journey.

i lost my mom about 6 years ago and it always surprises me what will get me crying especially when on a run. it seems running makes me more of an emotional wreck.

Jamie said...

Ohhh good tip.. yes I have corse thick hair and it does hold a curl but mostly at the bottom. I have trouble getting it to stay at the top and in the middle. I have a flat iron but its the wider kind.

Ms. V. said...

I'm really proud of you. That was an amazing report. I love the stopping at your house...Somehow I thought you had already done a marthon. Will have to look around on your blog to find out what you're running!!

WTG girl!

Julianne said...

Great job on your first 20 miler!! You did great. Can't wait to see how you do on your first marathon!!

P.O.M. said...

Yeah girlie I"m soooooooooo soooooooooo proud of you! I knew you could do it. And crying during your training run is actually good practice. I guarantee you will cry on marathon day. I cried at mile 22 and almost had an asmtha attack. Those long distances really bring out a lot of emotions. I know your mom is so proud of you!

Carlee said...

You totally just motivated me. My 20-miler has been coming up and now injuries and stomach flus have left my weeks SHORT on mileage. It's good to know you did a great job on yours with similar running ahead of time. I was beginning to think I ruined my shot at the marathon...Thanks

Marisa said...

What an amazing experience. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and your mom was running right along with you. :)

The Laminator said...

Very nice post, ChicRunner. Kudos to you for your first 20 miler. I'm glad you had such a cathartic experience for you and you got it done. I've had many emotional experiences on my long runs where things get fuzzy or poignant at mile 18 and you think of things you never would have thought of otherwise.

As an aside, of course you can do a FULL marathon...if you can run 20 miles, you can run a marathon. Remember it's all a matter of perspective and you are one tough woman, so nothing can really stop you buy you.

Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us. It's really inspiring!

Glenn Jones said...

"Allow yourself to succeed" - great quote! It's pretty darn near the top of my list of all time quotes. It's right up there with a quote from Doyle Brunson (poker player) I use to motivate myself whenever I'm down on life - "Don't worry about losing. Worry about winning."

Congrats on the 20. It's a big milestone. Hope to see you this weekend.

Melanie said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. Way to go on your first 20-miler! It's a huge accomplishment!

Marathon Maritza said...

What an emotional, first 20-miler...but I am so proud of you for finishing it! Great job!

THat mental toughness will DEFINITELY help you in the marathon, believe me! :)

Full of Heart said...

What an amazing accomplishment! Sometimes the little things, like doing 20 miles on your own, are so much bigger than the really big things like doing a marathon race.
I've found that when it comes to things like being upset about your parent's death (my dad died when I was 15) it can hit you at the randomest times ever, and be triggered by things you'd never expect. In fact you being triggered by the group walking is much more normal than things I usually get triggered by!

Katie Marie said...

what a great blog. you were really 'in the moment for this'. my last race, a 5k Susan Komen in Central Park was similar. I get goose bumps at the parts when you think of your mom..everytime I ran next to a survivor..how can you not just pull from within.

But that was a 5k. not 20 miles. wow nice job!!

Second, I ran a 5k a couple yrs ago on a busy road (Saturday morning, fast food places cooking away)..and almost had to stop because of the SMELLS. EEK!

Never heard of another person having this issue but it KILLS me. I know I cannot run long distances on busy roads with food smells in particular. yick. So you are not alone!!

CONGRATS.