Tonight’s run started and stayed pretty damn good right up to the end. So before we get to that let’s do something fun! I was tagged by Charissa to participate in a running survey/ questionnaire. So here we go!
1) Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?
Can I compromise and say dirt roads?? I run mostly on roads but love trails. However I run a little crazy on trails and that probably wouldn’t be a good idea all the time. :)
2) Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?
Late afternoon to early evening. It’s partly due to my work schedule and partly due the fact that I love sleep. I am so not a morning person. Even races can be rough.
3) Weather: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?
Warm! Crazy, I know but once I adjust to it, I love high 70’s-low 80’s. However for races I would prefer it to be in the 60’s. But I know the way I see the seasons going, I will be running in 90-100 sooner than later.
4) Fuel: Before, After, and sometimes during?
Runner fail. :( I don’t fuel before morning runs and rarely during long runs. I usually have something with me when I am doing more than 10 miles but I rarely ever use it. My stomach makes those choices and I’ve learned to listen to it. For runs over 6 miles, I run with Skratch instead of water and I take Gatorade for races. It’s odd but it works for me.
5) Accessories: Music, Watch & More?
My Garmin is a must, I love tracking those numbers. I also always have my phone, my inhaler and my pepper spray. I always listen to music but only keep one ear bud in and keep the music low. Man, that’s a lot of things.
6) Rewards: Food, Wine, or …?
Food!!! I love food. :) I celebrate most races with a good burger and fries. We have a couple of great local burger places. :)
7) Type of run: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or recovery/easy?
Progression. Tempos and intervals always seem harder and stress me out. I like how a progression can start pretty easy and pick it up along the way.
Single-tracked Mind They count for 2!
Alrighty, back to today. My stomach was a little asshat today but no worse than it has been off and on since this stupid “flare”. Seriously, it’s almost been a year. Ugh. My training plan called for a 15 minute warm-up, 2×2 tempo miles with a 3 minute jog in between, followed by a 15 minute cool down. I knew that was unlikely the way my stomach was feeling so I was optimistically aiming for an easy 4. It was in the low 80’s when I got to the lake and it felt awesome. Somewhere along the line I decided to see what I could handle. After a warm up mile, I threw in a mile at tempo pace. Then to give my stomach a little break I walked .10 mile and then ran another tempo mile. And repeat. The miles felt comfortably hard and my stomach was cooperating. I made sure to take a break between all 3 tempo miles just to keep it happy. After a .75 mile cool down, I was at 5 miles and called it for the day. I felt pretty good and was stoked about the times I hit for the 3 tempo miles. I as on the back side of the lake so I figured I would walk back to my car the long way around. I would stretch along the way and I wanted a few pictures because it just looked so pretty. The ducks are coming and it was kind of fun running with them flying overhead. I took a few then I was on my way. I didn’t get very far before I was hunched over trying not to scream. I felt like someone had stabbed me in the left side. I figured I could breathe through it- nope. Tried to walk it out- I could barely stand up straight -walking was barely happening. I sat on some playground equipment to wait it out but it didn’t help. It took me more than 20 minutes to make it the 3/4 of a mile back to my car. Once there I finally did let myself moan and curse out loud. I also googled which side your appendix is on. I knew it was the right but it hurt so bad, I figured if I was wrong I was driving myself to the ER. I wasn’t wrong. So, what, the gas pains from hell?! Yeah, tmi, sorry. Now I’ve had gas pains before but this was ridiculous. I could barely walk, I was hunched over the whole walk back to my car. But now, I feel better. Not great but back to where I was before. I don’t think it was the running that did it, I felt fine, I made sure to check in with myself. I did go back to my old medication today, so maybe the switch didn’t go so well? It figures it happens the day after I see my gastro but we have a whole new plan to start next week..so yay?
What are your running favorites?
Ever have the side ache from hell?