Ever have one of those runs that makes you feel crazy? Today’s run went something like this–
Yay, the sun is shining- oh more geese, but they don’t look cranky today, that’s good- wow, this feels hard, maybe I’m running too fast- check watch- oh a 10 minute mile, not so tempo-ok, let’s make this an easy run- well that’s assuming I can finish this second lap- man this kicking my butt, 3 is good right- left, right, left- take deep breathes- just keep going- ok, 3 miles done, I can do 1 more right?- this is not easy- man, it’s hot-get over it, it’s like 60, big baby- man why is this so hard- yeah Saturday was 11 miles not 8 but 3 were slow walking- did I foam roll? I can’t remember- I took Sunday off, I should be fine- it is Monday and work was busy but aren’t all Mondays?- Maybe I too much popcorn last night- did I eat enough today- I did start earlier, but I took a full lunch, so those cancel out right?-hey look, sprinklers! Can I run though them?- Water sounds really good right now, why didn’t I bring any?- Yay 4 miles! But I’m on the other side of the lake- If I keep running, I will get to my car quicker- just keep running, just keep breathing- man, I feel hot- even the nasty lake water looks inviting- on second thought, not so much- oh thank god, the parking lot- pause watch- oh wait, 4.70 miles- I can run a bit further right?- I can finish 5- oh this sucks-what was I thinking- I should have quit at 3-just keep breathing- yay the watch vibrated!- 5 and done- where’s water- I should stretch-ooh, my splits kind of look like a pyramid.
So, I was just a tad unfocused during tonight’s run. Throughout the day I was undecided about what I would run. I was torn between 4 miles of downhill-uphill in work town or a 5 mile tempo at the lake path. I had my Wave Rider’s, so I was hoping for a repeat of last week’s great speed work out and I headed to the lake. While work had been long (I started early) and crazy busy; we managed to get out on time. The sun was shining and the weather looked great, so I started my drive. I was still excited when I got to the lake, but it didn’t take long to lose that energy. After the first mile, I mentally changed from the planned tempo to an easy run but it was rough the whole way through. I should have quit at 3; I really should have. I also should have taken water. What good is my shiny new handheld if I don’t use it? As I was stretching, I figured out that it was actually in the mid 80’s. At 7:00 pm… oops. That’s not even a newbie mistake, just me being stupid.
Overall, the pace didn’t suck. I drove home remembering all the times I ran 12:00 minute miles just wishing I could break 10. This may have been a less than stellar run but overall it’s still an improvement. 🙂 I managed a long slow run of 8 miles on Saturday. 8 miles at 10:18- that used to be my 5k race pace, so that’s a plus. After those 8 miles, I headed out for another 3 with my mom and the puppy. So Saturday was an 11 mile day, yowza. Nothing to complain about there.
I took Sunday off but it wasn’t exactly restful. I headed down to SLO to browse hardwood options with my mother. Hit Dick‘s and finally chose a new gym bag. Had a yummy lunch before heading back to town to go to a friends BBQ. I got to hang out with Baby G for a bit 🙂 She has gotten so big; she walks and dances now! I went home to do some laundry, then I joined my mom at the school. They’re doing construction so she needed help moving all of her tennis stuff. (Can we count that as strength training? Ha!) That was followed by a quick dinner before going to the theater to see Captain America. Which was awesome, but I may have indulged in a little too much popcorn. It was worth it. 🙂
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