An Abbreviated Long Run

I start a new class in a little less than 2 weeks and unfortunately it falls on Wednesday nights.  Boo!  So last week NikeC and I moved gym nights to Thursdays.   We were hoping that it might be a little less busy but instead it looked like everyone was trying to get in one last workout before the weekend.    We weren’t able to warm up on the ARC Trainers so we tried the stationary bikes.  We used the recumbent ones, so I was wondering how much of a workout it would be.   I was sweating within 8 minutes- ok maybe a bit of a workout.  20 minute warm-up- 4 miles-done.  Then it was onto the circuit room, which was busy.  There was even 2 grunters in the circuit room, using the machines in very odd ways.  For the most part, everyone was using the room right, woo hoo!   After a good work out there, we moved onto to the ab room.  I admit I have zero skill there and always do my crunches wrong, so I hung out on the ab roller.   It’s kind of fun and I could totally feel my abs (sore!) the next day.  I also posted my very first throwback Thursday pic- and got the hashtag wrong.  #fail  But anyways, I finally found a pic of my very first race-throwbackI worked this Saturday, so I was able to go in later on Friday.   I was super excited about this because I wanted to get my 10 miler done in the morning, that way I could have a lazy weekend of a rest day and a 6 miler.    I slept until a little after 7 before getting up.   I was feeling off but told myself I was just trying to be lazy.  After getting ready, I knew it was a little more than that, so I ended up crawling back in bed.    Now if you knew me really well, you would know that I have a few idiosyncrasies, or neurotic tendencies as my mother likes to call them.  One of those is to only get in bed after a shower, even if it’s 3 in the morning and I am dead tired, I take a shower first.  Even the few times I have come home sick from work, I take a shower first.  My mother tells me I am going to be single forever.   🙂   I say it’s a holdover from all those Taco Bell years and coming home smelling like a burrito. 8-8The fact that I crawled into bed full of sunblock; I probably should have skipped the run.   But after a little more sleep, I dragged myself out the door.  I was under fueled and under hydrated, so I brought along some Gatorade and made sure to keep it slow.   For once I had zero trouble following through with a longer warm up.  🙂  It was warmer than I would have liked for 9 in the morning, but it was not a horrible run.   All in all, 10K done and I was still glad I made myself get out the door.

And the Garmin had issues tracking again.
And the Garmin had issues tracking again.

Even though my long run failed, I still treated Saturday as a rest day.   My left leg has been a little more sore than usual, so rest sounded good.  Plus after getting off work and running the usual errands, I decided to go see Guardians of the Galaxy.  Have I mentioned I am serious nerd for the Marvel movies?    seriously that Disneyland Avengers Half would awesome but I would need to sell a kidney for it.  🙂  Anyhow, the movie was really good and I indulged in too much popcorn.  Yummy.  And I still had Sunday for that 10 miler.   Well, that was the plan…

Anyone have any odd idiosyncrasies out there?

Anyone else seen Guardians? Thoughts?

How was your weekend?


13 Comments on “An Abbreviated Long Run

  1. I love the Marvel movies, but can’t convince my wife to go see it with me. I’m still working on that.

    That’s funny about your Taco Bell smell. My second job was scooping ice cream. You wouldn’t think that ice cream smells, but I would definitely smell like ice cream when I got home.


    • I ended up dragging my mother to it and she is not a huge Marvel fan but she really liked it. I think I’d put it in my top 3 Marvel movies.

      Hmmm, I guess ice cream does have a smell, that would be a bummer if I started to hate that. Ice cream is too yummy!


  2. I’ve worked in fast food and dish washing, so I know all about gross work smells!

    When I first started distance running, one of my veteran runner friends told me “sometimes, a long run is just something to check off your list.” They either go really well or they suck. But either way, they will make you glad in the end: you’re either glad it went so awesomely, or just glad you got it over with!


    • Yeah, they definitely linger with you when you go home!

      I find that most of my longer runs end up just being a check mark, however this week, I couldn’t even get that far.


  3. I’m glad you rested. Definitely always rest if you’re sore. Great job on the 10K though! I know for me sometimes getting out the door is the hardest part and then I’m always so glad I went. 🙂


    • Thanks! I am getting the feeling that rest and I need to get a little better acquainted this week. 😦 Why is getting out the door so hard? Rationally, the sooner you go the sooner it’s done, but that never seems to work. 🙂


  4. Wait, did you work at Taco Bell or just eat there alot? 😉 I used to work in a movie theater…I ended up hating the smell of popcorn on my work clothes so much that I stored them in the basement. I had a friend once who came from Hershey, PA….he hated the smell of chocolate.


    • Both, haha! 10 years was a long time. Yeah I can see popcorn not smelling so great after awhile, but then maybe that would help me eat less when I go to the movies. 🙂


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