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?
24 thoughts on “Running Favorites and a Rough End”
Oh what an awful way to finish!! 😦
Are you feeling better today??
Yeah, that wasn’t fun! Feeling mostly better, just a little ache. But I’ll take that over yesterday! 🙂
Ohhhhh yay to the burger and fries!!! You like warm weather running … girl you are much better than I lol and I wish I had dirt roads to run on around here , they are definitely much better on the legs. Sooooo sorry about the pain you experienced I hope you are doing better today.
Burgers are the best! 🙂 I thinks 80’s is a great temp but I know I won’t see much of it this summer. It hit 93 today…it’s March for crying out loud! I am doing better today, thanks!
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Ah, intense stomach pains are always scary! What a crappy way to end a great run. I hope you get it figured out soon!
An answer would be amazing but I am beginning to think I just need to get used to it, ugh. But it was still a good run, so that has to count for something right?
I truly hope this isn’t something you have to live with forever!
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Ouch so sorry about the pain! Hope you’re feeling better!
I also am so not a morning person. I do fine at races (must be the adrenaline), but I just don’t care to run in the morning. I always run slower and I feel rushed. I love to run in the evenings after work. I actually look forward to it.
Running in the evenings is a great way to end your day, if you had a stressful day at work you can just run it out. 🙂 I get the rushed feeling, I am usually running behind in the morning anyways, what would a run do to that time frame? For the most part, I am feeling better, thanks!
Bummer! But NICE JOB on those tempo miles – and what a gorgeous spot to run!
I was pretty stoked by those splits later. I am trying to enjoy the prettiness of the lake as much as possible before it all goes brown. 😦 I hope water stays in the lake for most of the summer.
Mornings are rough…I can only muster up the energy for a morning run if it’s long run training or a race…and the long runs are ONLY because if I get up early I can run with other people. It’s much easier to do 12+ miles with company!
That’s a really great run – especially on such a wonky stomach! I’ve had really bad gas pains before too. What usually helps is ginger ale! The bubbles and the ginger definitely have some healing powers there.
If I was meeting people for a long run I could probably pull that off, I just can’t find anyone to run with me. 😦 When I was a kid, I used to drink ginger ale when I wasn’t feeling well and it always helped. Maybe I should try that again! Thanks!
Aw man, that stinks you’re stomach has been giving you issues! 😦 Hope you feel better!!!
I prefer running in the morning but my work schedule and commute force me to run more in the evenings.
Right? With my commute, if I wanted to run in the morning I would have to start my run between 4:30-5 and that would just be for a short run. Nope, sleep for me. Feeling a little better, thank you! I hope you kick that cold/ flu soon!
Looks lovely! Are you getting enough fluids? I used to get sideaches a long time ago, but I think lots of water during the days took care of that.
It’s funny because it sounds like a fluid issue but I usually clear a minimum of 120 oz of water a day. Not counting any other form of beverage. I’ve actually had a doctor tell me to back off my liquid consumption- ha!
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LOL love that we count for two!!!! Thanks for the tag; we will post next week! I can’t believe you like hot temps for running. Us San Franciscans can’t take it.
I typed that yesterday and it hit 93 here today. Seriously! Even I think that’s ridiculous for March. Makes me think summer is going to be a lot of triple digits. I’m not that crazy!
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Dude, that’s not cool! What a way to end an otherwise awesome run 😦 I hope you’re able to solve whatever it was that did that, and that the new diet helps. When I injured my ribs a few weeks back it felt like I was getting shanked in the side and yeah, that wasn’t fun at all. Hope this doesn’t happen again!
Shanked actually seems like pretty accurate description! I thought I was used to all sorts of stomach pain but this was a whole other level. I hope the diet helps too but right now it just seems hard.
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