Sunday, August 31, 2008

7 miles that should have been 13

Horrible, terrible, pathetic, etc... Need I say more? How am I ever going to quality for Boston with runs like this? 

I started out well under my goal pace. I felt comfortable and didn't seem to be pushing hard. When I got near 3 miles it hit me like a, well a wall. I was soooooo tired, I didn't want to run. I was thirsty, sweating, and hot. I took a break and hit a water fountain. After what seemed like an hour I thought I better try and finish this run and began out across the damn again. I didn't make it a mile before I had to stop again. This time I just lost it mentally. I was running a good pace, feeling OK but my mind slipped for just a second and I stopped. I rested for a bit and started up again only to make it another quarter mile and stop again. This was not going to be my day.

I made it off the damn and to another water fountain. I rested again and then decided to walk it on in. I had given up on a run! I called my wife to come pick me up because I didn't want to walk. Very depressing. I just didn't have it today, I'm not sure I have it at all.

I have plenty of excuses. Want to hear some? I stayed up late watching the Missouri game. I ate junk food for dinner. I drank beer yesterday.

Route:--Elev. Avg:1201 ft
Location:Nichols Hills, OKElev. Gain:-10 ft
Date:08/31/08Up/Downhill: [+101/-111]
Time:09:50 AMDifficulty:3.1 / 5.0
 81 F temp; 76% humidity
 86 F heat index; winds S 13

Distance: 7.69 miles
Speed:7.3 mph
Pace:8' 12 /mi

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Next up, Tuesday, Speedwork on the track. 2x(3x800 meters) in 2:59. 


Southbay Girl said...

I've had alot of those days lately!!! Don't kick yourself! You cant be perfect and have great runs everyday!!! And did you ehjoy yourself last night drinking beer and watching football? If so then who cares-you had a shitty run, you were tired! We all get that way and have shitty runs!!! You're human!!! It's ok!!! I've had about a month of shitty runs-but I've been happy just to get a run in!!! SMILE! It's ok!! Damn you still ran 7 miles! that's more than most people can even imagine!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Those sound like explanations to me - not excuses. Being tired and under fueled can definitely zap a run right out from under you!! (I know you know that.) Qualifying for Boston is going to take more than just sheer grit or self-bullying out on the runs. It's going to mean extreme self care as part of the prep for runs at goal pace. Don't beat yourself up but do block out more time to sleep and different foods to eat in addition to marking off the time for the run itself. And sometimes, even when you do that you'll have nothing burger runs. But the next one - or the one after that? Bound to get some good ones in at some point!

RBR said...

Hey handsome!

Bad runs happen. You know that. Don't go throwing out your dreams over one bad run.

You are consistently running at a SCREAMING pace. Give your body a chance to adjust and heal.