So, I had a terrible run last Friday. I guess it was good in that I tried and I eventually got to the end. Does it really matter that I had to walk nearly 20% of the distance at the end, anyway? Yes. Yes, it does.
My mind and body both conspired to call it quits. I just did not have it in me to keep running so I stopped and did what felt like the ‘walk of shame’ back to my house. Want to know what was weird about it? I didn’t feel bad. Sometimes, when I’ve stopped or quit or whatever, I start thinking that I should have kept going. I’ve felt like I really wasn’t that tired or exhausted after all. I didn’t have that feeling last Friday. I stopped and had this feeling of sheer relief. I was exhausted, probably a little dehydrated and just all around worn out.
What happened? I have a few thoughts:
1. I was not properly hydrated. No excuses. I need to do better in general and I also need to whip out the water belt. It’s hot and humid here. It didn’t even occur to me to bring water.
2. I did not have enough energy/fuel. I have NOT been doing a good job of selecting the right foods lately and it is sadly showing up in my running performance. No excuses here, either.
3. I let my wardrobe distract me. I wore my compression capris. Why? I thought they would be helpful. What I did not think about is the fact that these pants are for a 15-pound lighter version of me. They were so tight around my mid section that my stomach hurt a little bit. They also rubbed a little bit at the top of my right thigh. I let that get to me early on and spent too much energy worrying about whether or not I’d chafe from the rubbing.
What can I do differently for this week’s long run? See above. 🙂 Do the opposite.
Until next time! 🙂