Saturday: aka The day that something broke my stride.
I woke up feeling a little off my game, but was super excited to run a 20 miler with my Fleet Feet training group!
I’m a big believer that even a bad run is better than no run. That was not the case here…it sucked.
We got started and I could tell something was wrong. I felt ok, but I was breathing a lot harder than usual. After the first hour, I tried to eat a Gu and couldn’t. That’s never happened before.
We started back running and I got really chilled, covered in goosebumps (in hot summer weather), and my heart was racing. Another first…I told the group to go on without me. I needed to fall back and slow my pace.
I kept pushing forward thinking I could push through and turn the run around. At mile 13, I got sick. At mile 15, I got sick again.
By this point, I was just working my way back to my car. It was ugly and slow. I finished the 20 miles that I had no business finishing.
- I am too stubborn for my own good. I’m not a great runner, but I take pride in my work ethic and ability to overcome obstacles. This was a first for me and I don’t think I realized how sick I was until the very end of the “run.” I should have stopped because I know I didn’t accomplish anything other than making myself feel worse.
- I didn’t do anything differently leading up to this run, so I’m still not sure what went wrong. Maybe it was a little bug. Maybe it was just an off day.
- I gained a new level for empathy for any runner that has had a run or race like this.
I was apprehensive to run after such a terrible run. Physically I felt a little scrawny, but my bad run had messed with me mentally. So…I hopped on the treadmill with zero expectations and ended up having a decent run.
Afterwards, I started a Periscope account. I’m still figuring it out, but you post videos and they can only be watched for 24 hours. Follow me HERE and be warned…I’m still a hot mess on Periscope!
And came home to see a big box of Coach’s Oats Oatmeal had been delivered to my house…woohoo!!! If you’ve been reading this for a while, you know my enthusiasm for oatmeal! This brand is new to me and I’m pumped to try it.
I posted my first ever YouTube video!! I’ve wanted to start a YouTube channel for a while now and finally did it. Why is this such a scary step? I know it’s cheesy, but it made me feel brave putting myself out there like this.
What’s the worst run you’ve ever had? Do you know why it was so terrible?
What are your “go-to” foods when you’re sick?
Green smoothies yay or nay? I’m good as long as they have a little fruit in them, too!