Yeah… the run was kind of rough. But I’m still glad I did it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a day where I wasn’t HAPPY I did the run, even if it doesn’t go how I want.
To preface, yesterday was kind of a crummy day. I was just feeling tired and sad all day, plus I wasn’t feeling very well. Just stomach troubles all day. So I’m sure that led to a little pre-dehydration leading into today’s run, even though I tried to stay hydrated all day.
Anyway, the plan today was to do 7 miles. Part of me feels like such a weakling compared to my friends that are in the midst of ultra training, but part of me is pleased with my decision to choose a training plan for me. As much as I love the support and camaraderie of running friends, I also like having the confidence to go my own way. I’m sure our training paths will converge once again.
So back to the plan… I was going to do 7 miles. I didn’t have a set route, just decided to run around my end of town until I got the distance. I was also trying to run at the pace set forth by Runner’s World SmartCoach… a 10:50. And that was soooo hard. I kept noticing my pace creeping up and then trying to pull back. When it was all said and done my average pace was a 9:54… so I missed my mark. Oh well.
The run was warm and sunny. I still haven’t fully acclimated to running in the heat yet either. So combining my funky gut and the heat, I just felt pretty drained at the end.
I did have one nice moment though, when I was doing a cool-down lap around my neighborhood a gal flagged me down and wanted to know where I got my handheld Amphipod water bottle. She said, “You’re a marathoner, right?” Well, I guess the answer to that is ‘Yes’… even though I’ve just done 2 marathons and DNF’d my 3rd, I assume it’s safe to call myself a marathoner.
Anyway, she said “I’ve seen you running all the time and thought I needed a bottle like that. I told my husband I wanted one for Mother’s Day but he said he didn’t know where to find one.”
I directed her to Fleet Feet to pick one up and finished my cooldown feeling pretty awesome. I never thought my neighbors noticed me as the “runner” in the hood, but lately a few different people have made mention of that fact to me.
It makes me feel far more athletic than the computer geek I truly am.