I usually do my long runs on Saturdays. But we were driving home from San Diego on Saturday, so I decided to push my long run back a day. Not a big deal, except that with the driving… and driving… and driving… I didn’t really fuel or hydrate like I should have and that had a pretty negative effect on me. Combined with the fact that it was the first weekend that Las Vegas has truly been hit with summer temps this year, it just made for a really hard run.
My plan was 12 miles. After about 8 miles I was pretty grumpy and uncomfortable. I lifted my shirt to wipe some sweat from my face and was greeted with blood streaks. Turns out, my nose had started to bleed! At least I didn’t look quite as bloodied and crazy as I did after my Phoenix DNF.
After 10 miles, I had to start walking. I made a decision that today it didn’t matter if I walked, I just wanted to be on my feet for the whole distance. I walked a quarter mile, but soon wanted to get a moving so I picked up the run again.
But at 11 miles I was miserable again, so I gave myself another walk break. This break ended up being about a half mile before I decided to just push it on through to get back home. I started crying in the last .2 mile just cause I was so close to home and all I wanted was an ice cold drink, some food and to be out of the heat. I wasn’t a snotty, sobbing mess; just had tears pricking at the corners of my eyes. But it was still rather pathetic.
I got some water, chocolate soy milk and a bagel in me; the world started to look a lot better at that time. Whew…. I could like running again. But for a minute there? I wasn’t sure I liked ANYTHING in the world.
And now for some news from the more HAPPY column.
I’m on the New Balance site! Check it out (even if I am still slightly embarrassed at my mug being on such a big site). There’s something about me right on their home page and that links to a page specifically about the Running on Hope contest. (Currently they have my name spelled wrong, something I hope they’ll correct. I guess it doesn’t matter THAT much. But the web developer in me is cringing at this, I would have that changed within SECONDS of finding out!)