Friday, April 24, 2009

A Tough Run

Yesterday Julie and I ran 8 miles around noon. It was HOT! It truly was a miserable run. It is just April! I don't even want to think about running in July and August. Usually when I run I feel great, like I really could just keep on running forever. But not today!

The first couple of miles were ok.....we were going pretty slowly, but by mile 4, I was dying for a break! We stopped at 4.3, and drank water and ate some GU. I really wanted to just get in the car and go home! But 8 miles was the plan, so we began to run again. Between miles 4.3 and 6, I really didn't think I was going to make it! My head hurt, my knee hurt, my side hurt, and I felt like I was going to throw up! I racked my brain trying to figure out what was wrong. I ran 8 miles last week with no problem. Did I drink too much cofffee this morning? Not enough coffee? Too much breakfast? Not enough? Was I already tired from running 6 miles on both Monday and Tuesday? I guess it was the heat. This was really our first hot day, and here we were running in the glaring sunshine at noon!

I perked up a little bit at mile 6. The GU must have kicked in.....but by 6.5, I was wilting again. Not even Adam Lambert singing Play That Funky Music White Boy (downloaded on my iPod) could inspire me! (Yes, my favorite idols this year are Adam, Danny, and Kris....yes I have their some of their songs on my iPod, and yes I vote for them each week!)
The rest of the run had me glancing at my watch every tenth of a mile, wondering when the misery would end!

Finally! We saw the car when we were at 8.2, and mercifully we walked the rest of the way.
I felt somewhat better when we stopped, and Julie said, "That was a tough run!" So, it wasn't just me! It must have been the heat.

I am sharing this experience in the hopes of encouraging my friends who have recently begun running. Some days are great, some days are ok, and some are just plain miserable! Don't give up!

I am resting until Monday!


  1. You guys have fun this weekend. We will be thinking of Jimmy and Olivia running. Hope all goes well.

  2. Roan, all I have to say is that when I have one of those days, I'd better be running with YOU! I don't think I could be trusted to keep going on my own. Great job!!! And Julie, too!

    BTW, I loooove Kris, and vote for him (and sometimes Danny) every week, too! I've tried not to like Adam, b/c he just creeps me out, but MAN can he sing!

    Please give Olivia our best wishes for this weekend!

  3. Since I didn't see Olivia and Jimmy on Wednesday, please tell them "GOOD LUCK" from the Princes! Looking forward to seeing pictures from the race!


  5. So glad you have days like that! Well...not glad. Just happy I'm not the only one! Ha! And 8 miles would never happen...btw!

  6. You are so right! Some days you can do everything right and the run is tough. Some days you can do everything wrong and the run is great! With my apologies to Forrest Gump, "running is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Hang in there & stay hydrated.

  7. I think it's just awesome that you were out there given the temps!!
    I so admire women with the discipline you have!! I'm getting there, but it isn't easy!!

    Keep up the good work!! We've started walking and I will start swimming laps on Monday!!

    Have a joyful Sunday!!

  8. Glad to know that it isn't always fun for you either.