My first and hopefully last fall... my toughest run yet
Sunday, March 06, 2011
So today I went for a run. I went today instead of tomorrow because the weather was supposed to be better. Had I been planning it out, I might have known...
Anyways, I was probably not as hydrated or nourished as I should have been, but didn't really give it much thought. I also have not done more than 6 miles since January. Somehow, I thought I might pull off 7 or even 8 miles.
So I started out and it wasn't long, maybe mile 2, before I was feeling really tired and out of breath. I'm not sure if I'm still just not all better from having a cold or what was up. So besides that I was also feeling tired early on. I pushed on though, knowing I ought to at least go 4 without much trouble.
Well I got to about 2.5 miles and fell. I was so surprised that I literally, chuckled in embarrassment that someone might have seen it and jumped back up and kept going. I was running on the sidewalk, which is quite uneven around where I live, but doesn't usually trouble me. I think maybe the tiredness made me not so alert. So anyways, I fell down and jumped right back up and ran a few houses down the street and washed my arm off with snow. Thankfully, instead of landing on the hard sidewalk I landed on someone's muddy lawn. I had lots of mud on my arms and clothes and later found out, I had a bit on my face.
So anyways, I decided I would call it a day but when I got to my street I couldn't make myself stop, even feeling tired and being muddy I made myself keep going. I ended up getting close to 5 miles in before heading home and even faced the fear of people seeing me in muddy clothes.
During the last lap, I felt like I was really pushing it and told myself to remember that feeling and to remember how hard it was come half marathon day, because I want to remember that even if things get tough, I can do this!
I really wasn't too upset about falling. The old me would have given up and walked home, but the new me, was thankful to have not sprained an ankle or broken a bone and took advantage of that fact and decided to make the most of my run and keep on going.