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Rainy Day Blues

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I'm feeling somewhat bummed about the rain today. Usually I love rain. But today I was loving the sunshine. I was excited to run after I got off work. I had the perfect plan: Get off work at 5, get home by 5:30 and walk the dogs, run from 5:45 to 6:25, meet my friend who's in town visiting at 6:30 for coffee, then go home, prep what I need for my bootcamp tomorrow morning, and go to bed by 9:30.

What actually happened: Get off work at 5:10, fight traffic home and get home by 5:50, change for my run/walk the dogs till 6:05, make quick snack to fuel run and leave house by 6:15, realize I was out of time for the 3-4 mile run I had planned and instead run straight over to Starbucks nearby to meet my friend without being late. Leave at 8pm in the rain/dark to head to the gym and run on the treadmill to stay dry/safe, realize I left my key for the gym at home, run home, find out the dog went through my gym bag in a destructive extravaganza, cleaned up mess, realize it's less than an hour from when I wanted to go to bed so now I need to spend my time prepping for tomorrow/walking dogs again so I can get to bed on time (aka no time to go back to the gym w/ key and run)

Frustrated. Things did not go my way. My run was a third of what I had hoped for. I did have a fast pace for my 1+ mile ran between home and Starbucks at least, a whole minute less than my usual pace. And only drank a tea while at Starbucks and not some sugary high cal drink. But my friends and I are doing our own personal mileage challenge this month. And right now I'm in last place. Which sucks.

I've been feeling chubby lately and like a bad runner, especially since I'm having a hard time committing to signing up for a Half Marathon with my bff. I really want to do one this year, but even though I've increased my speed and distance I still struggle with runs over 4 miles. I did a 10k last weekend, but I was so sore and my knee was so achy afterward I couldn't even make it to bootcamp Monday morning. I couldn't walk without a limp until this morning. I definitely think I can up my 4 miles to 13 miles this year, but the races that keep popping up are in 1-2 months. Which I don't feel will be enough time for me to increase my running base. I'm leaning towards doing one in the Fall. Not just for extra time to get a solid running base without pushing too hard and possibly injuring my knee, but also for the sake of not running 13.1 miles in the blazing heat of the Sun. I really want to do the mid-July race she suggested, but last year we did a July race and it was complete misery for me - and only 5k! I can't imagine running 13.1 miles in the heat, especially since my longest run to date is 6.4 miles. There's also a 6k that day in July I was considering participation in. SIgh. Friend, if you are reading this, know I DO want to run a half with you, and I understand why you've suggested the races you have... but I really want to be ready for it and know I can handle it! I'm just not quite there yet.

Maybe I'm just letting the rain and my shortened run get me down more than necessary. Maybe I'm just feeling like a sore looser for being last in our challenge so far. Either way, I'm feeling like I just need to get a good night sleep and start all over tomorrow with a fresh day. Rain or no rain, I will make it to bootcamp (Knee isn't hurting anymore and I'm not as sore as I was Monday!), and I will go running after work ... and NOT forget my gym key if I decide to run indoors!!!!

NOW! Time for a late dinner, a quick dog walk, and bedtime.
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    Something like this happened to me today i couldn't do my 3 mile jog due to some inconveniences that cropped up early this morning,it made me sad but i am gearing up for tomorrow . . . Tomorrow is another day,FORWARD EVER,BACKWARDS NEVER.
    1775 days ago
    You can send that rain over here, we have only gotten about 50% of what we need this year.

    I hear you about being disappointed to miss your planned workout, I feel bummed when I can't ride my bike to work, even if it's for a valid reason.
    1776 days ago
    Have a great run!
    1776 days ago
    Glad your knee pain is gone! The grass and flowers are thankful for the rain. You will get back to running tomorrow hopefully
    1776 days ago
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