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.