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Some runs are great, but not today's...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This week is a busy week and I knew I would not have many run opportunities. At lunch today was one of those few opportunities and I took it. I had been inside all morning and did not realize how hot it had gotten.

I took off shortly after noon and my first thought was that it felt like the inside of a convection oven. It wasn't that hot, it was only like 85 to 90 deg (OK, my friends from any where south of here will say that sounds pleasant, but to me that is almost too hot to run), but very muggy and very the air was just stagnant. I had been planning to do a 6 mile LSR, but after 2 miles I adjusted the plan and did a 4 mile SSS (short slow slog).

-It was a struggle to keep going with the stuffy air.

-I was feeling sore and bruised (but not injured at least) from our last intramural game (ultimate frisbee) versus the foreign language department (we won, but it was a bad game - it was very windy and both teams were making a lot of unforced errors).

-I made the mistake of eating lunch about an hour before my run, two slices of leftover pesto-garlic pizza. I felt like I was oozing garlic out my pores!

-On the plus side, with today being Patriot's Day, there were a lot of cadets participating in running relays in remembrance of those lost in the attacks and the GWOT since. All along the run, I was passing pairs of cadets running with flags. There were times I wanted to wuss out on my run, but seeing everyone running by, I knew I couldn't!

-When I got done and showered, I was still sweating for the next hour.

Well, not every run is going to be a great one. But if you make the habit of strapping on your shoes and getting out the door even if you aren't feeling it that day, it will serve you better than developing the habit of skipping workouts! So, today was a slogging through the run kind of day. I didn't make it quite as far as I had planned, but was able to get some good utility miles in.

I read about and interview with a longtime runner who ran every day. The interviewer asked him what the hardest part of running every day was. His reply was "Putting on my shoes and taking the first strides".

While I was kind of miserable out there running, I don't regret squeezing in the workout in a busy day. In fact, quite the opposite. If I hadn't run I would have regretted it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JLITT62 9/18/2013 8:12AM

    It's pretty rare to regret a run . . . even the bad ones . . . and I'm just thankful it's rare for me to run in anything higher than mid-70s . . . that's what treadmills are for!

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DOGLADY13 9/15/2013 7:56PM

    Mental toughness is what I am working on now. I need to not wimp out on my work outs.

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ROXYZMOM 9/12/2013 8:02PM

    Good for you! It was so humid today, you did great just getting out at noon. I do agree. Once the sneaks are on, it's a done deal!

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LISAINMS 9/12/2013 3:56PM

    My worst run is always better than sitting on the couch.

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WILSONWR 9/12/2013 3:41PM

    Way to go! Even though it might not feel good some days, it always feels good afterwards!

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NATPLUMMER 9/12/2013 12:32PM


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BAZOOKABOBCAT 9/12/2013 9:40AM

    Good for you! I struggle with beating myself up when I have a "bad" run. But any run is better than none! Four miles for me is an enormous amount so I am extra impressed!

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AMANDANCES 9/12/2013 9:32AM

    Aw, now you took away my excuse to not run in the heat :) I hear you -- the humidity and heat makes it SOOOO unpleasant to run outside. But if you can do it, I will too. Thanks for the kick in the pants. I was going to blow off today's run, but not now!

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    That's the spirit!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/12/2013 5:49AM

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TIMOTHYNOHE 9/12/2013 12:40AM

    There are no bad runs except the one you did go out on. It may have been a challenge, but bad? No way.

Keep it up.

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GOING-STRONG 9/11/2013 11:44PM

    I had one of those "slow slogs" yesterday. It happens but like you said I don't regret that I did it. A mile is still a mile.


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KELLIEBEAN 9/11/2013 10:34PM

    Very impressive!

It's always better to something than to do nothing.

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VISUALLYRICS 9/11/2013 9:15PM

    It always feels emoticon to squeeze in a workout! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/11/2013 8:34PM

    Good for you! Impressive!!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/11/2013 8:31PM

    Absolutely awesome!

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TWINZMOM7 9/11/2013 8:17PM

  My sentiments EXACTLY today, from weather to feeling lousy, but not regretting it.

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