Tuesday, February 22, 2011

02/22/11: Sucking Air


Today's run was anything but good.

There was a decent wind, but I picked a more protected route to avoid it.

Unfortunately, that route is one of the hilliest routes from my front door.

(All of them are hilly, as we live on the top of a hill....but I chose the route with the "slow, gradual, never ending, but a bullet in my head" hills.)

The wind chill was in the mid teens (F)...but I dressed for it.

Well...I dressed everything but my legs for it. My compression sleeves keep my calves plenty warm under my running tights, but from the bottom of my jacket to my knees was chilly today.

No wait, not chilly......


Nearly numb.

In fact, at one time I had a weggie....and didn't know it. (giggle)

Now couple all of that with the guilt of not running this weekend at all, and the fact I've lost any and all "fitness" I had built up and worked so hard for last year.

Mentally and physically, today's run just wasn't in the cards to be good.


This weekend was equally a fail.

Saturday was a rest day, and then Sunday was a 6 mile "long" run. Well, it was supposed to be a long run. We were meeting the boys for breakfast at 8:30, and I just could not make myself get up at 5:30 or 6:00 on a Sunday morning. I just couldn't do it.

I didn't want to run right away after breakfast, for obvious reasons..... we drove around town, doing some small errands, window shopping, etc. We happened upon a fun and twisted XBox game at one store, and spent $20.

We got home, and instead of grabbing our gym gear....we played the darned game for like 3 hours.

Then, the boys called and asked if we'd gone to lunch. We hadn't, so we met them for lunch.

And, I didn't want to run right after lunch, for obvious reasons..... they ended up coming to our place to play cards. Then we went to the Worm (Eat the Worm, a local tequila bar) for Danny's birthday.

I didn't want to run after leaving the Worm, for very obvious reasons...... we went home and went to bed.

Long weekend run fail.

I stuck to my training plan like glue this spring/summer/fall......and by gawd, I'm going to start sticking to it again. If I want to hang out with people, eating horribly unhealthy food, and having a good time, I just need to get up early and get the run done first. That's all there is to it. No more more saying that I'll start the official training "next week." I'm out of next weeks. As it is, the half marathon in May is going to hurt. :-)


LoriV. said...

It's hard for me to run while numb from coldness. You're an animal!! Wedgie and all! You'll hit your training stride soon. It's likely going to hit when the weather gets a bit better. Who wants to run in the freezing cold at 5:30 on Sunday? But run in decent temps at 5:30 on Sunday--I could go for that. Or maybe that's just my excuse...

Nej said...

You know, you're right! I didn't mind running at 5:30 on a Sunday during the summer, because it was the coolest time of the day...and I was avoiding the heat....and it was getting light out near the end of my run. Yep, I love winter, but winter and running apparently don't mix for me. I hate to admit it, but it's true. :-)

Fran said...

But it's obvious :) that you had a great Sunday!

You'll be okay Nej, a bad run and a no no run aren't the end of the world. Just pick it up this week again.

You know what I hate the most about cold legs: the ice water that comes of it as soon as you hit the shower.

Faith Ann said...

I'm feeling the same way about my half marathon in May... I can't miss *any* long runs or my schedule will be so out of whack! I have one cut-back week scheduled because we're going away.

I'm just hoping that I'll be able to start running outside by end of March, otherwise, I will never be ready for may :(

It sounds like you had a great weekend though :)

C2Iowa said...

Well, there is a lot to say about keeping your feet grounded - family and self. I believe that you most likely did yourself a favor by taking that R&R - sounded more like a mental rest to me. That is al good.

With your new focus and determination - I really doubt that the half in May will hurt you - you will end up hurting it. My first half is in May as well. That one WILL end up being a trying experience for me. Ohhh the painnnnn.


Nej said...

@ Fran - I'm so glad to hear you say that. I noticed that cold water off my legs that morning in the shower....and was laughing about it. :-)

@ Faith Ann - you'll be ready. I have no doubt!!!

@ C2 - you'll be so happy to be out there running it, that you won't notice any pain! :-)