(last night’s) Workout: Ran outside 4.2 miles (40.26) 9:27 pace.
[Sorry in advance, this post is a little verbose.]
Last night’s run was extremely hot. It rained before my run (which boosts humidity) and I could see the steam coming off the sidewalk while I was running. I’m ready for an air-conditioned treadmill. I said to myself that I wouldn’t do anymore outdoor runs after my 6-miler on Monday, but I still tortured myself with 4 miles last night. I must have runner’s amnesia.
While I was running, I got to thinking: I’m SO tired of running. I mean, mentally I want to do it but when I get out there I’m not feeling it. At all. I’ve been running for a LONG time, and have loved it for a LONG time. Why is it so different now?
Well for one, I’ve never raced before last October. And since then, I have run ten races in seven months. Nine of those were half marathons. Mentally (and physically), that can take a lot out of you. I was always thinking about the next race and how I had to get out there and train. I was always thinking about how I needed to fuel and I was constantly worrying if I fueled correctly, and in turn worried if I could make it through the race. As I ran more and more races, I couldn’t get my fueling right. So, that just leaves a pit of anxiety in me before every race. I.can’t.get.it.right. Well, 70% of the time I can’t. If I could just work out my stomach issues, I could KILL a half marathon in less than 2 hours. I know it. I mean, I’ve almost done it on a bad stomach – I can’t even freaking imagine what I can do if I felt 100% the whole race.
Now that it’s the end of my race season, I am pretty effin proud of all my races – good and bad. So, I wanted to post pictures of all my medals that hang proudly on the wall in my gym at home. Every time I walk past them, I smile on the inside.
Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon: My first race. The only race I couldn’t walk after (for 2 hours) and thought I might actually die. I remember having a hard time texting my husband that I felt like crap. Also, one of my least favorite races but not because of the dying part.
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon: I had the runner’s high after this race. The ONLY race I have ever felt that after. I PRed by 20 minutes from my first race without even trying. I didn’t fuel during this race at all either – just water and Gatorade. Oh, that medal is a magnet and a bottle opener too. Niiiice.
Baldwin Park Half Marathon: My first race running alone. That kinda sucked. This race was literally down the street from my house, which was awesome. I felt ok during the race but got slightly sick afterwards.
Women’s Magazine Half Marathon: Pretty course and a well-ran race because it was sponsored by Publix, who rocks. I didn’t fuel properly the night before so I didn’t have much energy for this one. I didn’t get sick at all, which was nice. The dangling part of the medal is a necklace charm.
OUC Half Marathon: Another race close to home. I felt pretty good afterwards and PRed (at the time) and didn’t get sick – no runner’s high though. I really liked this race and would do it again this year but I guess I’ll have to cry tears during the Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half that I’m running instead. Oh wait. I won’t be crying cuz I’m in VEGAS.
Warrior Dash: Really fun race and I had no idea we got medals until they handed me one at the end. That put a big smile on my face. I felt great after this race, but it is only 3 miles and I eat 3 miles for breakfast.
Melbourne and Beaches Music Half Marathon: Well, I guess I used a different photo effect on this picture. How’s that for short term memory? During the race, I felt horrible after mile 5. Got sick after I finished but it’s been worse.
Gasparilla Half Marathon: First time I got sick DURING a race – twice. Although this race went horribly, it was my absolute favorite of all my races. Beautiful course and perfect weather. I’m doing this again next year.
Sarasota Half Marathon: I felt sick during the race from Mile 9 and on. But the course was awesome, the weather was awesome, I had an awesome time, and I PRed by 3 minutes despite my stomach. I’m already signed up for this one again next year.
Iron Girl Half Marathon: The hardest course I’ve ever run. I felt wiped during this race and got my second worst time. I got sick afterwards – but it didn’t last long. I was glad race season was over at the end of this one.
Tell me about your best or worst race and why it was the best or worse.
By the way, now that I’ve been using my Garmin 405 for over six months, I updated my review if anyone is interested. If you read it and have a question that I didn’t answer in the post, let me know in comments or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can update it again. 🙂
Oh, today is BBQ day at work. I’ll let you know if I survive…