This post is going to be a bitchfest. I’ll be happy next post, I swear. Maybe.
Saturday was the long run with my running group. I decided to run with my old (slower) group because they were meeting in Winter Park and I’m too lazy to drive to Apopka at 5 in the morning. Here’s how it went:
1. That 12 mile run was supposed to be 14. At about 9 1/2 miles, I was done with running forever. The only reason I did 12 is because I had to get back to my car and it was 2 1/2 miles away.
2. I walked one mile of the 12. I may have walked more, who knows. But my overall pace was 11:27. Toward the end of the run, there was a girl who was having stomach problems, so I walked with her to keep her company. I could have ran more, but I didn’t want to so I used her stomach issues as an excuse.
3. The humidity here is a bitch. Every breath I took felt like I had just swam underwater and was coming up for that first breath of air. Every breath. I’m not sure how everyone else runs in the humidity like it’s not that bad because it’s “early in the morning” or because it “seems less humid today than yesterday,” but I can’t do it.
4. Fourteen of the 40 people from my old group showed up for the run. They just happened to be the faster part of the group, which means I was having a hard time keeping up…again.
Oh, I almost got lost again until the girl with the stomach issues told me where to go.
5. Next week’s run is 18 miles and I have no idea how I’m going to do it. Let’s face it, I don’t know how I’m going to do 26.2 miles and the more long runs I do, the crappier this marathon is sounding.
6. This may be my only full marathon. The time required to train and the 3 and 4am wakeup calls on Saturday morning suck. Just trying to fit all the runs in my schedule is a challenge and it stresses me out when I miss one because I have to stay at work late or some other lame life priority.
7. I have 2 1/2 more months of training left until the marathon. I figure that’s around 50 hours or more of actual running. That’s more than a typical work week. I could cook 12 1/2 ten-pound turkeys in that time (I looked it up). Not that I cook. But I’d be willing to learn to cook turkeys if it meant I didn’t need to run for 50 hours.
8. I may need to reevaluate my marathon goals. A 4:30 finish time sounds pretty laughable right now.
9. Ok, so one good thing came out of this run. It’s my third run in a row with no stomach problems. I’m actually pretty excited about this. Now if I could only run without dying, I’d be set.
10. I hit 100 miles for the month of July. That’s a personal distance record for the month. 🙂
One last thing, reader Prudence emailed me a cool link that has the running playlists of a bunch of celebs including Kara Goucher. It’s fun to see what celebrities actually listen to. I ran across Alanis Morissette’s playlist while I was browsing that link and noticed this song on her playlist.
That’s one thing I haven’t tried. Maybe listening to me sing myself a song might keep me moving out there.