Please remind me again that it’s normal to have an awful long run a few weeks before a half marathon? Because that’s really the only thing that will make me feel better about this disaster of a
12- 10-miler this morning.
If my run were a symbol, it’d be this one. Which I encountered at mile 2.5 (and again on the way back) which, in hindsight, was kind of a bad omen.
Actually I knew long before I saw the pitchfork that today wasn’t going to be my day. I didn’t feel well when I woke up–that’s common, as I don’t like getting up early–but I wasn’t able to shake it in the early miles like I usually can. I also had some bra-chafing going on, my left ankle hurt a little (ack!), my quads were SO tired, and a couple of times I just wanted to sit down on the curb and cry. I kept thinking how unprepared I felt for 3M and how badly it will suck if I feel like this.
Today’s route was supposed to have a speed workout in the middle–a 2.6-mile loop at HMGP and a one-mile loop at 5K pace, repeated twice–but I could barely get it done once. And not at either of those paces. Whereas Monday’s run went so well I added a mile, today’s was so awful I dropped the second repeat and headed back. Slowly, with quite a bit of walking. 😦
I guess I should have seen this coming. All week I’ve been pushing my pace and feeling strong, so it is not unexpected that I face a little setback. There’s no progress without struggle, right? So next weekend I’ll try 12 again.
Having said all that, there were some good things about today. I love my new Apple Air Pods–I’ve been worried they might fall out easily, but surprisingly, they stay in my ears. They required no setup–I just had to open the case near my phone and everything synced up. For fun, I open it periodically so it can tell me the battery status. I’ve set the left one to track forward and the right one to pause/play, but the only way to control the volume is either with Siri or via the phone itself, which I can do easily using the buttons while it’s in my belt. I used them for about 2.5 hours today and I think they still had 85-90% battery when I got back. And after recharging them (which it does automatically when you put them away) the case is still at 85%.
Another positive is that I tried a new energy gel. Nothing wrong with my Sport Beans, but running nutrition has been a moving target for me over the years and it’s good to find more than one thing I can tolerate. I’m so weird with flavors and textures–viscous gels are not for me; I don’t even like Nuun unless it’s the lemon-lime flavor mixed with carbonated lime water to disguise the taste. So today I tried Skratch Labs’ orange fruit drops, and I liked them. They are small gummies with a mild, almost nonexistent (orange) taste which is good for me, especially later in a distance race when I’m trying to choke down something to get me to the finish line. I’ll have to try them again next week–hopefully when I’m not having such a shitty run–to make sure before I buy a larger quantity, but at least my first attempt with them proved they’re something I can work with.
Okay, now that my pity party is over, I need to focus on resting and trying to feel better. Rest will be made easier because Austin (along with most of the U.S. it appears) is predicted to get hit with a blast of arctic air, I think sometime tomorrow afternoon, so my future includes the couch, college football, my fireplace, and a warm dog. Monday we’re going to attempt the Black-Eyed Pea run downtown (temps are supposed to be in the 20s!) but there’s a possibility of precipitation and ice overnight, so we’ll have to wait until it gets closer to decide for sure. There’s no way these Texas folks are driving on ice.
But seriously, remind me again having a terrible run before a race just means I’m getting it out of the way rather than telling me I’m unprepared? Please?