I thought long and hard about titling this post “people are assholes”, but decided against it. Mostly because there were good aspects to my last long run of of MCM training yesterday.
Good #1: It was like I had won the weather lottery. Seriously. With all of my complaining all summer long about how hot it was and then more complaining about how cold and rainy it was on Sunday and Monday I’m amazed that I finally got perfect conditions! 55 degrees and cloudy. Well actually when I started it was pure sunshine but the clouds rolled in soon enough. When was able to take off my sunglasses I felt so happy (this probably sounds strange to most people). I don’t know why, but I now enjoy running on cloudy days more than sunny ones. So the weather was obviously a plus.
Bad #1: The route where I love to do my long runs crosses a river 3 times and I like to set up my bottles and GUs on each bridge (they are each just about 1 mile apart)–You can read all about my fave long running route and the dreaded taper here
I look forward to reaching each bridge so I can get a swig of water or gatorade. So you can imagine my surprise and anger when I ran up to one of the bridges around mile 9 and my bottles were nowhere to be found. Someone had driven by and taken them (most likely thrown them away). It was so obvious that they weren’t trash: There was one unopened bottle and 2 GUs. People run on this road all the time so someone was just being an asshole by throwing away my bottles. Umm, let’s just say I was angry. Angry that I had everything set up perfectly and some asshole ruined it for me. Anger is a good motivating factor in a run actually. For me personally it’s not as good as being sublimely happy when running, but it comes in a close second. That’s why this bad incident lead to the next good one…
Good #2: I ended up running 24 miles instead of 22 miles. And perfectly on my marathon race pace no less! Yes, I know I am super slow now but I’d love to beat the 4 hour mark
You might have already known this, since some of you follow my instagram feed. Like I said before, I was running angry. Plus, as I’ve explained before, I usually keep my Garmin on the clock so I’m not checking my pace and the distance every 5 seconds. So when I checked for the last time and the Garmin said 22.8 miles, I thought, “hell, I’ll just run another mile and make it an even 24.” In fact, I thought long and hard about just making it a marathon. The only problem was….
Bad #2: I have been running for years. 7 years now to be exact (marathon distance for 5 years). Somehow I have never had any “feet” problems. No black toenails, no missing toenails, and rarely a blister. All of a sudden BOOM, this fall I’ve had some issues even though I’ve been running in the same model of shoe for years now. You all know about the bloody sock incidents (from a training run and during my 20 miler in September). Well yesterday I started having a major blister on the bottom of my left foot–quite possibly the strangest place I’ve ever had a blister–around mile 13. Yep, that early on. I pushed it out of my mind, but by the time I got up around 22 miles it was really hurting. I don’t really know why it happened since I was wearing my favorite socks and shoes that are perfectly worn in but the only answer I can come up with is that my feet had gotten “soft” during my few weeks off of running when I got sick. Thoughts? Has this happened to any of you out of the blue?
Good #3: I tried a new G2 flavor, Raspberry Lemonade, and really liked it! I actually mix it with water since I can’t take straight Gatorade and GUs, even if it’s the lower sugar one. This was refreshing and really good!
Bad #3: My knee–the bad one with no cartilage–really hurts today. It felt ok yesterday but today it is pretty painful. This is something I have been worrying about but haven’t mentioned it on the blog because I didn’t want to jinx it. But here goes: Not sure you’ve been with me long enough to remember that I got a steroid shot back in April (well it was in reponse to a pseudo spetic reaction I had to Orthovisc, a hyaluronic acid that lubricates the knee joint). Anyways, steroid injections are good because they reduce inflammation drastically for months at a time. The problem is they wear off and steroid injections overall aren’t good for joints (it further softens the cartilage) so you should avoid them for the most part. So I’m pretty sure I had such a great summer of running because of that steroid shot and now it is wearing or has worn off. Right before the marathon. Ughh. I can’t just go get another one because like I said they’re really bad and the only reason I had one to begin with was because of the reaction I had to Orthovisc. So fingers crossed–I’m talking MAJORLY CROSSED–that I can just eek out the marathon without having my knee act up again. It’s not swollen like it was all last year, so that’s good, but the pain is returning 😦 I didn’t take an ice bath after my run last night, but I was sure to put on all my compression gear and get out the frozen corn. I’ll definitely be taking ice baths consistently for the next week though
Good #4: Let’s finish with a good, shall we? I had 2 cravings after my run. I wanted a smoothie and a steak. Seriously a strange combo but that’s what I wanted! I rarely ever eat red meat but for some reason I wanted a filet so badly. My bf is really good at making steaks but we don’t have our grill anymore so I knew he’d have to make inside. No prob, he did a great job!
So that’s the good, bad, and ugly of my last training run. Now it’s taper and recovery time. Blahh. We’ll see how my body feels this time next week.
Has anything ever happened to you during a run that made you angry? Has anyone ever “stole” or thrown away your water bottles?
What is the one thing you crave after a long run?