This is an all running post, FYI. As I mentioned, Thursday was a sweaty run. I also mentioned that my hot water was out all last week. I got back about 9:45 pm and REALLY didn’t feel like walking to the other apt to take a shower. Since I was so hot I thought I could take a quick lukewarm shower and be good. Oh no, that water was ICE COLD! What is a lazy, disgusting runner to do?
Yep, you guessed it, a “baby” wipe shower. Now, I did use these when I did Ragnar last year but during those switch ups it was fast and I didn’t have much time. So as much as other runners and bloggers rave about them, I wasn’t completely convinced. I was pleasantly surprised! I washed my face like a normal person and then took to the baby wipes. Btw – why do people buy different wipes? Are baby wipes okay?
Sure I felt gross in the morning but I was able to fall asleep. It was good enough!
Friday night it was another non-runner friendly eve in the weather dept. I ran 2 miles (faster than I did the night before, which surprised me) and then ended up walking the other 2 miles. I mixed the run walking for all of them but the last 1.5 where I walked it completely. This tactic really did help me keep running in the heat. Those experts really know their stuff.
I know a play-by-play of my weekend o’ running are fantastically interesting. For the record, I ran Saturday night and Sunday night. Thankfully, we had a cold front move in and the weather was much more pleasurable. Not to mention, I could start earlier than 8:45 and not have to worry as much about scary people trying to get me. I do want to transition a bit here. Last week I read The Oatmeal cartoon titled “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances”
I would say this and my pep talk from Meagan helped to remind me why I run. Every so often I write these posts about being reminded because honestly I need them. I get very caught up in wanting to be my best runner self and often get derailed because I am so impatient. So I run, get frustrated and don’t run. Then two or three days later I complete this lame cycle again.
The last page of the cartoon was like a “oh yeah!” moment. Most likely because I too, am a very self-aware person (read over-analyzer to the extreme) and running DOES help this – when I give it a chance. Yesterday, I spent all morning going over the same thing in my head. From that point, I deduced I was doomed to spend the rest of my life alone. Yep, not over dramatic at all.
Then I went running. I know all of the scientific information about endorphins and know this was part of why I felt better when I got home. But it was more than that – I felt lighter and a bit better on the forever-alone issue. No, running didn’t solve all of my problems but I felt more powerful than I did before I left. Not to mention, even when I do try and “solve” all of my issues, most of the time running is a break from thinking (this is also mentioned in the cartoon but I also realized it today). I try to concentrate on what’s vexing me and then I am focused on running and/or my mantra. For me, a break from thinking is like what summer vacation is to a youngster!
Those are some of my thoughts on running as of late! Oh and one last thing – can all runners unite against hecklers who honk at you as they are driving past? I HATE THIS! Why do people think it’s so funny?! I know I’ve mentioned this before but someone did this to me on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. I know they were laughing because their window was open I could hear them as they drove by. Maybe I need a tazer…