No, I wasn’t drunk. But toward the end of yesterday’s 9 miler, I was kind of weaving so it looked like I was!
I need to back up a bit… Friday night I stepped on the treadmill fully prepared to run 5 miles. Due to some sickness during the week, I hadn’t run since Monday and I felt it. Also, pain killers were my friend this week and I think these added to my sluggish steps and made for this awful run. My dad called at mile 2.6 and then I didn’t get back on the treadmill.
Soul-sucking run – Check!
I figured Saturday should be a redemption run, right? I knew I wanted to go a bit longer but didn’t have a firm number in mind when I set out – yes, outside. This was a huge help. I felt pretty good in the beginning. I ran up this giant hill and then ran around downtown. I increased my speed for about a mile and half. It felt great!
When I do my longer runs, I get nervous about speed since I want to have enough energy to finish. I need to stop being so cautious since I’m never going to get faster unless I attempt to push it. In theory this is the right attitude. In practice, it sure is tough!
I did have to end up walking a little at three separate times. I was kind of bummed but I know in a week or two, I won’t have to again so this is helpful. My last mile and half I was bobbing and weaving like a drunken sailor. I was BEAT. My hip was hurting. My ankle was hurting. My legs were exhausted. So, while I thought about hitting some double digits, it would only to be able to say, “I hit double digits!”. It certainly wasn’t the smart thing considering my body was yelling at me to stop. At least I listened.
I probably wasn’t exactly ready to run 9 miles. Two weeks ago I did 8 and that felt MUCH better than yesterday’s 9. I haven’t done enough during the week to support these longer runs and I know this is the way you get injuries. My calves are TIGHT this morning. I failed to foam roll/Tiger Tail last night and I’m regretting it today. My plan is to hit a few more miles today since the weather is cooperating. Not to mention, yesterday’s run was only marginally better than the aforementioned soul-sucking one so I need some good running mojo.
OH! That reminds me – yesterday’s run also included a forceful headwind, some snow and chilly weather. I swear my weather app completely lied to me, they made it sound like the conditions were much friendlier than they turned out to be. So I warmed up on the couch with Simon and some Twilight – I needed a good movie marathon.