Where am I in this photo? At death’s door.
When did I start training year round? I mean seriously? Runners train for Fall and Spring season right? We take off during the hottest months. At least when I started running I did. I ran no races in the summer. The latest race I use to run was the Memorial Day 5k. I ran the Run for the Pies 5k back in 2010 and thought I had lost my mind. And it was a 5k, 3.1 miles, get done in 30:00 minutes or less.
Now I run marathons, ultras, TRI’s and I am running crazy stupid mileage in July, August, September in Florida when it’s HOT. Okay HOT is not the right word. How about…hot as the sun and trying to dodge the wet sponge humidity that chafes the most bizarre places on my body. Soul sucking ,no relief, death march runs. And because I’m such a type A personality, if my coach says I have to run 23 miles and we’re in the middle of a heatwave-too bad-I have to run it.
That’s what I was aiming to do this past Saturday…
Hurricane Dorian was coming and our regular group run was canceled. But I had a mission-23 miles no matter what. Everyone was at the beach and I was alone. I’m getting use to that. I run slower(per coach by the way), and so I notice no one seems to want to run with me. Just an observation but happening more and more.
Anyway, I began at 6:15ish and just wasn’t feeling right. My left toe was still bothering me, but I shrugged it off and took that beautiful sunrise picture. I had bathroom breaks, I drank water from water fountains, I ate my 2 honey stinger chews every 45 minutes-I was doing everything right. My pace was between 11:30-12:00 with 1:00 run/:30 walk. At River Oaks Rd, I turned around at 11 miles(I knew I would have to run a tiny bit further but I was okay with it), and began the run/walk back. I started to slow down dramatically around Old San Jose at CareSpot(thank God for their cold water fountain). Then, I had to walk more and run less. Remember I was by myself(my support crew had slept in). I started to get dizzy. I stopped at Winn Dixie and got wet paper towels for the back of my neck. I was not dehydrated. Everything was working right. Made it to Bolles and ended up walking(with a purpose-15:00 minute mile). Debating whether I should sit down but I knew I would never get up if I did, so kept going. Debated calling Chris but feeling stubborn-I only had 3.30 to go damn it! Luckily Chris texted me and I let him know where I was and asked for Gatorade. So my knight in shining armor(green Jeep) rescued me and brought 32 ounces of orange Gatorade/water which I guzzled down a couple of minutes later. It was 10:30 a.m. Was I really out there that freaking long?!
Long story, short…sometimes you do what worked before and it doesn’t work today. Learn from it. Have a plan B(I had no cash or credit card-stupid!). Or do 4-5 mile loops especially if you’re by yourself. It’s okay if you don’t get your prescribed mileage in-listen to your body first and foremost. I should’ve listened that first mile. After all tomorrow is another opportunity to get out for a run!
Why yes we are!
It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,