Yeah, no one ever told me THIS (about running)

Hey hey hey, guess what? It's Thirsty Thursday! I mean, Take it and Run Thursday!

Today in the lounge we're talking about...what in running did you find out not by your running group, or in an article or friend, but by plain ole experience? I heard quite a bit that at first it would be hard, really hard, but it would get better with time and perseverance.

What I didn't learn from someone else until it happened to me, was that once running becomes "the thing you do," it could go back to being really, really hard. And I'm not just talking about after you take a month or two off, I'm talking about the days when one run is just awesome and you're flyin' and the next you feel like "oh my gawd, could I go any sloooower?!" Whether it be fueling or rest fluctuations, sometimes it just seems like those days the bod is saying "hello, this whole running thing...yeah, it's still hard no matter how many times we've done this before."

Sometimes those runs remind me that hey, it's okay to take a day off and take a walk and do yoga instead. And others, I think "what is wrong with this bod? get it together already!"

On another, but somewhat related note, I went on a 30 mile bike ride last night with wind coming at me from the front, side and back at various points on the ride. I decided to ride and save the knees for tonight's SPEED workout. However, I set out for the hills and the wind already hungry and with low energy. AND, it got cold quickly and I forgot to bring any arm or knee warmers.

When the wind hit me head on, the clouds started covering the sun, and I started to feel tired on the gentle rolling hills, I prob should have turned back, but I didn't. I kept saying "just a little bit further" until I was inching up the big hill and doing the full loop with no plans of turning back. I had a package of blueberry Luna moons (mmm, love the things!) with me so that sort of saved the day, but just by a hair. I got back to the man's at 830pm just as he was giving me a call to make sure I was okay. I was, thank goodness. Tired, but okay.

I hope I've learned from this. Learned that what can be jolly good fun can quickly turn to exhaustion, blood sugarless unfun if you're not careful.

And, here in Tracktown, USA, we have the Track & Field National Championships going on from today through Sunday! From my office I can hear the announcer. Literally feels like I'm at the meet right now. And tonight, after our SPEED workout, we'll head to the pub and rub elbows with all the real speed demons (prof. athletes) and track fans, while enjoying good beer, some food and live music! Gotta love it!


Morgan said…
Very jealous! Have fun! :)
Ugh! I SO agree with you on that one! Running is hard, no matter how long you've been running!!

Have fun tonight!!
Heather C said…
SO SO true. it may get easier on most days, but "the bod" is more than happy to remind you when little things are out of balance!

Can't wait to hear about your weekend!!! I wish I could be at that meet!

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