Sunday, September 14, 2008
OK, my 20 miler didn't go as planned today. I actually only got through 15. It seemed like everything was going wrong: I didn't have enough water on my second pass around the loop, it was VERY windy (Thank you, IKE), my iPod was bugging me because of the wind, I was hot (actually got sunburned), and I just plain didn't feel like doing it.
Kind of odd, though, I was almost crying during the run - I just didn't feel like I could take another step - I walked a lot of it. It was like I had never run 20 miles without stopping before.
Because I felt so bad - doing 15 miles in the same time it normally takes me to do 18 or so, I stopped. I just couldn't finish it.
Then, I got in my car and drove home. I saw trees down, leaves everywhere - it looked as if there had been a tornado in my neighborhood. Maybe that explains it; 15 miles into a header will wear anyone out. I also was very dehydrated; I weighed myself afterward, and was down 2 pounds; usually my weight is the same after a run.
Now, I'm watching the storm that destroyed Galveston blow trees over. The tree in my neighbor's yard is split in half - it is about 3 feet in diameter. If one side goes, it blocks the street and takes out power lines. If the other side goes, it takes out my covered porch. Will keep all posted about this.
The question is, should I doubt myself because I had a really bad run? Or should I just move on. I've already run 2 20's and have one more to go. My race is 5 weeks from today...