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Terrible run this morning

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today, I officially finished my 5K your way training program. Never mind that I ran my first 5K (at the Bronx Zoo) 3 weeks ago and I actually ran most of it (with a few short walking breaks). I should have been able to finish the 5 week program before my Bronx Zoo 5K but life got in the way so I was only in week 3 by the time the 5K arrived. But I'm not one to quit AND I *really* wanted that SparkPeople trophy (yes, I'm extremely competitive by nature). So I've been using the last 3 weeks since my race to finish up the remaining 2 weeks I had left on the training program.

Ideally I'd like to run more often than I have but I just haven't been able to with my schedule lately. I'd like to go back to running 3X per week, especially since I've got another 5K on May 31st. And even though I now know that I can run 3.1 miles, I've been more or less using the run/walk intervals from the 5K training program. I find running continuously still to be rather hard and I think the biggest problem still is figuring out the pacing. For the Bronx Zoo 5K, I managed to pace myself really well by finding other runners going at a pace I felt comfortable with and syncing my pace with theirs. It's much harder when you're out by yourself. I run with music however so I'm wondering if I set up a dedicated playlist for just running that I might be able to do better with pacing. I'll have to experiment with that. So basically, I still have to figure this whole pacing thing out.

I don't usually go running in the morning but this afternoon we've got a party to go to (more on that later) and it's going to be hot today. The forecast is for a high of 80 and plenty of sun, which will just make it feel hotter. So I wanted to get out there before it got too hot. I realized there is one additional benefit to running at the Duck Pond. Since it's by water and the trees provide shade, it tends to be cooler than everywhere else. I also realized that if I do 3 longer loops around the Duck Pond, it's exactly 5K. So now I have a good way to measure my pacing.

Even though I got to the Duck Pond at 9:30 am, it was still hotter than I prefer for running. It made things hard. And I must also be allergic to something there that releases their pollen in the morning. Towards the end of the run, I had to stop and walk because I could barely breathe. The congestion was terrible and I had even taken allergy meds (OTC) before I went out. I think it's time to finally see my doctor regarding my allergies. I need better or different meds or something. I hate not being able to breathe when I run.

I've also been lucky so far in that I've never felt sick or anything during my runs. I usually eat a banana or an English muffin or a granola bar beforehand and I feel fine. But today, my husband had made coffee since he had gotten up early (again, more on that later) and I had half a cup along with my English muffin an hour before I went out. Of course I used half and half in my coffee. I think it must have been the half and half that made me want to puke when I was in my last loop-around. Thank goodness I had hardly anything in my stomach. Otherwise, I would have been sick in public.

So today was not my best run. I didn't feel great afterwards like I usually do and was just so thankful it was finally over. But hey, I finished it. I really wanted to quit after 1 loop around but I forced myself to keep going. And you know what, loop 2 became that much easier. And despite my desire to puke and/or the inability to breathe, I still managed to complete the 5K in 36 min. I still have a lot I've got to figure out when it comes to my body and running but things can only get better from here, right?

So the party we've got later is a birthday party for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday. She knows of the party but she doesn't know the extent of how big this is going to be or the fact that so many of her friends she hasn't seen in awhile will be there too. The biggest surprise however will be that my sister-in-law Amy will be there. My husband Mark travels a lot for work and has a ton of airline miles. Since Amy couldn't afford the ticket out here, Mark used his miles to buy her a ticket. That's why we were up early this morning, to pick up Amy at the airport. I'm really excited for today. I know my mother-in-law is going to be beyond thrilled to see Amy.

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    Whenever I have a bad run I usually learn something new. emoticon
    2999 days ago
    A wise woman once told me that not every run can be our fastest, nor best runs. Keep it up! You just ran a 5k!!
    2999 days ago
    I wrote in a blog the other day about my recent decision to KEEP walking intervals as part of my run/walk routine. I feel so much better when I walk/run. Check out the Galloway Method.

    When I started to train, I bought myself an Ironman watch. It has lots of handy features that might help with your pacing. The interval feature really helps me with my pacing.

    2999 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I believe you are being much to hard on yourself. Forget the competitive stuff. I had been an athlete all my life before I lost control of myself. I played football in the ACC, and amateur competitive tennis. I keep it all in focus now. Your first 5K goal should be to finish. You set a standard and you work from there.

    Patience is something we all have to master. I was one week behind in my Half Marathon training. I did my Half and now I compete with myself. I always tell people be thankful that you have the ability to run. Period! Continue to set the time to run 3x a week. It just gets easier and easier.

    For a long time, I never thought I could ever do it. I'm thankful that I can every race I run. And I am so proud to cross that finish line. Oh, I stated running at 60. I'll be 62 on May 25. Now get out there and embrace that run every time you put your shoes on. I wish you all the best, listen to your body, and be well!
    2999 days ago
  • DANA564
    We've all had those bad run days. It could have been the heat, possibly the coffee, maybe the allergy medicine. I have found that all of those factors affect me one way or the other. Soon you'll learn which things to avoid before a run and how to cope with the heat. But the good news is, Hey You Did It!! emoticon Now you can relax and enjoy the party and the next run will be better than ever!
    2999 days ago
    we all have good days and bad days.

    you ran, even though you didn't really feel like doing it (victory!)

    you kept running, even though you wanted to stop (victory!)

    you ran over 3 miles (victory, victory, victory!)

    pacing is difficult for me too. When I first started running, I ran to LOTS of Bob Dylan music to keep my pace slower. I have several RUN folders on my MP3. I need to set up a few RACE folders.

    I know there are various websites that will give you lists of music with the BPM that you want, but I've never used that. It would probably make things easier.
    2999 days ago
    Here is a terrible little poem I made just for you, with apologies to Daniel Powter. Sung to the tune of "So You Had a Bad Day."

    Because you ran a 5K
    You taking one down?
    You wanted to quit but you didn’t back down!
    You say you don’t know
    You tell me don’t lie
    It make have been cream but the pollen was high
    You ran a 5K!
    The scale don’t lie:
    You’re at your goal weight and getting better each time...
    You run a 5K,
    You ran a 5K!

    I hope your party was great! Congratulations on getting that 5K Your Way Trophy, you really earned it today!
    2999 days ago
    I don't know why all my posts are coming up twice today.
    2999 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2012 6:38:55 PM
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