6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Better today than Boston

I had an incredibly horrible run today...from step #1 I was fatigued, could not catch my breath and had a pain on my left side. I tried to keep up with my running friends but I continued to fall behind, the further I fell back the more frustrated and anxious I became. We were running in a city I kinda knew but I rode with Tammy to Heidi's house and was not sure how I would get home if I couldn't keep up. And I had no idea how to get back to Heidi's... UGH!!

I pushed all I could for 13.5 miles of the planned 22 miles. I am not sure if my body, mind, or a combo, finally shut down as I could barely keep my eyes open. For the FIRST TIME in my running career I called for help. I have cut many runs short, but have never had to call Muscle Man to Rescue me.

Pride bruised, I pulled the sweaty $5 out of my pocket and bought a Hot Chocolate as I waited in the 50's style Diner in Buckley....

More on this later... Thanks to Chelsea and Jess for your Texts an concern :) and to everyone on Facebook and Dailymile... Off to bed and instead of dwelling on what could have been I am tealling myself..

Better today than Boston

  • I struggle with listening to my body vs. getting the planned training miles in. Do you struggle with this as well? How do you get past it?

27 comments:

JJK said...

Found you on 5MilesPastEmpty!! LOVE your blogs!!
I attempted 9 miles on Tuesday, in Houston, with my husband and his Uncle, who runs ONCE a week. It was a trail run, which I NEVER do, and my longest run to date was 6 miles. I told myself I could knock out 9 with some walking. I made it 5.6, and walked more than I ran. Completely and totally defeating. My legs hurt, it was muddy so my feet were heavy, the humidity is different than I'm used to, and I am CLUMSY so uneven mud was not good to me!
Today, I face-planted on the sidewalk of a busy street after only a mile and my ankle hurt to bad to run more after.... Sometimes we have bad days/weeks (in my case) but we gotta keep on keepin on!!! There's always tomorrow!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Glad to text you! There have been MULTIPLE times you have picked me up with your messages.

I like the mindset, better today than Boston and am glad you listened to your body. As I get further into this "running thing" I realize I will have many days where I have to weigh the training PLAN against the BODY in training.

tomorrow will be better!

Kerrie T. said...

I wonder what was going on. Sometimes calling it a day is the hardest part, but glad you listened to your body. Hugs!

Richelle said...

You have a good attitude about the scrapped run... better today than when it really matters (like in Boston). I think you probably just had "one of those days."

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

ugh, I’m so sorry that happened to you!! You are right though, better today than Boston and do you best to put it behind you and forget about it! Next run will be better for you! :)

Rachel Wasserman said...

I know how frustrating it can be when the body "doesn't cooperate" -- I try to think of it as urging me to recover harder on that day. Sounds like you did that...hot chocolate = chocolate milk = the ultimate recovery food. Hope you put your feet up and gave your body what it was asking for!

Coy Martinez said...

I called for a pick-up on my final long run before the Philadelphia Marathon back in Nov. I cramped up big time at mile 17. I have NEVER called for help! I was so worried but my race ended up great. I just made sure to never go against the grain of rest again. DONT WORRY! Just listen to that Van Morrison song....there'll be days like this :)

Holly said...

I've never had to call for help but I scrapped an 11 mile run at 5 last week. There are some days that I think I should scrap a run but than it turns into a good one. I have always been very in tune to my body, and even improved my running form because of it, so I usually listen to my body if it's telling me that it's not a good day! Good luck, you will be fine!

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

Sometimes it just doesn't work out! Usually for me, I can correlate it to the food I ate (or didn't eat) the day before. Sometimes I just scrap the plans and try again the next day. Hang in there Mel!!!!

ajh said...

Sorry to hear about your hard run. You will have it back your next run I am sure. Don't beat yourself up.

Rene' said...

I think that this happens to everyone. good for you for calling it a day. sometimes you have to know when to quit. the next run will be great and boston is just around the corner:) so excited for you!

Julie said...

I totally had a run like that yesterday :-(
I was like, whose body is this??
Totally started doubting myself and my abilities.

Sorry!
Yes! Better today than Boston!

REST YOUR BODY!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I think you have to have the bad to really appreciate the good. I used to take the good for granted, but after hobbling home for 4 miles when I got hurt last month, I no longer do.
I agree with you, get it out of your system now. You are going to do great in Boston!

Shells said...

As usual, Mel, I always appreciate your honesty and your "human-ness" (which generally comes at a time when I'm convinced you might be superhuman). You are an amazing athlete and person, and it takes guts to share everything in such a public forum!! The miles don't matter if you're hurting physically or mentally. Sometimes we just need a break! Hope you're feeling better today!

mostlyfitmom said...

Yeah, I've had some runs like this. Usually I can correlate it to what I ate (or failed to eat), lack of rest, etc. I remember telling my trainer, who was training for her 2nd Ironman at the time, about a particularly bad run and she said I would be shocked by the number of bad workouts she had. It's just about continuing on with your plan and chalking it up as a bad day.

kimert said...

I am sorry to hear your didn't go as planned. There have been runs (while I am no where near the mileage you are) that have felt bad for me from the get go. It is incredibly hard to push through. Yesterday was my first 12 mile run and it wasn't good for me. I felt slow, like my legs were so tired they didn't want to move and my metal game was off. I pushed but have never been more glad to have a run done and over with.
I like your positive nature in saying better today than Boston. Rock on, Tall Mom!!!

Little Miss Runshine said...

Sorry about the run!
But you are completely right, at least it was not Boston!
And there are always bad training runs. Its good to get the bad run over with.
Hope you have a good Sunday!

ShutUpandRun said...

I had a similar run today. Even if Boston feels this way, which I know it won't right, we will still be okay. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

Beth said...

This has happened to me a few times, its always hard to accept but some days just aren't running days. Keep your chin up and try again another day =)

Marlene said...

I think we all need to get a run like this out of our system - you're right, better today than Boston. This is also a good reminder to have money and a phone because you just never know. Glad you got help. And you are a TROOPER for hanging in as long as you did.

Kate said...

I've had two confidence shattering long runs in a row. YOU know that you're capable of getting in the miles and it just wasn't in the cards for today. Much smarter to listen to your body rather than your pride.

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh i've had that 'have to call the husband to pick me up' run before. they're awful. but sometimes they just happen! hope you're feeling rested and better today. :)

Morgan said...

It happens girl don't let it get you down. You did the right thing and probably prevented yourself from being seriously injured. I hope you got plenty of R & R the rest of the weekend.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Haha. I ALWAYS struggle with my plans versus what my body tells me it needs. The typical outcome is a head cold, injury, or something else requiring time off of training.

To remedy that, I simply built more flexibility into my training schedule - an extra "cross training" day that can be used as rest if needed, the ability to switch days around in case I'm not feeling the run and want to cut short or cut my pace and run longer.

For me, it's really hard to acknowledge that my body needs the schedule changed, so I completely understand it being hard for you to call Muscle Man, but in the end, it's "Health First, Training Second."

Run with Jess said...

So sorry - but chin up!! I think every runner can attest to those days... but the only failure is in not trying again... and I KNOW you will!! Sometimes it's hard to listen to our bodies, but mine absolutely screams at me to rest when I need it. Great attitude... you'd rather have it happen now than in a couple weeks!! Your next run is gonna ROCK!

Carrie said...

You've got the right outlook. It's how I felt last weekend as I struggled thru my long run. Better today than next weekend at my race, I told myself.

You'll feel better with some rest and will probably rock your next run!

Feel better!!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Ok a couple of things: 1) glad you had a $5 with you 2) yes it is hard to call it quits but sometimes you just have to 3) your are RIGHT! Better then than at Boston. 4) I would have come to get you. =( 5) I need the whole story, I feel my blood boiling.