I am DIETING... Collective GASP...
With Hood to Coast just 22 days away I would like to be closer to my Racing weight of 185.. I have already lost 6 pounds thanks to the help of Tricia HERE, we are text-supporting each other. I still have 8 pounds to go to get to where I want to be. So I have cut out a few indulgences, mindless snacking, chocolate and adult beverages :) It was going really well until yesterday...
I set out for my planned 5 miles, with 3 at 7:30-8:00 pace including some Rolling Hills. I pondered doing the whole run at sub 8's to prepare for a little speed at HTC..
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I started off the run a little hungry and really thirsty. First Mile was flat and I came in at 7:36 which is great because mile 2 is where the HILLS start and I would need all the spare time I could get. I started up the HILL feeling strong, then started to FADE and FADE hard. I was not even 2 miles in and I felt like I was going to pass-out.. Light headed, THIRSTY and so FATIGUED..
Mile 2- 8:09, I tried to hold it together as I found the shade and continued at an OK pace but I was so thirsty. My legs were not under me, it was like the muscle weren't working.. My work badge fell out of my sports bra so I stopped to pick it up, I stopped my Garmin and just stood there... trying to catch my breath.. What started as a strong run turned into me feeling like I needed to walk back to my office.
I continued, my lips were totally chapped.. UGH!! Mile 3 8:40, I cut the CRAPTASTIC run short and finished with a decently paced 5K 8:08 overall pace.
1. I did not get enough SLEEP, Muscle Man and I went to see Harry Potter on our Anniversary and did not get to bed until after my usual bedtime.
2. We ate a very low calorie Dinner.
3. I ran an hour later than usual, so my mid-day snack had worn off.
4. I did not drink the usual 24 ounces I have by mid-day.
5. Bad Runs happen.
I did not want my day to end with that run... I wanted to feel good and like I could check off my workout for the day... So I got home, ate Chicken Enchiladas and set out again...
Run #2 from DailyMile...
I wanted to run to makeup for the GROSS run this morning. Took the family to the trail, the boys practiced riding bikes near the car while I set out. I felt guilty leaving them :( My only goal was to get sub 8:00 pace. I set out and the first mile was exactly 8:00 so I picked it up on the downhill and mile 2 was 7:38, turned and slightly uphill last mile. I waved at the few runners passing by, always nice to see a friendly face.. I got a side ache the last mile, probably from the Enchiladas I had at Dinner and pushing the pace.
The Bugs were crazy, 3 flew in my mouth, a couple in my eyes and tons hitting my face, what a PAIN.
7:55 overall pace!! Got my sweat on and finished with my boys racing me the last .1. GREAT RUN!!
Bad Runs Happen
.......and are likely to happen more often if you do not Sleep, Eat and Drink properly. When it happens to you, think back and try to find the WHY? What in your day was different? Find the answer and FIX IT!!
BAD RUNS HAPPEN
....it is up to you to take the BAD and turn it to a GOOD.
A few tricks to find your GREAT RUN..
-Un-plug and run for FUN. I call this Zen running, no Garmin, no pace goal, just you and the pavement.
-Meet a friend to break up the silence.
-Travel to your favorite place to run, enjoy the scenery
-Register for a Race, but not to Race....run the Race at your comfortable pace and people watch, enjoy the other Runners, the excitement, or maybe pace a friend using your energy to keep him/her going.
-And if all else FAILS, go shopping and get a cute new outfit (this is for you too guys!!) I always feel good when I am wearing cute Running clothes ;)
- What do you do when a BAD RUN HAPPENS to you??