“Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport.” ~Bill Rodgers
Today was supposed to be my easy run day. In my training schedule Sundays are the days when I only run 2 miles, no matter what. I can go any speed I want as long as I complete the run. The best and worst part of having a schedule is always knowing when and how long you are supposed to run. Knowing I only had to do 2 miles today made me overestimate myself. I had just done 3 miles on Friday and most of it was uphill so 2 miles was going to be a piece of cake. I didn’t have anything to worry about
Long story short, it was the worst 2 miles I have run yet. What could go wrong, did go wrong. First my shoes felt too loose, then they felt too tight. The sidewalks are covered with ice so I had to run on the road which wouldn’t have been so bad but there is also a ton of ice on road and I have to stop and wait every time a car drives by. My legs felt tired and heavy even from the very beginning (it usually takes a while).
And then the worst possible thing happened. After running for only about 5 minutes, my Map My Run app announces that I’ve run a mile. Um…no. I haven’t. I know this 2 mile loop. I run it every week. I am no where near a mile. These are all the things I am yelling at my phone…outloud. For me, the first mile is always the hardest. Usually, once I hear my phone tell me I’ve hit a mile, it’s all smooth sailing. So, now, knowing this app is completely wrong and messed up, I am so pissed off that I basically give up especially because this is not the first time it has happened.
Around what my Map My Run App said was mile 2, I began to get back into the swing of things and get my bearings. For a while on my run I blamed my bad mood on the app, but really, it was me. I knew I was going to have to run today and just assumed that because I had been able to complete every run up until now that this one would be easy.
But last night I got a lot of sleep (as in 5 hours more than normal), making me more tired than usual. I haven’t done my hip strengthening exercises in a week. I did an hour of cardio and bike riding the day before. I was clearly dehydrated since I drank almost no water the day before. I had too many hard ciders (celebrating a night with no kids for the first time in a month). I ate a crappy dinner (don’t ask) and then ate salty tortilla chips for a snack (ugh). All this stuff combined together, including my terrible attitude, really affected my run. I never really thought about things like drinking enough water or eating the right meal the night before could have such a negative effect, simply because when I first started out I couldn’t do it anyway. One crappy meal or one glass of water was not going to propel me past feeling like death after running for 5 minutes.
While my run was terrible (lets not even talk about times, considering I’m already as slow as a turtle), it was definitely enlightening. I’m learning now the more I push myself in the running department, the more I need to take care of myself in other areas. I can’t slack off in one area and hope that it doesn’t effect the others. And now that I’m actually doing THIS I need to do it the right way.
So, the rest of today is all about drinking water, stretching, making friends with my foam roller, and planning my meals for the week.
Oh yeah, and finally buying a Garmin because I am so over the Map My Run lady telling me I ran a mile in 5 minutes. That would have been nice…but no.