Like a shark circling its prey, I stuck very close to my car today. I went out with the goal of running 10 miles in the rain with the F’N Running Club:
However, it didn’t take me long to realize that my legs were dead and weak from being sick and I needed to stick close to the car. The car being my life line & safety net! This is exact opposite my normal MO. On a normal day, I would rather someone drop me off 10 or 20 miles from the house and let me fight my way home rather than keep running past my car and each time having to talk myself out of getting in it and going back home. But I know my body and when it’s weak, it’s weak. I knew that my car had an emergency bag which “might” keep me going for 10 miles. Worth a shot, right?
First “Circle”: I ran 2 miles ( 1 mile out, then back), then stopped at the car to grab my calf sleeves, a sip of water & blow my nose on a tissue
rather than my sleeve.
Second “Circle”: 4 miles – 2 miles out & then back. My legs were DEAD, so I took a gel, drank some water, shed one of my wet layers & grabbed my iPod….. yep, I was desperate. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I used a gel for a 10 miler. It’s been more than a few years. However, I did today and it was a life saver!
Last “Circle”: 4 miles – 2 miles out & back in the opposite direction. It actually felt okay. By this time the rain was coming pretty hard and it was difficult to stay warm but overall, I was pretty happy. The gel gave me the little boost that I needed to keep me moving and the music was a nice distraction. I’m sure it didn’t hurt either that I was almost done and knew that I could actually get in the car and leave this time! 🙂
My pace was all over the place. As I ran away from my car it was slow going, but as I ran back toward my car each time my
body was fooled in to thinking it was done pace quickened. It worked. 10 miles complete. 9:30 pace. Not the norm but a total win considering how my body feels. I absolutely dedicate this run to my FL Ragnar Team. If not for them, I’m not sure I would have been strong enough to haul it up and out of the house today. In the cold. In the rain. When I really just wanted to sleep.
Don’t be afraid to change your game plan after you get out on the trail. You know your body. You know how you feel. Each day and each run is different. Sometimes, you need to stick close to home base (your house or car!) for practical or safety reasons. No big deal. Just get out there and do what you can do you, adjust the plan accordingly, and you “might” surprise yourself.
** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **