For the first time ever I quit a long run. And as disappointed as I was, I think it was the right thing to do. I had a nice head cold, didn't dress appropriately for the weather, and just plain didn't feel good. I set out hoping for a 12-14 miler. But after the sun disappeared and the cold rain and wind started up, not wearing a hat or gloves or socks took it's toll. I stopped at one point to decided whether I should tough it out and found that I couldn't move my forehead or mouth very well. I also was feeling slightly dizzy. I decided to call it quits. I called my mother in law and she drove out and got me. I sat in the warm tub for a long time sulking. When you feel crappy, it's hard to imagine feeling good. It's hard to remember why I think I can do these things. And it's easier to understand why people quit. I don't like to think of myself as a quitter, which is why it was hard to stop running even though it was hard. I like to think that I am able to push through pain. But on that day, I just didn't feel like punishing my body.
Monday I set out feeling much better and did 8 miles like it was nothing. I know that the mind has a lot of control over the body. But sometimes, listening to what the body is trying to tell us isn't always a bad thing. At least in a training run, right? Hopefully this week turns out much better.
I should wear a hat just to cover up those scrawny bangs. But boy, it was a gorgeous morning.
Now I'll leave you with two of my favorite dishes.
Leftover salmon with orzo pasta, broccoli, Italian dressing, and tomatoes. Seriously, I could eat this every day.
Eggs, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, and wheat tortillas. YUM!
How do you handle bad running days?
What is a favorite thing that you are eating lately?
Monday: 5.5 mile run outside in socks, .5 miles barefoot
Tuesday: 5.5 mile run outside in socks, full body weights, 60 spin class
Wednesday: 5 mile run outside (.5 barefoot the rest in gorilla feet)
Thursday: full body weights, 60 spin class
Friday: 4.5 mile run outside in gorilla feet
Saturday: 9 mile run outside in gorilla feet