Monday, February 1, 2010

20 miler winner and missing out on the fun

First, I had probably one of my best 20 milers in recent memory on Sunday. I wanted to run at or around 8:20 pace and was able to beat that and then some at 8:15 pace – with more gas in the tank to spare.

As good as it ended up, the run honestly didn’t start out all that well. My iPod. GONE. DONE. FINISHED. Going to buy a new one. Also, my shins were screaming for the first 3-4 miles until I got off of the sidewalks and onto the dirt of the Phoenix Canals. Finally, I needed to take a small ‘pit stop’ nearly exactly at the half way point. By ‘small’ of course I mean 6 minutes of 1 on 1 time with the grocery store bathroom. The good thing is that my stomach didn’t bother me much before and didn’t bother me afterwards. I didn’t count the 6 minutes towards my overall pace, which is probably cheating just a little bit.



After my run, I decided that I would take the Adam version of an ‘ice bath’ to sooth my aching shins. What is the Adam version you ask? Surprisingly it doesn’t involve big hairy Greek men in towels telling me about the ‘old country’. It does however involve my un-heated spa water at a man-bits shrinking temperature of 50 degrees. Here I am doing my best to maintain some level of composure. I think that I only served to do an excellent Little Red Riding Hood impression.



I still have goosebumps thinking about it


Lastly, I’m conflicted. It seems like during the weekends of uber long runs (say, longer than 17 miles or 2.25 hours) the evening before is somewhat shot. The night before I don’t want to go out and party it up because my run will be a miserable shit fest (figuratively, not literally – usually). I like hanging with friends and having a fun time, but before a long run it just doesn’t seem worth it. During my 20 miler this weekend, I started to ask myself in various voices, my favorite being the Steve Urkel voice: “What am I missing out on?” usually followed by “did I do that!?” in the same Urkel voice. Honestly, depending on the day and how fun the stuff is that I am missing, I could go either way.

  • Watching everyone get sloppy drunk and stumbling all over the place like they are on Nyquil? Pass
  • Sharing funny stories with friends, complaining about work, and giving my brother in law shit about his political beliefs? *Ding ding* I’d take some of that please.

But, I do know one thing – I sure do like awesome 20 milers. And sometimes tough choices have to be made.

How do you find the balance of not letting a longer long run rule your life? Or, I guess DO you let it rule your life? Because if you do, that would be just fine with me too.

23 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Hey, good job on the 20 miler!!! I am so not there yet but have the biggest amount of respect for anyone who can run that far and live:) I love the picture, very cute! Your post made me smile:) Have a fabulous day Adam!!

The Sean said...

All about balance. Bi-weekly long runs allow for weekend fun time.

Is it a coincidence that your best 20-miler occurs with the death of the I-Pod??? I think not. Perhaps you tapped into something!

And... you need to sit down in that tub next time:) Be a man!

ShutUpandRun said...

Two things I love about this post:

1. Man bits (you know that doesn't make you sound well endowed, right?)
2. And you stopping for a 6 minute dump.

I would trade in a good 20 miler any day for missing stuff and the exhausted evening post run.

Mike Russell said...

Ah the war of the long workout v. your old friends. You need to get into a running group and make some running friends who can support your habit. Going out the night before a workout doesn't have to end -- just end it early. Go out and then call it a night around 10:00 without drinking. It can happen you know.

GeorgiaSnail said...

I am not going with the flow on this one....You look like Lester the Molester in that photo!...Just Sayin...

Nitmos said...

Is it weird that I want to know more about the big hairy Greek men in towels?

Razz said...

6 minutes??

Dude, the picture with the hoodie is freakin' me out.

Christy said...

Lester the Molester...LOL!

The only time a long run has knocked me out for the weekend is when I ran my 20. But I just think of it this way, if I run long on Saturday, I'll run in the afternoon or evening, and can still have fun on Friday. If not, than I run long on Sunday, and take it easy on Saturday. That doesn't really make sense, but it seems to work for me. Balance. One day of fun, one day of exercise.

BrianFlash said...

Running in excess = drinking in moderation

That formula definitely applies to me big time!

Morgan said...

My long runs wholey dominate my Friday night. B.o.B and I have a solid routine of; I get to her house at 7pm, we eat dinner, she is passed out from sleep aid by 8pm, I read my book until 9pm, turn out lights and sleep. We are so awesome. :)

But then you nap after your long run and are ready to rock! :)

Psyche said...

First time reader, here.(Thanks to Julie).

This is a very funny AND thought provoking post. I'm going to have to seriously re-think the whole long-runs-ruling-your-life thing now that Iknow I have a choice.

Ace said...

Its hard not to listen to the Steve Urkel voice. (Hey! Pipe down already!) I say you have to do both. Since you already are dropping the Double-D on long runs, might as well have the social time too...

Nat said...

I agree with GeorgiaSnail...all you need is one of those big white vans without windows and you'd be set.

Tricia said...

Great job!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

yikes! I got chills looking at your ice bath pic too! Hope the shins are feeling better! Nice job on the 20!

jeffg said...

6 minutes on the crapper?? Next time try 3 and then a sprint to the next grocery store that will have you and another 3. It's all about intervals man!!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

You raise a good point. And one of the reasons I haven't decided to do a full yet because I'm not sure that I'm ready to put in the time (among other things).

But even half marathon training is somewhat of a commitment. I think I need that in my life. If that means less drinking+more running than my friends, I'm okay with that. I think it's important to have certain "fun days" to look forward to. For example, the Super Bowl. I will NOT be going on a long run the day after it. I might do one the Saturday before though...

Rio said...

I recall RuPaul referring to "man-bits" as "the candy." LOL.
Anyways- referring to your question, it all depends. If I'm training for a specific race, either the long run takes precedence or I go out and end the night early. If not, I just do what I feel and accept the consequences, whatever that may be.

Jamoosh said...

I, of course, have no reason to talk, but honestly - you look like the Big bad Wolf doing a lousy impression of Red Riding Hood!

That said, love the ice bath. Duly noted!

Ulyana said...

I don't have any friends. Also, I'm not married. So, I don't have to make that choice ever.

Oh wait, none of that is true.

Oh the good ol' trade off. The best solution I found was make a bunch of running friends and then go out after the run. Although, that doesn't change the fact that the night before the long run should be low key. So, yeah, I'm as helpful as someone not very helpful.

Jill said...

Haha, I love your version of the ice bath. Since it's my quads that need attention after a long run, I would have to sit in that fountain and would probably drown since it's deep. But I love the concept! Nice run...you're so speedy!!! Will you come to Denver and pace me on my long runs :)?

Pat said...

21 comments. wow. I've done the pool in winter ice bath too.

RunnuRMark said...

50 degrees??? 50? suck it up, nancy boy.

And goddam that IS kind of a creepy picture.