Tuesday, August 3, 2010

They can't all be good runs

This morning's run was one to forget.  I should have known that tempting the running gods with the simple comment of "my running is really clicking lately" would be a sure fire way to anger them into a shart inducing, dead legs, wind sucking run.

I had 7 miles with 5 at tempo of 6:55 on the schedule.  I managed the 7 miles, but my 5 tempo were only at 7:05.  Doesn't sound too bad right?  Well, these miles FELT like they were at 5K pace and I took a pretty solid 90 second break at the half to catch my breath.  The details are in Garmin's crappy training graph:

While I was running, struggling to keep the tempo pace, my legs felt heavy.  Almost as if I had a cinder block tied to each of my ankles.  I had felt this before, but never so early and never so heavy.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, not only did it seem like I had a brick strapped to my side like a little chihuahua, literally (actually quite figuratively) I hit the wall.  Hit the wall at 3.5 miles!  I had to take a breather and get something to drink.


While I am frustrated that the run wasn't all that I wanted to be, I am conscious of the fact that not all runs can be good runs.  I'm reminded of a number of soliloquies that I've heard over my many many (29) years on this earth:

  • When life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade
  • You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them (Hmmm, those are probably just lyrics to a song)
  • That dog don't hunt (wait, that was a Dr Phil saying)
  • They can't all be winners
  • This ain't my first rodeo! (opps, another Dr Phil saying)


They can't all be winners, especially when it comes to lemonade.  The trick, I've found, is to isolate what may have caused the run (for me, it was being more tired than a prostitute on dollar night (brother in law saying)) and work to avoid it going forward.  That is why we train.  We train for the races yet to come.  We train to avoid repeating training mistakes during a race where we threw down cold hard cash.  Quite simply, we train to get better.

Fortunately, sometimes getting better just means getting a nice cold drink.




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Ried, a super fast 3:09 Phoenix area marathoner and Junior High track coach, is also expecting a baby (his fourth (!!!)).  His wife (who is the actual one carrying the baby) is having a $25 BornFit giveaway, among other goodies included in the contest (running while preggers book, no sew baby wrap).

To be entered in the contest, all that you have to do is head over to her blog, do some twitter following, some blog commenting, and some brainstorming on what her running while carrying baby series should be called and you are entered!  The contest goes for another week or 10 days, but right now you have a 1 in 10 chance of winning at LEAST $25 worth of loot.  Pretty good odds if you ask me!

So, if you are expecting, know someone who is expecting (hello re-gifting!!), want to be expecting, or maybe just like to get cuddly with your little lap puppy, head over and get entered.

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Finally, if you haven't heard already, I wanted to let you know about this cool giveaway from GoLite taking place ALL summer long. For 93 days, GoLite is giving away gear. You enter once (on their website), and you are signed up for the entire contest. You can win anything from a $700 tent to a $300 jacket to running gear and hydration systems.


The winner is announced everyday on the GoLite facebook page at around noon MST.



27 comments:

Emz said...

did you draw those pretty pictures all by yourself?

Emz said...

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you. – Unknown

Reid said...

Love the pictures, Adam! Thanks for posting my wife's contest!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Uh, you watch too much Dr. Phil! But your pictures are super pretty!

Tressa-Adorable Wife

Jamoosh said...

I thought all runs were good runs regardless of performance.

Adam said...

EMZ - They were draw by number.

Jamoosh - You must be much more forgiving of mid-run incontinence than I am!

Andrew Opala said...

"Almost as if I had a cinder block tied to each of my ankles" ... yet in the picture only one cinder block tied to one ankle ... hmmm then you must have been imagining the second! :)

Chad said...

You should really check out the graphs on garmin connect. The desktop application, garmin training center, does the worst job of scaling the pace. 1:15:00 minutes/mile? I'm going that fast right now in my office chair.

Jill said...

I really don't care that you had a crappy run, we all have them (ok, I do care!! :) ) but I just want to know how you make those cool graphics!!!

Rad Runner said...

Adam- is the darker blue part on the little man drawing sweat? is that what that is? GOld star..

Lisa said...

I have definitely had runs like the one you described, but I've never illustrated them with such beautiful drawings!

MCM Mama said...

Love your analysis of your run. ;o)

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

From this post I take away your mad skilz at draxing with what? Paint? Impressive. Maybe you should quit running and make little pictures for bloggers, bloggers who want to blog about dragging cinder blocks and hitting walls!

But no really, it was just a bad run. THANK GOODNESS it wasn't a race. That is what I always say, a bad training run gives me better odds at a good race day. BAd runs just don't happen that often. I hope you can shake it off. You'll be awesomer tomorrow.

Yes, awesomer IS a word. I wtote it didn't I? You read it without dificulty, right? Point made.

Psyche said...

I would like to hire you to illustrate my first run in my wear test shoes last night...First, my right foot went numb. You get the picturee! You are TOO FUNNY!!! If you EVER get to NC, SC, GA...I HAVE to meet you:)

The Sean said...

I hate to be the voice of actual feedback here... but perhaps you need to look at the prior 10 days of training- you might just be a little tired. Did you not just run a near PR a few days ago??? It's all good. When you are physically fatigued just focus on form!

Laura said...

Suck-A-Mundo runs bite. I have had plenty. I am keeping my chin up for my next few after 4 non running days.

ShutUpandRun said...

I don't know what you're talking about. I never have sucky runs. If only. My suck fest was yesterday when I went to the track to find it covered in water and mud and had to do my one mile repeats along a busy road. Not ideal and I was menatlly psyched out. I am way slower than you so my miles were in the 7:20s range and I thought I was going to die. It's very humbling.

Ace said...

But at least you run faster than Dr. Phil....

aron said...

ugg sometimes we just need a kick in the pants reminder to appreciate the good runs. hope the next one is awesome!

love the art :)

BrianFlash said...

Is overtraining starting to rear its ugly head? I agree - look at the previous 10 days and see how things are going. Maybe it is time for a few days off (or at least a step back week).

Her Name is Rio said...

As an artist, you have captured how I've felt on many a run. Either the cinder blocks are tied to my legs or to my backside. Or was that Dr. Phil who said that? :)

Christina said...

Welcome to heat and humidity. Its hard keeping a good mental attitude in the summer when the heat affects everything.

i didn't know about the golite giveaway. thanks.

Julie said...

Oh Adam,
My whole week has been like your one little run:) I am loving the pictures...who knew that you were an artist?

You need to let us know how your lovely wife is doing. I request an updated pregger picture:) I hope everything is going great for her and that she is feeling awesome and energetic!

Take care of yourself Adam!

Colin Hayes said...

Hey, fellow crash-and-burner, just don't let it get into your head, and know that we all have them from time to time. You can definitely learn from it (what...I'm still trying find out).
Which reminds me of one of MY favorite sayings: "all in all, it's just another brick in the wall"
(or are THOSE also song lyrics?)

Chris K said...

Okay, so maybe your run wasn't super impressive. But, look at your Garmin time. 5:48 a.m. Now THAT is impressive.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Could this be a sign of over training? IDK. When I have a bad run in the midst of training and just feel SO EXHAUSTED...I've found that turning a planned short run into an "off day" does wonders in terms of rejuvenating me. Maybe you just need a small break in order to kill this run next time!

kilax said...

Oh gosh. I LOVE the pics you drew. I hope the next runs go better.

Have fun at the race this weekend! :) One of these days, we need to plan our IA trips concurrently :)