Monday, November 21, 2011

No More Excuses - Right after this one...

Today I had a post all written out in my head about how I was no longer going to let myself use excuses for crappy runs.  It was witty and eloquent, it really was.  But Monday I had a crappy run, and now today I think I'm getting a cold.  Check out what I posted on twitter:


For the record, I pushed it.** I wanted to run 6x800 in 5:55 but had to cut it short after 4x800 (in a time that was actually faster than plan at 5:51/mile - but I was DYING)  So, the fact that my run was crap was because I have an excuse. Right? Ugh.  I seriously feel like Lindsay Lohan every time she is in front of a judge.  "Oh no your honor, I won't drink EVER again, I promise."  Sure you won't Lindsay, sure you won't...... we all know how this story ends:

On the bright side, she is at least getting cuter as she gets further down the meth/coke/booze tunnel.
Who would have thought that!? Lolo, you're all grow'ed up!

On Monday, it was because I had ran long the day before, it was humid, and I had to run the last 1.5 miles trying not to 'paint the town brown***. Today it is because I am getting a cold.  What is it going to be tomorrow?  Nuclear meltdown?  Probably.

So, what about tomorrow's run?  The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn't run if you have a chest cold but if you have a head cold you can run.  The division you can see pictorially in a picture of RunningLaur and myself at IronMan AZ this weekend (update on that tomorrow!).  My issue is mostly burning when I pee in my throat / neck / center of my chest****.  So, while I'm not hacking, I don't have a headcold and I've lost my voice.  Honestly?  I'll probably run.  Do as coach Adam says, not as coach Adam does!

The fact is, I told myself yesterday that I would no longer let my marathon in Savannah be an excuse to not push myself to the limit.  I found myself cutting 7 and 8 milers to 5 and telling myself that "It's okay, I'm in recovery".  The race was over 16 days ago - more than enough time to jump back into training full force. And that is what I plan on doing - as long as this bubonic plague (I assume that is what it is) doesn't interfere too much.

What do you use as an excuse to not get outside/to the gym?

**Pushed it, pushed it real good
***I'd see THAT musical on broadway.  It'd be 40 runners on stage doing the "I gotta poop, duckwalk"
****That's what she said

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Two things to pimp like I'm holding a glass of 'crunk'
First, go sign up for my Sweat Your Thorns Off Virtual 5K!  There.will.be.PRIZES!!!!! (Said in Oprah voice)

Second, enter my 1,000th post Brooks Shoe giveaway!

12 comments:

Brian said...

I'm still giggling at "paint the town brown."

For all the running the advice I could glean from this site, I read it for poop jokes.

I try not to make excuses...but I also try to analyze beyond "some days I've got it, some days I don't" why I feel great some days and not great others for seemingly now apparent reason...which ends up just leading to excuses.

Char said...

No excuses - I'm totally hard core. Except I broke my nail and I can't possibly run till I've seen my manicurist.

Kate said...

I don't think I make excuses, but I'm willing to accept crappy performances from myself. That's not good either.

XLMIC said...

I don't know about this... sometimes you need a break. Sometimes after running a billion gajillion miles a week and racing a marathon, you might be well-advised to step back and chill. Getting rundown can lead to catching colds... ya know?

I hope you're feeling all better soon :)

Jamoosh said...

First, I opted not enter your giveaway because I don't wear Brooks and that will increase the odds of someone who does of winning. I am cool like that.

Second, are you positive 16 days is enough for a full recovery? As a coach, you know recovery is a finicky number and does not bide by our proclamations. Personally, I have had marathons where I was ready go after a week and I have also had marathons where I needed three weeks of recovery before I was back up to speed.

Scallywag said...

I love excuses. Today, for example, the moon is in mercury retrograde and I cant possibly do any work or I will be doomed to failure.

Obviously the knee crisis was an IDEAL running excuse...

But still, 16 days isnt that much!

Also, should I be worried that the only blog posts of mine you comment on feature half naked young men? Extremely suspicious... ha ha!

Chicken said...

Normally, it's "cause I don't wanna!" Or sometimes lunch sounds better than sweating. Or beer sounds better. Or sleep.

Andrew Opala said...

ok ... I will sign up.

But this has to be last time!

I hope you are feeling better. Being sick is the pits. But it's the little one. They're the chief cause of sicky-ness.

who's Lindsay Lohan?

Laura said...

I like the term "paint the town brown." That was basically what I was trying to convey in my IM but I couldn't come up with as classy a way to say it as you have.

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RunningLaur said...

1. I'm glad your finally feeling better.
2. That WAS a nice picture of us at IMAZ.