Friday, June 29, 2012

Funny Foto Friday: My bonked run & Bad Race Photos

He hit the wall
And then he bought this lovely man dinner
Blogging is interesting. What I want to write about isn't necessarily what other people want to read.  Blogging about running is a prime example of this.  I'll ramble on about how I killed a run and people reading will likely be saying to themselves... seriously, cut to the part where you poop your pants. People don't like to read about good runs, they want the shit show.  Well boys and girls hang on to your britches....

This morning I wanted to run 10 miles with 8x800 at 5:40 pace.  When I've had a pretty relaxed mid week I like to throw speed in front of a long run as sort of a back to back test of my legs.  You're not "supposed" to do it but I do.  Sort of like how you're not supposed to switch from wine to beer mid happy hour. Please, I do this all the time and I haven't barfed in days!  

Anyway, like everywhere else in the country, it is soul crushingly hot here.  The temp when I stepped out the door was 87 (at 5:25am).  I ran my first 2 intervals fine  but all of a sudden my legs got TIRED.  I went from easy running my recoveries....... to walking 10 seconds after the fast parts..... to turning my watch off and panting for 2 minutes afterwards.   Like I posted on Daily mile, the run sucked so hard I think I have a hickey.

Hitting the wall (or bonking - pick your fav term) is never fun.  What was once a hard but doable run 3 weeks ago this time makes me question the last 2 weeks of training and if I am pushing too hard / pushing not hard enough / pooping too much.  The thing I've found is to forgive and forget.  If you let a sucky run bother your next run it too will be sucky.  Before you know it a sucky run turns into a sucky month.  And that, well....sucks.

The really sucky thing? When you bonk in a race and those damn picture people catch pictures of you.  Oh, it's happened to me - more than once.




Jen @ RedHeadRuns recently posted about a HILARIOUS website called Ugly Race Pics.  It's well.....a website full of pictures of people running looking like they were just slapped on the ass by one of those fraternity paddles.  I pulled a few as examples.  Seriously, go check this website out and feel better about yourself for the rest of the weekend. Happy Friday!

Zombie Apocalypse? Yes.

She got the paddle!

Yeahhh, I've made this face

This guy just looks mad about his haircut.




 

12 comments:

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Seroiusly, I'm going to that UglyRacePics site right now -- just to see how many photos are mine! (I'm sure there most be dozens...)

Quix said...

Great site!!!! :) I'm sorry about your sucky run. Sometimes you have to endure the crappy ones to enjoy the good ones!

James said...

yeah, bonks suck. Unfortunately they're all too common in these heat waves. Accept and move on, that's about all you can do. Thanks for sharing the website. It gave me some good chuckles!

SupermomE12 said...

Sorry about the bonk. it happens to all of us!!

My coach actually has me run that workout fairly often, only the other way around. He has me do 10 miles at a 7:50 or so pace (for me that is comfortable), then 4-5x800m repeats at about 6:00 pace. The point is getting used to running fast on tired legs. It is butt-kicker but good! :)

Laura is Undeterrable said...

I sent a pic in to uglyracepics. Its an awesome site.

I'm also stealing that hickey line.

eric said...

The last guy was running www.flowercitychallenge.com i know bc he finished right before my wife hahaha love it

Sue's Ramblings said...

Lucky for us here, it's been slight cooler than our usual 32C. It was probably 25-28C this morning when we had out group run.

Kate said...

Oh gosh, that zombie picture is horrible/wonderful.

Sorry your run was so bad. After three runs in two months, my attempt at running today was pretty atrocious. I'm guessing YOU just had an off day and will be killing it again on your next run. And for once I have empathy rather than sympathy for your heat...our highs in the STL area were something like 108 yesterday and 105 today. Craziness.

The Banter said...

I'm pretty sure that the last pic is of Napoleon Dynamite

Yo Momma Runs said...

That site looks amazing. Thanks for starting off my weekend with that.

Meghan said...

That site is going to distract me for hours now. This heat blows as much as a....

Char said...

I prefer to save my bonks till I'm in a race and have an audience of thousands and photographers to immortalise the pain.