|He hit the wall|
And then he bought this lovely man dinner
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.