Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Celebrate the good, celebrate the bad

Social media is interesting.  It is JUST impersonal enough that it allows you to only project the type of image you are comfortable with sharing. Girls profile pics are at that perfect angle and guys profile pics are flexed everywhere.

Take me for example.  While the person you know via blog/twitter is mostly me, I think that it is safe to say that I’m not hilarious 100% of the time.  (See what I did there? I totally just lied and told you what you what I wanted you to think – I’m actually totally funny at least 105% of the time.  Also? I’m modest.)

This profile picture seems legit


Opps..  Well then.... Hmmm....


In my running circle of social media, I’ve found that maybe 80% of the time, people are talking about their GOOD runs / workouts.  Not many people are okay with talking about how they just couldn’t hold on to that last mile of tempo and had to take a walk break or that while they ACTUALLY ran 5 miles at 11:00/mile, they wanted to run 7 miles at 9:00/mile.  Now, not to be a douche in a glass house throwing jagerbombs (is that the saying?), I’m certainly one to gloss over SOME of the disaster runs. But overall I do try to give equal space to both the good and the bad.  Well, to that point, what you are going to hear is certainly just as bad as posting a profile pic with a dildo on the dresser.....maybe.

This weekend, I wanted to go for a 2 hour, 16 mile run.  (7:30/mile pace)  I had a bit of a scheduling issue that meant that I wasn’t able to get it in until mid morning on Sunday***.  No big deal. It would be warmer at the start***, sure (75F degrees instead of 60), certainly warmer at the finish*** (88F instead of 70 or so), and it will be sunnier, but that isn’t any big deal.  I live in Arizona!  We live for this stuff!  Never mind that I normally run in the pitch black.  I AM A BAD ASS!

***That's what she said

Yeah, ouch (no filter?)


So, I forgot sunscreen.  That sucked. Not only did I forget sunscreen, but I bonked so hard during the last 4 miles that I dropped nearly 90 seconds / mile on my pace and took two 5 min breaks in the shade to reassess my will to live get the gumption back up to keep running.  Running out of the 40oz of water that I brought didn’t help.  The blazing sun didn’t help.  It was a pretty miserable run all the way around.  So, what SHOULD have taken 2:00, took 2:06 on my watch but also included 10 min of “me time”. And not the red "toy" on the dresser me time.  Not good.

So yes, I realize that my lobster body is now teeming with cancer and I’m basically just biding my time before the tumors take over. More than that?  It itches.  Oh god does it itch.

So, the next time you have a bad run - let me know!  I'd be more than happy to swap horror stories.... or maybe have you help put some lotion on my back.  Either way, we might just get a good idea of the "real" you.

25 comments:

hiker mom said...

All I can say is "OUCH!"

Gracie said...

I believe you about the Arizona sun. I went for a run at midday on a business trip and it melted the plastic window on my ipod cover!

brian72975 said...

Holy hell, that is gonna be fun when it blisters, and by fun I don't mean fun.

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Kate Geisen said...

Holy shit, your poor back.

I can honestly say that I'm more likely to talk about bad runs than good ones. Otherwise I'd be pretty quiet.

CheapRunnerMike said...

"Now, not to be a douche in a glass house throwing jagerbombs (is that the saying?)" -- it should be.

I had an awful run the other week...cut my 25K short by 4K and took every last bit of effort to get my pace under 5:00/km. Of course I was running on the hottest day of the year so far...without water. Idiot.

Running Librarian said...

Ouch! The problem with being super fair and blonde..I feel your pain..once a year at least I am a lobster too!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Do you want to read my one and only marathon recap? Marathon+Noroviris = worst day of my life.

Zaneta said...

Oh dear! That looks painful! :( sorry you didn't have such a good one... ***thats what she said..

A running chick said...

Ouch!

Mike said...

Ouch! Next time you do that, at least write a funny saying in sun block or with a sharpie so you have a reverse image of something :-).

I had a bad run two and a half weeks ago. Fell while running single track and landed on a root, ribs first. Two weeks off running :-(

Courtney said...

OUCH! And I'm not sure what's worse, going to bed itchy/burny or going to bed slathered in aloe vera (eww)

E.R. said...

I thought I was the only one that ran at night!

Also, I'll spare you the advice on how to treat a sunburn seeing as how I live in Washington State.

When my back looks like that it's not a sunburn... it's rust.

Chris Johnson said...

Sunburn is a not so gentle reminder about the bad run, huh?

I know this was not your point but being a slower runner I always have to blur my vision when reading about others "bad runs" and the slow pace they maintain. I am at about a 9:30/mile pace when I am booking. So when folks bonk and hit 9 min/mile I try to ignore the numbers. It is all relative and just running is the point.

Raye Johnson said...

Had my first wipeout during a run Monday morning, as in I kissed the pavement. At an intersection to make sure people saw me. Damn uneven sidewalks....

Greg said...

Holy Mary mother of God!

Steph @ Steph Runs On said...

Running in the sun is the worst ever. I hate summer. My run Tuesday was pretty awful, I had to be on the treadmill and needed to do 5. I stopped at 1.5. Good times were had by all within hearing distance.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

OUCH! I haven't had a sunburn like that since I was a kid...but that isn't entirely true. There was that one trip to the Big Island over 10 years ago where I thought it would be cool for us to travel on a scooter and I forgot the sunscreen and yikes! Putting a wetsuit on at work when I got back home was far from fun.

Get some aloe on your back and keep reapplying. Take care!

Running On Candy said...

If you read my blog you know I write more about shit runs than good ones....maybe because they stick with me more than good ones....

Oh and as a pale ginger girl that sunburn pic scares the bejezzus out of me....I am registered for a half in Phoenix and now I never want to go to your state.

Jen said...

OWWWWW!! Andy, aren't you Arizonians BORN with sunscreen? how the hell do you let that happen? I'm sorry that sucks. And I have plenty of bad runs. In fact if you're "The Boring Runner" I should be "The Whining Runner" I whine so much about my crappy runs.

Nelly said...

oh my god - that might be the worst sunburn I've ever seen. You're lucky it didn't turn purple. No shirt on a 2 hour run? That is going to be insanely painful when it blisters - tried taking a shower yet? Try slatering aloe vera on it multiple times a day, might help with the pain. Might also want to take aspirin or tylenol or something.

Lish B said...

I feel your PAIN!! I happen to do this to myself at least once a year after forgetting to reapply sunscreen.

HalfCrazed Runner said...

Oh my! Ouch! Ouch! Oww-ch! Feel better soon! Even if you remember sunscreen, the next time, make sure it's not expired - or this will be a repeat post! Experience is key on this one! Think ice and aloe!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Eeeks lobster on the prowl! LOL!

SF Road Warrior said...

JESUS CHRIST!! Just looking at that makes me want soak in a giant vat of aloe vera forever. I can't believe you aren't dead.