So about that half marathon. So as I suspected this was not a PR. Nope. It’s okay. I wasn’t expecting to do awesome. You see, I ran a marathon October 2nd. Since then I haven’t done any real speed work or hill drills. Nope. None. My miles have been decent in number. I did a 12 mile run a couple weeks ago and some other long runs between 9 and 12 miles. My midweek miles have been between 14-17. I cross trained, lifted heavy and spun. I know my running was undertrained because I wasn’t huffing and puffing (yah lungs!!! and crosstraining) but the legs turned to lead pretty fast. Since I wasn’t really training, I didn’t really taper. But it’s cool because it is a HALF MARATHON!!
So after that introduction paragraph how did I do??? My chip time was 1:58:14. Over 10 mins slower than my PR. First of all, I felt really good. I didn’t bring my watch because I went in to the run not wanted to push myself. While my Garmin is AWESOME it is also a source of stress. Solution? Run with out and run on feeling. Second, the weather SUCKED!!! But could be worse! ALOT WORSE!! Just soggy and in the upper 40s. Rain doesn’t bother me when I rain. I train in it for heaven’s sake. But the commute after the half was AWFUL!!! But I’m getting ahead of myself. The Seattle half course is the most beatiful course (besides the Twin Cities Marathon course duh!!) and I totally recommend the half or the full. It is well organized and beautiful. Tons of water and first aid.
So the run was great. Fun. Getting home was NOT. I had to take the bus. Easier said than done on a Sunday with tons of bus reroutes. So I got on the first bus I saw headed towards my house. By then I was wet and my body temp dropped way faster than it should after a run. I got as close to my house as I could on that bus and called a cab to take me 19 blocks instead of walking or getting another bus. It cost 6 dollars but my fingers were completly white and I already have awful circulation. So I called a cab. Best (and smartest?) 6 dollars spent.
After a shower, tea and oatmeal I was in the BEST, most positive mood ever. And that is why I love running. All last week was really bad for me. I was homesick, stuck doing papers and readings for school, painfully lonely, negative and frustrated. All I wanted to do is sleep. I actually considered not doing the half marathon. Just skipping it. I just had NO energy. But that is why I love running. Does every run have the ability to pull me out of a couple days of depression, negativity and gloom?? Hell NO!!!! But I think, more often than not, running does pull me out of my funk. And wanna know what?? This week has been SO much better. Nevermind that my butt is sore and my hip sorta hurts. It was no PR but a PR wasn’t the goal. I wanted, no I needed, to get out of my funk. And I did!!!
What do you do when you are in a funk??
Have a good day!