I was off last Friday and I got up early with the plan of running 10 miles. I went to bed early and with anticipation of the next morning’s run. I even planned on changing my breakfast routine to see if it would help with my intestinal issues mid-run. I got up Friday and had 2 Clif Bars for breakfast and some water. I started out and within 3 miles I had to double back to the house for a bathroom break. Clif Bar fail! The rest of the run I felt awful. And I knew there was no way I’d get 10 miles in. I felt as close to throwing up as ever. And I have the world’s strongest gag reflex. I NEVER throw up. I got back to the house and clocked a horrible 5.6 miles.
I grabbed some water/Gatorade and decided to try and redeem my cardio for the day by going on a bike ride. Actually, I just had to get back to the place where I had dropped off a bottle of water. I had planned on running back to that point and filling my hydration belt, but that didn’t happen. I did a 10K on the bike in 33 minutes. I felt ok with that until I realized that some people can RUN a 10K in 33 minutes. Friday was a horrible day.
Saturday I got in a quick three mile run in the midst of spending the entire day in the kitchen.
Sunday, we had a potluck after church and I ate a ton. Our church can cook! It was good food, good friends, good fellowship. I was exhausted after the service, but I knew that I wanted to get in 4 miles. I went downstairs and hopped on the treadmill. When I turned the TV on, I found Track and Field! I LOVE watching world class athletes. I just decided to keep running. I think my favorite was the women’s high jump. These women are truly incredible. Their throwing their bodies over 6 feet in the air with such grace. I was a high jumper in high school and I can assure you that there was no ‘grace’ involved in my jumping.
But, I did get 4.5 miles in and it felt fantastic! I definitely could have kept going, but the track meet was over and golf just doesn’t hold the same appeal. So, I went outside and pulled some weeds and starting picking up the tons of lava rocks that we have in the flower beds surrounding our house. I hate the lava rocks and the entire back landscaping needs to be redone. It will be quite the project. Too bad I’m not nesting yet!
In other news, remember the 4 mile virtual race I did for MCM Mama‘s 40th birthday? Well, I won! Seriously. I didn’t win for the fasted time (come on!), but I did win one of the random prizes. I’m pretty excited. I have some wonderful endurance runner products heading my way!