August 4, 2012

Worst long run ever and Go Commando winner

Worst long run ever. That's what just happened today. It all started when my 4:50 a.m. alarm went off, and I turned it off and rolled over. I didn't wake up again until 5:15, which left me 15 minutes to get dressed, pack up my water stop supplies, and drive to the meeting point. Surprisingly I was only a few minutes late, but this group does not mess around. They were leaving the meeting point as I pulled into the parking lot. No biggie, right? I threw my water stop cooler on the table (luckily I had volunteered to bring supplies for the home base water stop) and jetted.

In all of that, I made a few critical errors. First, I plugged in my Garmin 210 last night, which had 3/4 battery life left. I woke up to a completely dead Garmin, which totally makes sense in Opposite World. Unfortunately that is not the first time that has happened to me. Sometimes I hate that piece of garbage. Then, I didn't take any time to drink a glass of water or go to the bathroom, and I didn't eat breakfast. Remember when running 17 miles required energy and fluids, especially in the toasty sun.

I took a little bag of Sharkies and shoved it into my bra. 


That's enough to last 17 miles without having to gnaw your own arm off, right? Not so much. It wasn't that I got hungry at all (and there was Gatorade at every water stop, thank goodness), but at a certain point, I had no energy at all.

Going back to that Garmin, I'm going to blame it for sapping my energy too. You see, because I didn't have a working watch and had no idea how far or fast I would be going, I decided to try and catch up with a friend who I knew was there somewhere. I got up to what I thought was the front of the group and couldn't find her. It was a larger group today than normal. So I tagged along with another group that knew where they were going and had a working watch, but all of that catch-up running in the beginning wore me out.

After the first 10-mile loop, I knew I still needed 7 more miles, but I wasn't about to head out without knowing how far I was going. A nice girl at the water stop asked if anyone wanted to go 4 more miles at 8:30 pace. I knew my energy was sapped, but I thought, four more miles can't be that hard. Yes, the heck, it can. It was pretty painful. Two miles in and I started taking walk breaks. Painful, painful, painful. 

So if you are tallying, you know that at this point, I still have 3 miles of my 17 left to run. Hmmm ... what is my best option? I know, still don't eat, pick up the kids (because my husband needed to get his motorbike ride on), and go to the gym to run the last 3 miles. Not my smartest day ever. Those last miles weren't as bad because they were at the climate-controlled gym and I had taken an hour break between mile 14 and the last three, but still, they left me in a runner fog. 

Then, even smarter, I ran errands with the kids (similar to wrestling tigers in energy output) for an hour before finally eating. Now I'm lying in bed wondering why I even liked to run in the first place. Did I like it at one point? It's so hard to remember back to that time. It's also hard to remember what happened ten seconds ago. Long-run brain. 

So this is the type of day that I think, surely it can't get any worse than this. This must be one of those running days that is somehow supposed to make me a better runner in the future. I'm not sure how. Maybe I will learn not to turn off my alarm clock. Or to eat breakfast before running 17 miles. Or to not run. 

Whine fest over.

On to more exciting news: the winner of the Go Commando Half/5K entry



Wow, the first dude to ever win a Yo Momma Runs contest, and he's a fellow Alabamian! Congrats, Brian! Email me at yomommaruns at gmail.com, and I will forward you the entry information. 

Thank you so much to Go Commando for sponsoring this giveaway! I'm really looking forward to running in the hills (but not the worst ones) of Tennessee!

And to offset all of my earlier whining, here's a picture I found today that I love. My husband driving his mom in the sidecar. Nothing beats this. 



Does your Garmin do wacky stuff like die after charging overnight?

What do you do after a horrible long run?

How do you talk yourself out of giving up on running? 

30 comments:

  1. Sorry you had a bad run:( No fun. After a bad run ( I've had plenty lately) I tell myself that a great one is just around the corner:) And, yes, my Garmin does the same wacky stuff. So frustrating!

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    1. Thanks for the advice! And what's up with Garmin charging? You would think that would be the easy part to figure out with a GPS watch.

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  2. ahhhh you totally would've caught up w/ me...but at the second water stop kathleen and this super nice guy that was running w/ us-- took a right turn instead of turning left on broadway to go towards lakewood. we ended up doing almost a mile out then realizing no one was behind us, ran a mile back and got on the trail. SO you probably were ahead of me! haha I'm so sorry! Next time I'll wait. I was just feeling time crunched bc I was supposed to have him to the hospital at 8...which didn't happen, but it's ok. ;) Next Saturday we will both have good running days, don't worry! There's bound to be a couple of those during training huh?

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    1. Ha! I figured that was you! That's weird you guys got lost because I did too! I didn't turn onto the trails behind Samford, but luckily another group did the same thing so I ran with them. I'm thinking that I need to pay more attention to the actual route in the future. And I'm glad I didn't drag you down in my pathetic long run attempt!:)

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  3. I checked with the Justice Dept, the Highway Admin, and the FDA. It's legal to run without a stinkin' Garmin. :-) Had to get that off my chest. If you did all that stuff you say you did after the messed-up run, you are one strong lady. But we knew that.

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    1. But did you check with the Federal Bureau of Training Plans?:) I want to be able to count every footstep so I can put a smiley face on my training calendar.

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  4. At least you got through it. I couldn't even do that. After a bad run, I just go back home and wait for my system to clear out then get back out there the next day. BTW- I've switched to a Soleus GPS because I've rarely had good luck with Garmin. It's a no frills basic device but as long as it accurately tracks time and distance, it does me fine.

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    1. I'll have to look into the Soleus. When the Garmin finally dies, I will probably not purchase another one. It has failed me on too many important occasions. And I agree -- don't need anything fancy. Just tell me how far I went and how fast.

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  5. Total bummer about your run! At least you got the miles in....that's what I tell myself if it's a crap long run...or run in general, lol. I give you credit for doing all that with just have some sharkies...I prolly would have keeled over! The good days in running far out number the bad which helps one remember why u love to do it. ;) I've plugged my Garmin in before yet sometimes it doesn't charge at all...lame. Oh, and the pic of ur hubby and his mom is precious! Hope you're feeling better....and just think...u still ran 17 miles!!...that ain't no joke, lol.

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    1. Thanks for the positive words!!!! And I think it's weird that when reading Garmin reviews I'd never heard about that problem with charging, but it is so annoying. Maybe I need to start my own therapy group over it. My Garmin Doesn't Charge Anonymous.

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  6. YESSSSS! It was meant to be. Thank you for the Go Commando prize package (pun intended). Also, a special thanks to entries 1-20. Now that we've got one entry fee covered I think we can justify tickets to the Auburn Vandy game which just happens to be on the way home in Nashville!

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  7. 17 miles is an amazing run, you should be so proud of that!! And keeping going when it was so rough as well. Well done. You won't make those mistakes again, so the next long run will be fantastic just like your Kentucky farm one!!

    You're putting me off asking for a Garmin for Christmas, as well!!

    Well done Brian, Yo Winna!!

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    1. Yes! At least the KY run is close in my memory because that one made me feel like 26.2 was going to be no problem.

      And seriously, I would look into other brands of watches because this one is just not reliable with the crazy charging issues. I'm wondering about that new women's watch Bia (I think that's what it's called). I like that it looks so light.

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  8. Wahoo, we're stoked! I knew today was lucky when I found a quarter on our run this morning. Sorry for your rough run. I'm super impressed you ran all 17 miles, despite all that. Way to go! Oh and I frequently have issues with our Garmin and it drives me CRAZY!

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  9. Sorry I missed your big run. I would say I could have motivated you to run some more, but you are always my motivator for the long runs. Plus, I probably would have eaten some of your shark bites! I did get some new kicks though, so no more little piggies poking out and hot spots. Maube we can get a midweek early am run on, 5AM?

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    1. You didn't miss much! So true -- you are always stealing my snacks.

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  10. I had a craptastic run yesterday too. I kept thinking to myself it is days like today (waking up late, forgetting stuff, super Hot outside, whine, whine, whine) that make days were everything goes right that much sweeter. Love the sidecar picture!

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  11. Hate bad runs...sorry yours was so miserable. You'll go out this week and have a killer run. IT always happens. The heat is awful, especially combined with humidity and no shade (usually when I break down). Keep trucking :-)

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    1. Even my shoes were completely soaked after this run! The sweating and humidity is out of control!

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  12. Sorry about your run being so rough! Hope your next long run is much better.

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  13. Hey girl! I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! The details are on my blog! :-)

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  14. Sorry about your craptastic long run but I think we can all relate to runs like that. And I'm so glad I'm not the only runner who experiences long-run brain. Sometimes I feel like a total zombie after some long runs. That said, I skipped my longer runs again this weekend. I suck!

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  15. So sorry to hear about your run. I remember when I first started running I said there is no such thing as a bad run because at least I was getting out there. Now its a very different story!!! I was a silly girl then!! Erica

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  16. Thats the worst. I want to say something witty like "its the shitty ones that make the good ones so great" but I feel ya. It just sucked. Hopefully next long run will be way better. And I am super impressed you committed to the 17 miles and completed 3 more on the TM. I totally would have been like, screw it!

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  17. Those bad runs just make the good runs sweeter! And I need a good run right about now!

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  18. Every run can't be good - that's what I tell myself. I brush it off - there are 4-5 other runs that will probably be good the rest of the week!

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