December 10, 2013

Training Tuesday: Schizophrenic thoughts on a training run

For those of you who noticed our Facebook/Twitter posts on Sunday, you know that I went out for a 13 mile training run in less than ideal conditions.  My alarm was set for 7AM and I woke up a few minutes before it.  As I laid in bed for another minute, I heard the rain start.  I groaned and thought to myself "you've got to be kidding me."  I checked the weather app on my phone - 38 degrees with a "feels like" temperature of 33 degrees.  Gross.  I got out of bed and got ready with the intention to set out by 8:00...no sense rushing since it was already raining!  I also watched the local news for a bit and was further disheartened when the weather man literally called the rain "bone chilling."  Oh good, can't wait to run 13 miles in this garbage!

The minute I opened my front door, I could tell the cold was biting.  I stayed under the overhang on my front steps to get my Garmin to connect.  Normally I leisurely walk down my driveway before I start running but today was a little different - I started running immediately!  I decided to do a loop in the neighborhood to gauge the weather.  I went about a mile and a half and decided to at least do a short jaunt out of the neighborhood to avoid doing neighborhood loops.  I was cold but it wasn't debilitating.  

And a little while the wheels started turning...so here it is, a look inside my highly schizophrenic thoughts on my run...

This isn't so bad.  I'm warming up.

Ooh look, they're finally putting in a drive-through Starbucks.  Looks like the neighborhood is moving on up!

Another car just honked at me.  Is that a sympathy vote or do I really look that good in soaking wet running jacket?

I think the arms on my jacket are officially soaked now.  This sucks.

I'm going to regret sloshing through that puddle soon.

Just pretend you're in a Nike ad and keep running.

Gah, this is miserable.  Why did I think this was a good idea?

Guess my hat is soaked since there's water dripping off the brim.  This kinda sucks.

Holy freezing!  That wind is miserable.  Must turn around.

Oh good, now the wind is at my back.  This ain't so bad.

Well, I'm definitely ready if it is cold and rains in January.

I would give anything to be inside on a treadmill now.

I wonder if my first layer is wet.

My legs are freezing. 

I hope I don't end up getting sick from this.  

Man, I am so hardcore!  I am going to run some crazy PRs this spring!

My feet are soaked.  My shoes are squishy.

I wonder how long my Garmin can withstand being wet.

Hot shower.  Hot shower.  Hot shower.  

Cool, I'm almost back to the neighborhood.  One loop and I'm done.

Oh goodness.  Pouring rain again? 

Oh wow, now I'm legit soaked and cold.  Please make these last 3 miles go by quickly.

Hey look, 12.8 miles in.  Almost home!

{Christine}

25 comments:

  1. Hehe your thoughts sound similar to mine! Way to hang in there even though the weather was yucky. I have to say that running in inclmate weather is NOT my favorite. I need to battle this more often to become a stronger runner (mentally and physically). Both you and Cyanne have me beat! If the weather is bad this wknd I've got no excuses! :P

    Karen @karenlovestorun

    PS. I hope you warmed up after that run with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

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    1. Inclement weather is tough! I'm usually a bit of a wimp so I felt pretty hardcore after this run. I warmed up with a ridiculously long hot shower and some coffee :)

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  2. I've noticed I only have these thoughts when I'm running by myself ;) The mind is a curious thing!

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    1. True! It only happens when I'm alone. Funny how that works!

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  3. LOL I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Good to know I'm not the only one will totally random thoughts out there. There should be a book named "Stuff Runner's Think" haha

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    1. That would be a fantastic book! And filled with lots of crazy thoughts no doubt!

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  4. Way to hang in there Christine. I have had many of those thoughts during some of my crazy runs too but I always feel good that I accomplished my goal of getting the miles in. See you in January!

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    1. Thanks Emilie! Sometimes it's harder to train your brain than your body! See you soon! :)

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  5. Haha, I love this! You are totally badass for sucking it up and going out there. My butt would have been on the treadmill!

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    1. Thanks girl! It was pretty brutal but I'm glad I finished the run.

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  6. Great job on getting it done! My favorite was..."Pretend you're a nike ad and keep running!" Haha! You're right, your persistence and dedication are definitely going to pay off!

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    1. Thanks Karen! Yea that was my favorite. I mentioned to my boss that I ran 10 miles in the rain over the summer and he said "that sounds like a Nike ad"...it stuck in my brain!

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  7. Lol! I LOVE all your thoughts! I do the same thing! Great job getting in done in those conditions!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! :) And you too, powering through your St Jude half miles!

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  8. Ahh, I love when you write like this and "keep things real". Your writing reminds me of the book by Alexandra Hemingsley :Running Like a girl. It is a must read and I know you would enjoy it. I gave it to Lacey to read now, but if your paths cross down there, you can totally borrow it! ( but believe me, it is so good, you'll want your own copy: hint: maybe that would be a fun idea for Santa to bring!)

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    1. Oooh thanks for the tip! I'll definitely check that out. And I need a new book to read. :) Thanks M!

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  10. I had a similar very wet run Sunday. It wasn't that cold but I was sick. How cool are we?LOL

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  11. I liken my runs to Dug when he sees a squirrel. A random script may go something like "Dude, put on a shirt!", to "Love that girl's top", to "I've only gone a mile?! SERIOUSLY??!!" and the ever popular one for the LSD runs, "where in the HECK is the closest bathroom??" :) Of course waking up to an alarm on non-race/non-travel weekends is just wrong in so many ways.....

    Kimberley

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    1. Totally true! It's like all of my thoughts are on crack/ADD! Totally nuts! Glad others can relate! :)

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  12. haha... this is awesome. My favorite is pretend you're in a Nike ad.

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  13. LMAO...I LOVED these. My favorite was probably (also) the pretend your in a Nike ad. My thoughts are never this entertaining on a long run. Great job getting out there and still doing your 13 miles! :)

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  14. So funny! My smile grew wider and wider as I read these.

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