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My first and hopefully last fall... my toughest run yet

Sunday, March 06, 2011

So today I went for a run. I went today instead of tomorrow because the weather was supposed to be better. Had I been planning it out, I might have known...
Anyways, I was probably not as hydrated or nourished as I should have been, but didn't really give it much thought. I also have not done more than 6 miles since January. Somehow, I thought I might pull off 7 or even 8 miles.
So I started out and it wasn't long, maybe mile 2, before I was feeling really tired and out of breath. I'm not sure if I'm still just not all better from having a cold or what was up. So besides that I was also feeling tired early on. I pushed on though, knowing I ought to at least go 4 without much trouble.
Well I got to about 2.5 miles and fell. I was so surprised that I literally, chuckled in embarrassment that someone might have seen it and jumped back up and kept going. I was running on the sidewalk, which is quite uneven around where I live, but doesn't usually trouble me. I think maybe the tiredness made me not so alert. So anyways, I fell down and jumped right back up and ran a few houses down the street and washed my arm off with snow. Thankfully, instead of landing on the hard sidewalk I landed on someone's muddy lawn. I had lots of mud on my arms and clothes and later found out, I had a bit on my face.
So anyways, I decided I would call it a day but when I got to my street I couldn't make myself stop, even feeling tired and being muddy I made myself keep going. I ended up getting close to 5 miles in before heading home and even faced the fear of people seeing me in muddy clothes.
During the last lap, I felt like I was really pushing it and told myself to remember that feeling and to remember how hard it was come half marathon day, because I want to remember that even if things get tough, I can do this!
I really wasn't too upset about falling. The old me would have given up and walked home, but the new me, was thankful to have not sprained an ankle or broken a bone and took advantage of that fact and decided to make the most of my run and keep on going.
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  • CDK210
    glad you weren't injured in your fall, and kudos for continuing on. five miles is awesome. and dirt adds character ;)
    3607 days ago
  • LUREAH21
    Yes, I do Gwen. I did 2 puffs off the inhaler before I left but maybe I needed more. I don't usually before running outside unless I know I'm going on a longer run and I never puff during a run. With the weather being warmer though, maybe there are more allergens in the air outside. I really don't know. For me the basement usually triggers the asthma, and I don't have horrible asthma at all, just get a little cough when exerting myself.
    3607 days ago
    OUCH, glad you're okay and yeah for continuing
    3607 days ago
    You may have a touch of the family illness.. I'm having the same issue... Not as full blown as what they have but i can tell my body is fighting it... You have exercise induced asthma, right? do you carry your inhalers on your run? I know my sister has to use hers prior to a run to help with lung function..Get some rest...sounds like you need it..Proud you pushed through..Sometimes the mental training is as important as the physical trraining. :) GREAT JOB!
    3607 days ago
  • BAM-MA
    Glad to hear that you weren't hurt! Great Job getting up and finishing the run!
    3607 days ago
  • LUREAH21
    Thanks for the comments! I'm thinking the run was hard because of water a little bit, but even more because of nutrition. When the run ended I was starving. I tried some GU Chomps during the run, but as it was close to lunch time and I hadn't had lunch before I went out... I did have breakfast and some simple carb snacks though. It's so hard to know. I have also had a hard time breathing well during my runs lately. Everyone in the family has been sick with a virus but me, so maybe I have a touch of it and just don't feel it until I run?
    Hard to say, but I'm going to keep on keeping on. :)
    3607 days ago
    Kudos to your determination...! It can be so easy to allow embarrassment to hold us back from accomplishing such great things!

    Sounds like you learned a thing or two about hydration also...! :-)

    3607 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    It does take tough runs sometimes, to help conditions both our minds and our bodies. Believe me, I have had my fair share in my short running career. Congrats to you for getting up and pushing through!
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