When an LSD, isn’t an LSD.

I’m an idiot.

i_m_with_stupidBefore you start telling me that I need to be nicer to myself… let me tell you a story.

It is a story of an idiot (myself, obviously) who learned a few lessons during their long run yesterday… that I would like to share with you.


I woke up on Sunday morning feeling refreshed and ready for my 10 mile long run. YEAH!

I had my usual oatmeal breakfast


and Cristophe made me an extra tasty salted caramel mocha!

drinkI threw on my famous not famous half marathon PR outfit and my hydration belt…photo_zps63210873which always makes me feel super cool, by the way.

Side note: A couple ba-zillion people have told me that it looks like I am carrying a bunch of grenades…

grenades, people, really?

imagesTHAT is a grenade.


But, I digress. Sorry about that.

Fuel belt.. okay, so I put on my grenade fuel belt and…

Β Out the door I went!

After about a half a mile or so, the fuel belt really started to get on my nerves. I mean, the thing weighs like 5 pounds when all of the bottles are topped off with water.

Not cool.

I then realized that it was freakin’ hot already…

weatherFor those of you who don’t know, the general rule with weather and running outside is to add 20 degrees to whatever the temperature is.

So, yesterday at 10 am, it felt like it was about 95 degrees.

Not cool.

On top of it being freakin’ hot, and my fuel belt irritating the heck out of me…

I decided to, not only run 45 seconds per mile faster than I was supposed to…

but throw in 2 extra miles for good measure.images

Not cool.

By mile 9, I was exhausted, hot and in some serious pain.

After walking for a minute, I took a gander at my shoes and realized that I am WAY overdue for a new pair of Newtons.

This explains why I have had shin splints all week.

Not cool.

Three painful and curse-filled miles later, I finally made it home and crawled up the steps to my apartment.

The end.

What did I learn from my LSD that wasn’t an LSD?

  1. It’s called an Long Slow Distance (LSD) for a reason… go slow.
  2. Keep track of the mileage on your shoes. When they are past their limit, or your runs have become more painful than normal (ie. you get shin splints out of the blue), kindly thank them for their service and stop wearing them. Seriously.
  3. Plan your runs around the weather. If it is supposed to be 90 degrees at 11 am… get up at 6 when it is still 45 outside. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are not a joke.
  4. Stick to the plan. If your training plan says to run 10 miles… RUN 10 MILES! Don’t be a hero and try to run farther than you should. You are only increasing your chances of getting hurt.
  5. Try out new equipment (or in my case, old equipment that I haven’t used in a long time) on a shorter run. Nothing sucks more than having to deal with an annoying, heavy fuel belt for 2-3 hours.

Let’s learn from my mistakes together, okay?

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39 thoughts on “When an LSD, isn’t an LSD.

  1. davehuseman says:

    Even after reading your post I went out a little harder and 2 miles further than my training plan dictated I should for my LSD on Saturday. I know eight miles doesn’t sound much like a LSD, but at this point in my training plan – it is. Hot, humid, no fuel belt…about the only thing I had going for me was a good pair of New Balance with less than 100 miles on them. Ugh! What an experience. I think I’ll stick to the training plan for a while longer, regardless of how ‘good’ I’m feeling when I hit the streets.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.


    • ratherberunnin says:

      Thank YOU for reading it. 8 miles in long, so don’t sell yourself short… but! you have to follow your training plan and be prepared for your run. Hydration is so important and can ruin your run if you haven’t drank enough. Just learn from it and move on, that is what I did and I had a GREAT run last weekend because of it! Keep up the great work!


  2. alligill says:

    Yikes! These are definitely things I’ll have to keep in mind when I start actually running longer distances than about 4 miles at a time. (I’ve done 6 twice, but those ended up being 1/3-1/2 walking, so idk that they count.)

    Also, kind of off topic, but thank you for reminding me to put “hydration belt” on the list of things I want to invest in.


  3. Dawn H. says:

    Yep, been there too. I hate the weight of my hydration belt in the beginning of my run, but usually get used to it. It doesn’t carry enough water for me for my long long runs though, so I might get a Camelbak backpack this year…have you tried one?


  4. klmv says:

    I’m so sorry.

    And so amused.

    And sorry about being amused. ^o^

    I also think you can’t really call yourself a runner if the enthusiasm for the sport doesn’t lead you to a few experiences like this one. Gods know I’m guilty of more than a few moronic decisions when it comes to running. πŸ˜€


  5. Sarah Howard says:

    I have yet to do a long run up yo 10 + miles, but did do 7 without water and it kinda sucked. That’s why I am thinking that when I go for a super long run, I am seriously going to ask people I know it sit out I front of their house and hand me water. I already got two people who said they would. Lol


  6. Sarah Howard says:

    How many miles should you put on shoes? I was just thinking about this the other day. I would say that I have we’ll over 150 miles on one pair of shoes but I don’t know, they still seem to be doing fine.


  7. radiantrunner says:

    Stimpy you fool! I’ve been curious as to how you all stay hydrated during your long runs. I was on a 12 mile bike ride last year and had to stop at a frozen yogurt stand for some water. I was so beet red in the face I had a cup of water handed to me before I dragged myself up to the window. I tend to overheat easily I guess? And long runs intimidate for for that (and 23918204 other) reason. Be well!


  8. Nina says:

    I have the feeling that we runners will always be idiots. Seriously, I often know better, but I just don’t listen to the voices in my head telling me to not be an idiot, even if I know their are right! πŸ˜‰


  9. runaroundrobb says:

    I can feel your pain where the belt is concerned. Last year when I was getting into my longer runs at the height of summer I splurged for a Camel Back. It cost me $40 or so and I wore it once. I was so put off by running with it because my time slowed way down.and I was so annoyed by it. I keep it for hikes now but never again for a run. I know it sounds weird but I have to run with the least amount of stuff on my body. Not naked or anything like that but I can’t wear my bracelet or necklace. heck even long sleeves bother me. I don’t know why on earth I ever thought I cold run with a camel back weighing me down. Sometimes our enthusiasm and overzealousness gets the better of us. At least we can learn from our mistakes and laugh.


    • ratherberunnin says:

      LOL. I am right there with you Robb. The problem I am having now though.. is what do I do when I have a long run? I have a handheld bottle, but that isn’t going to keep my hydrated for 2 hours. Why can’t there just be water stations everywhere like in races?


  10. emilyrockstheroad says:

    I, too, should join your club as I thought it would be a good idea to do lunges and squats the day before my long run. Because, you know, heaven forbid I put them off until Monday!

    I can’t rock the Fuel Belt. A friend gave one to me and I just can’t do it. There is no good way to hydrate for a long run for me, unless I run down a bike path with multiple drinking fountains. Which has yet to happen.

    At least you finished! Survival is always a win in my book.


  11. Jennifer says:

    Been there, done that. More than once, even. Can I join your “idiot” club? Do you have bumper stickers? πŸ˜‰ Seriously, glad you finished the run okay. πŸ™‚


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