I’m an idiot.
Before 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!
Side note: A couple ba-zillion people have told me that it looks like I am carrying a bunch of grenades…
grenades, people, really?
But, I digress. Sorry about that.
Fuel belt.. okay, so I put on my
grenade fuel belt and…
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.
I then realized that it was freakin’ hot already…
So, yesterday at 10 am, it felt like it was about 95 degrees.
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…
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.
Three painful and curse-filled miles later, I finally made it home and crawled up the steps to my apartment.
What did I learn from my LSD that wasn’t an LSD?
- It’s called an Long Slow Distance (LSD) for a reason… go slow.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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