For Your Consideration (and Mine)

1 Aug

I don’t know about you, but I have a habit of getting super disappointed, and perhaps even down on myself, when a run doesn’t go as I planned. If your time or distance aren’t to your liking, or if you get a bad case of the side cramps, or if your legs feel like lumps of lead, don’t automatically assume that all is lost. Here are some things you might want to take into consideration:

• City Running: Training in the city comes complete with stop signs, stop lights, people walking their dogs, people with strollers, sidewalk cafes, children on bicycles on the sidewalk, adults on bicycles on the sidewalk (that you want to yell at because it’s illegal!), things to look at (like the Liberty Bell, or store fronts)… you get the idea. It is impossible to run a race pace in the city when the streets haven’t been cleared.

• Bicycle Commuting: Bike commuting is awesome. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re in the aforementioned city. That being said, just because it’s your commute, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t “count.” Riding your bike 4 miles in the a.m., and then another 4 miles in the p.m., and then setting out for a 6 mile run isn’t impossible, but it’s also not exactly ideal for a race pace training run. It counts, and your legs will feel it.

• Crappy Eating: If you put in crappy fuel, you’re going to get crappy results. Just like watering down gasoline before putting it in your car would make for a crappy drive to work, filling your tummy with cookies, caramel popcorn, and some oily pasta salad during the day does not a good evening run make.

Last night I went out for my 6-mile midweek training run, and it honestly went very well, but I was hitting 11 and a half minute miles, and I wanted to be in the 10s. I was beating myself up over it as I ran, and then I started realizing the things outlined above. They’re things I know, not new revelations, but things I have to remind myself of nonetheless. The city running and bike commuting are fine to be realized during the run, but the crappy eating I need to get better about preemptively striking out.

Still, it was a great training run, I got out there, I did it, and I felt fabulous (albeit tired) afterwards. As my friend Lana’s dad says “oatmeal is better than no meal” (oatmeal is also falls under the good fuel category, so you might want to get on that).


Sorry I’ve been radio silent in the last week. I am wrapping up the last two weeks of my 6-week summer courses, and getting ready to welcome the new students at the university I work for. It’s been a lot, all at once, and I’ve lost my footing on the life-balance that I usually have. Not to worry though, I’m still making time for training, and I’m getting back into the blogging groove!


One Response to “For Your Consideration (and Mine)”

  1. Chuck August 1, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    My runs frequently don’t go as planned. But, I am happy to be out running, so I look at it that way. Then, I always have a “positive” I can point to regardless. 🙂

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