While on my miserable suck-fest of a run today, I had a post all planned out. But now, 1 hour post-run, I’m just tired and disappointed and (almost) beyond caring.
Basically, Friday’s run was bad. Really bad. I was supposed to run 25 minutes, no walking. I made it 18 minutes before I had to stop and walk the rest. It was either stop and walk home, or pound on someone’s door and ask them if I could use their bathroom because my stomach had all of a sudden decided it hated me…and the apple I fed it before running.
So, I took Saturday and Sunday off. We were out of town for the weekend, and I thought maybe my body was tired since I’d been pushing it a lot lately. While talking with my brother (a “retired” marathon runner) Sunday morning, I mentioned my issues from Friday. He suggested switching up my pre-run fuel (which I had planned to do anyway), and said I should try having some whole wheat toast 45 minutes before my run.
Flash forward to this evening. I had another 25-minute run scheduled. At 4:45, I ate a couple of pieces of light whole wheat toast, drank some water, and waited 45 minutes. I set out on my run and within a few minutes (as in, I hadn’t even gotten past my 5-minute warm-up walk), I had heart burn. During the run, my entire body felt like lead and I had no energy and no endurance. My breathing was erratic and I just couldn’t gain control of it. I made it 6 minutes before I had to walk. I jogged and walked for the rest of the work out, with my jogging intervals less than 4 minutes at a time. I had some rockin’ side stitches, too. At one point, all I wanted to do was cry. It was just so frustrating. I know my body has been capable of more in the past. I don’t understand why, all of a sudden, I can’t do something that I’ve been doing for the past week and a half, let alone make any sort of progress.
Whatever. I’m over it (no I’m not). I’m going to try again tomorrow, since today turned out to be more of a walk anyway, and I think I’ll try protein before the run. Apple and peanut butter, here I come.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about Six-Day September, yeah…I’ve been listening to my body a little more this month and have taken a couple of days off here and there. I think I’m going to scrap that idea and focus on running and figuring out what’s going on with my body this month.
Any other suggestions or advice? I need as much as I can get….