GIZMO GABS! WEEK #8 - 14 Miles, 14 Thoughts (Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2018) 2018 Chicago Marathon Training
MOTHER NATURE'S ICE BATH
So, this week was all weird coming down from last week's triathlon and working with my clients, extra pain in my legs and the long weekend coming up. I didn't have much time to document how my week went, however, I did have my 14 miler on Sunday and it was a doozy. It really tested me mentally and it's interesting to replay all those thoughts that go through your mind on a long run. Those of you that run, you get me...others of you that don't, here's a little insight as to what goes through our minds during 2 hours of running!
MILE #1 - Everything hurts...I mean really. Runners should never trust the first mile...fine, I'll wait until Mile 4 and reassess.
MILE #2 - Still don't trust Mile #2...I'm 1/7th done! YAY! Really??
MILE #3 - Ok, it's hot, it's humid...where the hell is that water fountain and why am I running up this hill??! Since when are there hills on the Lakefront? Oh, wait...only when I am running do they pop-up.
MILE #4 - "Never trust the first 3 miles" - MONICA SEHGAL. I am re-writing that and putting it on a shirt...this run is getting better!!!!
MILE #5 - MORE HILLS! WTH???!!! So, my legs don't hurt...that worries me...am I numb? Did I magically heal? Are my muscles giving me a hall pass until later? YIKES. Oooh, look! Gatorade stand for CARA runners, don't mind if I do! (I'm not a CARA runner)
MILE #6 - My shorts are loose...how did I manage to loosen my drawstring?!! F'in Nike shorts. How to keep my pace, re-tie my shorts and drink water at the same time? RESULT: I can't, I didn't. #runnerfail
MILE #7 - Why is McCormick place so big? Why is it so dark? I love 31st Street Beach, I want to go in the water now. Speaking of water, there is a giant spider on the fountain, what do I do?
MILE #8 - Here we go in to the South Side abyss! Do I run on the pavement? I like the gravel better, softer on my feet but it takes more balance. I'm hungry, I need a Gatorade Gummy...I like fruit punch better than the strawberry one. When am I turning around?
MILE#9 - I'm never going to get through 26.2 miles if I can't stomach this right now. I feel nauseous, tired and lightheaded. That sandwich yesterday from Bari sucked...why was JP's closed??!! That Indo-Chinese is not sitting too well either from last night. I hate Chinese food. I can't tell if I just farted or sharted. Oh well, at least my shorts are black. UGH.
MILE #10 - Time to walk and run, I'm just at my limits at the moment. This view is nice, I love the running south on the lakefront, so pretty...so distracting...wait, I get to turn around soon!!! I have to pee.
MILE #11 - I have 3 miles to go! I start my descent back, like when I am landing in Cancun for vacation! Only 30 minutes left! I got this!
MILE #12 - Ooh, can I PR my half marathon time right now?!! Stupid idea, Mon...focus on your run and worry about that stupid PR when you are training for a half. IDIOT.
MILE #13 - I did PR my half! 2:02:53!! I can't wait for this to be done. Why is this 0.90 mile so hard all of a sudden? Hi Joe! (Saw my friend Joe running). Uh oh, I underestimated the turnaround point...crap! I have to run up and down the pier now to finish! CRAP!
MILE #14 - FINALLY!! What a SH*T run. I hated every minute. I hurt everywhere. I can't believe I have 16 miles next week, my worst run every year. How can It get any worse than today?! Hey, at least I'm more than halfway to 26.2! UGH. I'm going in the lake now.
Sooo...yeah, running is no picnic, it's not pretty and yet, I do it. We do it. There must be some benefit somewhere that we hold on to even during the worst of run days. Some might tell us we have attention issues and act like squirrels, and truthfully, a water fountain is the equivalent of that squirrel from Ice Age chasing that last acorn.
Distractions take our minds off of our runs and help us tune out, so we can forget the pain, the heat, the humidity and the sheer ridiculousness of training for the coveted 26.2.
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