Yesterday I was supposed to run my “long run” for the training week, which was 5 miles. I started late (about 9am) and ran at the Lake that I frequently visit.
I ran in my new Apaeris Compression Shorts and my new CEP compression calf sleeves (which I will review both at a later date.) I also brought my Garmin 305, my Hydrafoam amiphod water bottle, and my ipod armband holder. I was a total running tech nerd girl, I should’ve taken a picture.
The temperature was 84* but the heat index was 96* and the humidity was 57% with no breeze, even by the lake.
Lately, I’ve had more runs that are bad than good and I blame it mainly on my stupid hip and working night shift.
Anyway, I managed 4.6 miles even though 5 miles were planned and this is why my run sucked so so much:
- It was hot and humid.
- I couldn’t catch my breath.
- My hip felt tight (but my adductors felt great!)
- The compression sleeves were wonderful for my calves, however it was hotter than hell so midway through my run I had to stop and take them off.
- I kept sweating into my eyes.
- I got dizzy toward the last mile and walked the rest of the way.
- I was tired.
- I had some serious GI issues going on.
It’s so defeating to me to have runs like this. I know a lot of people have sucky runs, but when it’s one after the other, especially when it’s a struggle with a bum hip, it makes me question. I forget why I enjoy running in the first place. I always get over my depressed mood about it eventually, but I just wish things could go back to normal. I’m still convinced I have a hip labral tear, something just isn’t right and I can sense it.
Even though I complain a lot (I know I do, it’s something I’m trying to stop doing so much), I like to look at the positives in everything.
Positive points to this run:
- My adductors felt good.
- I had some good music lined up.
- There were a lot of friendly active people out and about.
- I saw a man feed some starving kittens a big bowl of cat food.
- The lake was beautiful.
- I am otherwise healthy and able to get out and do something, it’s better than just sitting on the couch.
How do you get through your tough/crappy runs? What motivates you to keep going?