Did you ever look at your calendar and realize that you’re going to have to do some serious run juggling to hit your training goals? Usually my schedule is pretty flexible, but I have a really busy week ahead. As luck would have it, I also need to run at least 42 miles. We have an event all day Saturday and, assuming I am not hurting too badly (AKA sweating beer), I have an event Sunday morning. The end result is that I need to run those 42+ miles in the next 5 days. Ugh.
Today’s plan? I sent the boys to the movies with Beer Geek and I was going to run at least 8 miles.
Fail #1: In my rush to buy groceries and get the boys fed and out the door, I forgot to eat breakfast OR lunch. Oops. So I started my run on nothing but coffee and a small piece of bread.
Fail#2: I realized one mile in that I’d forgotten my phone. I REALLY hate running without it. The ground is still kind of slippery and drivers around here are idiots, so I circled back towards the house. Got to the house at 3 miles and grabbed my phone. I considered jumping on the treadmill, but went back out.
Fail#3: I quickly realized my stomach was really unhappy about the coffee and nothing else fueling. I ran a mile or so and then decided I’d run loops near my house until I *had* to go in.
Fail#4: On the way back to my house, I tripped on a chunk of snow and went flying. Amazingly, I landed on my feet, but not without slamming into my neighbor’s fence and scraping my hand, resulting in blood dripping everywhere. (Apparently I bleed well.) I got back to the house at 5.3 miles.
Was that it? Nope.
I hit the bathroom, took care of my tummy issues, attempted to bandage my hand, and threw on a pair of shorts (no way were those tights going back up on my sweaty legs.)
3 miles on the treadmill later and I’d hit 8.3 miles for the day.