Today was not my day. It was just one of those days where I never really got into a rhythm and I just felt off the whole 6 miles of my long run. I felt tired and sluggish and just wanted to be done. I know it’s just one run and you can’t pin everything on it (good runs and bad runs, I know) but I was beating myself up during this run. I kept thinking “come on, it’s just 6 miles” and “you have no business training for a marathon if 6 is a struggle” and of course “toughen up buttercup.” I guess I did toughen up in a way, since I never took a walk break. I just kept trudging along. I’m not sure what the deal was. Maybe I’m tired from doing all morning runs/workouts this week? Maybe it was just one of those days. It was also 70 degrees with 100% humidity today, and that humidity never helps things any. It also makes my pictures hazy.
On a happier note, I tried out some new fuel: peanut butter-flavored Gu. Although I don’t necessarily need fuel on a 6 mile run, I prefer to try out new types of fuel on shorter long runs in case disaster strikes. Surprisingly I liked the flavor and it sat well in my stomach. I think this would definitely be something I would eat in the earlier stages of a race, because the longer I go usually the more irritable I get and the strongly-flavored peanut butter Gu would definitely not go over well with the irritable side of me.
My running brain did entertain me with some random thoughts, as usual, and for once I remembered one of them to share with you! The trail I was running on this morning essentially has a bathroom every mile for the first 3 (if you turn right and go to the trailhead when you get up on the New River Trail). There’s a brick and mortar bathroom at mile 0 and 3, and then there are porta potties at miles 1 and 2. I got to thinking I have become quite a connoisseur of porta potties over my years of running. I often know where all of the unlocked porta potties in town are located, as well as where other public restrooms are. So here’s where my running brain comes in: I decided that was very similar to the kid from ‘A Christmas Story’ becoming a connoisseur of soap.
Don’t ask why my brain made the leap from porta potties to the Ralphie being punished for saying the F-word. Probably because they both use the word connoisseur (which by the way I had to use spell check in order to spell correctly).
I will leave you with a video of Katie Ledecky swimming the 400 at worlds. It’s worth the watch if you have time. This kid, and I mean kid- she’s only 16, swims the way Steve Prefontaine ran. You may remember her from last year’s Olympics when she burst onto the world scene with a gold in the 800 free.
If you’re interested, the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay was some of the best racing I’ve seen and it has an edge of your seat finish.
Random question: Are elite runners allowed to consume products with caffeine in them while competing in the marathon? Barry had mentioned to me that when he takes in a Gu that has caffeine in it, he always gets a boost. I noticed today that the peanut butter Gu does not have caffeine in it and for whatever reason started wondering if elites were allowed to take in something that would give them a boost during competition.
Anyone else been following the world championships for swimming?
How do you move on from tough runs? How do you keep them from making you feel like the goal you’re training for isn’t attainable?