Thursday, October 4, 2007

Warning signs of an impending run

Last night I had all the signs: I was tired, exceptionally cranky, fed up with both my husband and my boys, had a day of lousy food choices, and didn't even have the teeniest desire to go out for a run.

THAT is when I know that I NEED to run. All he warning signs were present, so it was time to move my tail out the door.

So amazingly enough, I did.

It ended up being pretty good, despite its lousy beginning. I started off on a leg of road from my house that, for the past year, I had deemed a .25 mile section. When I looked at my watch and it read 4 minutes, I nearly lost my mind!!! I couldn't figure out how in the world I was running a 16 minute mile!!!! :( That set the tone for the first couple miles of the run, and I ended up turning off my watch so that I wouldnt continue to frustrate myself.

Funny enough, when I got home after the run and mapped the route, the segment in question ended up being just over .31 miles, LOL!!! So a 12 minute mile was much more acceptable to me!! So I guess I got frustrated for nothing really....at least it didnt make me mad enough to quit the run.

I ran one of my tried and true 3 mile routes, and then continued on for some more since I was feeling good at that point. It's crazy to me that the first 2-3 miles of all my runs really STINK until I find a groove. I know that if I can move my tail for at least 2 miles, it usually gets better. I guess I just have a really long *warmup* period! :)

By the time I made it home, I felt much better. Kids were in bed, and I was actually able to speak to Hubby without snapping at him. Ahhhh, what a difference a good run makes.

Total mileage: 4.62 miles
Pace: pokey style...no one really knows :P

13 comments:

secretmom said...

Good for you for getting out and doing it. I think I also have a long warm up time. If I can get through the first couple miles I'm always better.

Wes said...

Sounds to me like you did everything right! The first ten minutes of every run is the hardest. You gave yourself time to start enjoying it. You didn't stop. You turned off your watch so you could have fun. Very inspiring!!

angie's pink fuzzy said...

way to go!

J~mom said...

I love that..pokey style! It takes the pressure off and makes the run fun! Nice job!

Jeff said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Pokey, thanks for the advice. I think I know what I'm gonna do when I get home.

Taryn said...

Yay for getting out and getting that run in! It is so hard, but rewarding, on icky days like that!

I am slow to warm-up too, but that's okay since we're running looong distances, right? Do what you can and do what feels right to your body - that's all that matters!

Pat said...

I ran pokey style the other night. sometimes it's just good to get out and run. no matter what the speed is.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

It's funny how most of us take up running for purely physical reasons, but after a while the mental and emotional reasons become the reason why we keep running.

A lot of us runners take a couple of miles to find any kind of groove.

It certainly sounded like a perfect time for a run to me.

Michelle said...

Nothing like a nice run to clear your head : )

Dan Seifring said...

Running makes for some good therapy doesn't it? Takes me a long time to get into a groove as well.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

ooo, that first thingy with the pace would have been a downer for me too. Glad you hung in there and got the miles done. :)

Andria said...

Runs are so calming! My hubby is starting to get on board with telling me to go for a run when I get cranky! Haha!

Glad you got out and ran. Makes for a happier homelife.

RunMomRun said...

I know that "I need to go for a run even if I don't want to go for a run feeling." Glad you got out there...I always feel much better after, even if I am just celebrating the run being over!;)