I couldn’t help myself…

Mileage: 13


Weekly Mileage: 33

Today was my long day. I was only supposed to run 12 miles. But I hit the half way point and I felt so good I just couldn’t resist tossing in an extra mile. I know… I know… Here I am worrying about others not following their training plans and then I don’t follow mine. I’m such a hypocrite…

I started off pretty slow, running 10:20s. I really usually just let my body set the pace and today it said “slow”, so that’s what I did. As I began to put in the miles, I seemed to warm up and managed to run the last 5 miles at a 9:30 pace. This course could be a little longer or a little shorter than 13 miles, but it doesn’t matter. It was 13 enough for me. It was also a gorgeous morning and I didn’t see a soul for the first 5 miles. I like that kind of solitude.

I would, however, like to thank the recreation planning gods for their forethought and intelligence. It seems my attempt at “carbo loading” left me carrying, well… a load… if you will. I thought I had taken care of this prior to the run, but about a 1/2 mile into it, I was proven painfully wrong. I went from bliss to desperation in two stomach cramps and started a panicked inventory of the local spur trails and estimated distances to potties. On pure potty finding instinct and an educated guess, I jumped off into a parking lot next to the trail and spotted what at that point in my life looked like the Arc of the Covenant, complete with ray of light and angels singing. A freezing cold, stainless steel toilet has never looked so good. Oh… and joy of joys… there was even toilet paper. Man… I love this town…

..and, ya know… once my little problem was taken care of… the stomach cramps went away and the rest of the run was beautiful.

Coach’s note: Purge your colon before you run, moron…

I also drank two big water bottles full of water and managed to remember to drink at each mile. I took one Hammer Gel at 6 miles (which REALLY helped). My two bottle runner’s fanny pack really seems to work for me. I just have to wear it a bit high so it doesn’t bounce. Seems I might be slowly getting the hang of this stuff…!


3 Responses to I couldn’t help myself…

  1. atlantarunner says:

    That post made me laugh out loud! “Arc of the Covenant, complete with ray of light and angels singing.” Been there, felt that!
    All the best,

  2. dabigleap says:

    …embarrassed grin…!

  3. runlikemad says:

    I love the helpful hints other runners have. I’m marking, “Purge your colon before you run, moron…” near the top of the list 🙂


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