I’m not gonna say it was “bad”, but…

Distance: 5.5 mi

Time: 50.03

I don’t know if I would classify this as a “bad” run as much as maybe just a tough run after a bad night and another tough run.

The track workout yesterday left me a bit dehydrated and sore.  Although I tried to drink lots of water during the evening, I was very uncomfortable when I went to bed and only got about 3 hours sleep.  So this morning 5:00am came a bit earlier than usual.  I felt stiff and sore for most of the run and never seemed to settle into any kind of groove.  The run was supposed to be fartleks every half mile, but I could only do 2 of them.  In the end I just slogged back in and was happy to put another 5.5 miles in the books.  I am very tired, sleepy, hungry and sore.  My legs are really uncomfortable.  I have chugged about a half gallon of water so far and still haven’t gone to the bathroom yet (on top of two cups of coffee in a desperate attempt to wake up…), so, obviously, I’m still dehydrated.

I knew this schedule would be tough because running at 5:30pm and then running again at 5:30am is just barely enough time to recover, but I was hoping it might get better.  But the hot weather and withering wind conspired against me.  I am already looking forward to crawling into my bed this evening and it’s only 10am…

The upside of all this is that I don’t run again until Saturday morning, which gives me the majority of 2 full days off.  I need it.  And I never in a million years thought I would say this but… I am really looking forward to this Saturday’s run because it is “short”.  It’s ONLY 13 miles.  When that became “short”, I dunno.  Seems like only a week ago that 3 miles was “long” and 13 miles was impossible to even think about…

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