Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Almost a DNS

The wildly hot weather in Chicago yesterday called for a visit to get frozen custard at you know where. Here are a couple photos to be jealous of.


I went to bed with my calves giving out. I don't think I had more than 10 steps left. I was beat.

Get up at 3:40, let's get this party started. After yesterday's great run, I was hoping for a repeat leg confidence for a fun run with Erin and Corey.

I step out of bed and had a cramp in my left calf.  Doesn't feel like the current strain I'm rehabbing.  I pause and think.. your move leg, are we running today or not...

I proceed to get ready, drink coffee, and bio break. I use the stick and foam roller to see if I get any reaction... Nope feel fine. Mentally I'm nervous, physically I can't reproduce the cramp. I just feel that inner oddness in my calf. At least it is a recovery run. I had to decide by 4 if I was running to let Erin know my final start time or if at all.  Lets do it.  At least my mind wasn't on my gut.

I don't bother with my GPS today and just go at what I feel safe with. Slow first mile. Stretch. Already sweating a lot, but it is cooling off and getting foggy.

I meet up with Erin and give her a heads up that I'm half expecting to get a flat and have to walk home.  We do a more gentle pace than normal thankfully. The easy pace combined with talking the entire run helped keep my mind off my fear and let me enjoy the run.

We pick up Corey and have a delightful run. The breeze from the north felt great, and it was fun watching the sky go from clear and full of stars to full on mist/fog. I think I forgot to pause my timer a couple times, but does it really matter if you are having a good time and not for a fast time?

Got home, plenty of time for stretching. Leg holding together. Physical Therapy this evening and rest day from running tomorrow. Good timing!

What was your hot weather comfort food/drink?

Do you mentally make mountains out of mole hills?

And your inspirational photo for the day - replace "Landing a plan" with running your goal race:

And funny running read: What's your running confession

18 comments:

  1. Nice run. Enjoy your rest day tomorrow!

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  2. Kelsey @ Fueling StrongAugust 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Nice run! It was a hot one out there, but nothing like a nice sweat to start the day! Lately after hot runs I've been craving La Croix (mineral water). It's a weird craving. I also started to crave beer on my long run this morning... note I hate beer! I think marathon training is messing with my mind:)

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  3. Running with others is such a plus...I'm like you - to helps keep my mind distracted and allow you to just get through your run for the day

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  4. Nice run! I've still never had frozen custard. It sounds amazing in this weather!!!! Running with friends always makes my runs better and the time fly- I should probably do it more. Enjoy your rest day :)

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  5. I refreshed myself with beer yesterday in this heat and humidity...was a long day with a golf tournament followed up with a ballgame at night.

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  6. I made sure I ran early. I didn't know if I would make it through that sweaty mess

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  7. Woo hoo! Happy it turned out to be nbd. I wonder if it was just some weird night cramp (like a Charlie Horse). Hmm.

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  8. I'm glad your calf was a non-issue on the run. I hope your PT + a rest day will help your legs recover!


    My favorite hot weather food is frozen grapes... or a Chicago Diner milkshake haha. Depending on whether I'm feeling being healthy.


    Running confession: I talk to myself (in my head) while I run. I'll have really random conversations and like 10 mins will go by before I'm like... wait... wtf am I thinking about? But... it helps me sort a lot of stuff out.. haha.

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  9. Will try! im sure the first thing I'll complain about is not running. start adjusting your sleep to run on next wednesday with us

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  10. Training is making everyone transform into something different...better? or just crazier!

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  11. For sure! especially the days where your mind is trying to be your worst enemy!

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  12. Shower beer I hope or a beer in a shower?
    My legs would be dead after all that!

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  13. seriously! i don't know if people choose to do their runs in the hottest part of the day or that is their only open time. At least mentally, we gain some strength from it

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  14. Thanks! Hopefully the therapist agrees and just tortures my leg like she does.
    I think it was a night cramp or just fatigue. I learned from last time, I was ready to stop at the first sign of a pull or tightness, but never happened! Probably I'm probably hyper sensitive to every knick or cramp i get now

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  15. I hope so too! Every day I'm crossing my fingers I just have steps forward now!


    I love frozen grapes or even frozen berries! I never feel so healthy that I'll say no to a shake!


    I talk to myself a lot too! super random. Or just keep thinking of the same 10 seconds of a song over and over again for a mile!

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  16. it is perfect year round! And so much less good for you than ice cream! And great year round!


    Thanks!

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  17. There you go with more pictures of mouthwatering desserts!!! =D Happy rest day tomorrow!!!

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  18. Nerri @ LaPetiteRunnerAugust 29, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    i just got sucked into that reddit thread for the past 15 minutes - hilarious!

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