Sunday, June 12, 2011
Multitasking 101 - Thinking While Running
Can I just say boo?!!! My final run of last week - my long slow distance - sucked! It's my own fault, I know. I had 20k written on my program so whenever anyone asked how far I was going I said 20k. Doesn't matter that I'd been pretty sick the week before. Doesn't matter that I didn't complete any of my sessions this week (on purpose because I was recovering from last week). Doesn't matter that on Thursday I'd decided to just run about 15k. And it doesn't matter that I only get about 4 hours sleep the night before (also my own fault for having coffee in the afternoon)
Saturday dawned and all my good intentions went out the window. I did every thing possible to make it a hard run for myself. I went out too hard and got into an interesting conversation with a much faster runner. I didn't turn around with that runner when she cut her run short. I proceeded to tag along with another group of much faster runners. I forgot to take my gel at 45 mins. I finally turned around at 9k because I couldn't face the hill that was between me and the 10k turnaround. Then I ran another couple of k before I remembered to take my gel. I got to run alone for a while and didn't back off the pace much. Then Coach Chris caught me up and I felt I had to keep up with him (as if I ever could!)
And then, like a gift from heaven, I was struck with stomach cramps. I had to find a toilet and this gave me the perfect opportunity to ditch Coach Chris. I still had about 5k to go and even though I finally backed off a little, the damage was done. Why, oh why do I do this to myself? I am a fairly intelligent woman. I did well at school. Got a good degree. Can run my own business and a family without killing any kids or swearing at customers. But when it comes to running sometimes I act like a total retard. (I'm sorry that I'm not very politically correct) Certainly my neurons don't spend a lot of my running time actually working.
So today, having learnt the lesson of Saturday, I went out for my 12k run. Still ran probably a little harder than I should have but it was much better than Saturday.