52 Weeks, 52 Runs. No. 20: On the rocks

My relationship with running is on shaky ground this week. We are just not moving forward as a couple. I mean, we are moving forward, but not moving forward, if you know what I mean.

As much as I’d like to blame running for this situation, I know it’s mostly my fault. If I’m not willing to put in real, sustained effort, how can I expect us to develop and grow? But surely running has to shoulder some of the responsibility. If it weren’t so difficult, and if it didn’t make my lungs so angry, and my legs so burny, and my face so red, perhaps I’d be more willing to spend more time sorting through our issues. I’m starting to think maybe we need a temporary separation. Or therapy …

In case you couldn’t tell, I had a bad run this weekend.

Margaritas 5K

Runners as far as the eye can see at the Margaritas 5K in Exeter, N.H.

Margaritas 5K

The aftermath.

It wasn’t my worst time. It wasn’t my hilliest race. But I just felt lousy. And when a run called Margaritas 5K doesn’t make me happy … well, all hope is lost. My first run with a hard-liquor theme, and look what happens.

This was part of the Loco Will Run for Beer series, so naturally the event was fabulous. (Thankfully, it didn’t reflect my lackluster performance.) The only hitch came as we were lining up for our gratis drink at the end and were informed we all needed ID. You could gauge my mood at that point by the fact that I wasn’t willing to schlep back to the car to get it. It takes a lot to make me give up on free booze.

The run itself went something like this: run/stop to tie shoelace/run/walk/run/walk/walk/run/curse/run/take inhaler/run/walk/water stop/run/walk/curse/run/walk/give death stare to hubby who came to run me in/walk/run across the finish line/grimace at photographer.

Not my finest half-hour.

It was exceptionally warm though, the warmest run of the season so far. It became clear that transitioning back to hotter weather is going to be tough. I am going to put my lack of skills down to that, and not to the fact that I am heading for a break-up. Because that would be sad.

Twenty runs down, 32 to go. It’s a long, exceptionally sweaty road ahead.

Margaritas 5KThe event: Margaritas 5K
The location: Exeter, N.H.
The date: May 13, 2012
My time: 33.58 (pace: 10.58)
Hubby’s time:
21.27 (pace: 6.55)
The cause:
Exeter High School track and cross-country programs
The T-shirt:
Blue cotton short-sleeved
The aftermath: Chicken burritos from Margaritas. Yum! There may have been other bits and pieces, but we were too focused on the burritos.


31 responses to “52 Weeks, 52 Runs. No. 20: On the rocks

  1. Go for runcation
    Somewhere new to start over
    Finish so happy

  2. The heat definitely makes things more difficult. You just need to condition yourself and you will get there!

  3. I normally run at night after dinner because I’m NOT about to get up early and run before work. That’s for crazy people. On the weekends I notice running in the day light is so much harder than at night! That sun can pack a wollup, even when it’s not very hot. Good luck! You are almost half way there!

    • I completely agree about before-work running. Hubby is trying to get me in on that action, and I am resisting with all my might! I love to sleep far too much to get up at 5am and get sweaty. I am determined to start running at night now that the weather is so nice.

  4. I let out an audible groan when I read that you needed ID for the margarita. So sucky. Hope the next race is better!

    • I know, right!! Great event, but how many people really carry ID around with them on a race? I mean, it’s bad enough that many race bibs have our ages splashed all over them!

  5. Congrats! You finished it 🙂 I just did a 10k on the weekend and lots of walking was involved too, but whatever gets you there right?

  6. I know that feeling! As soon as it starts getting warmer (and particularly more humid), I suddenly find myself wondering what happened to my endurance? Then I remember this happens every year going into summer and it just takes time to adjust.

    Keep plugging along and you will get past it. You’ve got a great attitude about it!

    • I’m glad I’m not alone in the transition struggles. I always think I’m the only one with a face as red as the sun, huffing and puffing away. But obviously I’m not! 🙂 Hopefully it will get easier. Otherwise, I’ll have to do a lot of night races!

  7. I love your mission to run 52 races this year! Don’t let one crummy run set you back, you still have 32 to go!!! You can do it! I can’t wait for your next race recap. Keep up the great writing. It’s very entertaining and I love reading your posts!

    • Thanks! That’s so nice of you. I am beyond thrilled when I get comments like yours; they are amazingly motivating when I just want to throw it all in (like last weekend). I hope I can keep it up. Thanks again!! 🙂

  8. Some days it simply doesn’t click – and there’s often no earthly reason why not. A change int he weather can be especially difficult to deal with. Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and get back out on the road – it will be better and you’ll remember why you do it.

    • Thanks! You’re right that some days things just don’t come together. It’s especially jarring after you’ve had a few good ones and then you hit a wall and go backwards! But the challenge is still there, which is definitely a good motivator. 🙂

  9. I’ve had a few bad runs recently, and I blame the warm weather. Yes, I run indoors. Your point?

  10. With each post I enjoy your blog more and more. As much as I love summer, the thought of running in the heat does not appeal to me. Good luck with completing your goal. You can do it!!

    • Thanks!! Heat has never appealed to me! People always wonder about my aversion to it, given that I am Aussie and am supposed to have been born in the sun. But it’s just not in my genes, apparently. I wish I was better at it. 🙂

  11. Saving My Belly Button Ring

    I was thinking earlier this week how much I enjoy getting your weekly posts…..and this week……once again…..brilliant, simply brillant!!! Plus, after reading your posts…..whether good run or bad…..I feel it and know that I am not alone!!! hahahaha Thanks for sharing!

  12. I always have some truly sucky runs when it first starts getting warm every year, and I’ve been at this for 10+ years. Don’t worry, you’ll get acclimated to the heat!

  13. ooooh. i feel you! but think of it this way, if you didn’t poop in your shorts, it wasn’t THAT bad.
    i had my worst run of 2012 at the Bedford Rotary 12k on saturday…finished dead last. i was cranky and dropping enough f bombs to wipe out an entire town.
    i can’t stumble out of a warm comfy bed and go out at the asscrack of dawn and run either…..you’re 1000% correct, that is just for crazy people!
    it’s a new weekend- we both have new races…..i wish you luck with yours. i just looked at your schedule- we have no more together? what’s up with that? i thought for sure i would see you at the last run for beer race (june 3) i have many buds (and teammates) running run to remember this weekend. have fun! i am running lawrence sat & haverhill sunday. heres to a better run! cheers!

    • Hahaha! You crack me up. I’m so sorry you had a sucky run too!! But it’s great that you finished. I have never even run that far! I was supposed to be doing WRFB on June 3 but it turns out that’s a National Guard weekend so hubby won’t be around, and I don’t drive so I have no means of getting there. 😦 But I’m sure I’ll see you at some point! We have a lot of scheduling to do! Hope you enjoy this weekend’s runs!!

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