Sunday, September 5, 2010

excuses ...

I love my schedule. I follow it to a T. It's my Type-A personality. It pushes me to strive to be perfect all the time. But, don't tell anyone, I'm not. (I am pretty good at faking though.) At times, things go wrong. Plans go astray. Life gets bumpy. Or I get lazy. Like when I didn't run my scheduled 20 miler on Saturday.

The following is a list of what may or may not be excuses as to why I did not run:

1. I ran an a**-kicking five mile tempo run on Thursday (8:21 pace, if you were wondering.) I followed that run by the most sucktastic five miler on Friday. I barely survived. It was horrible. And I finished that run less than 10 hours before my scheduled 20 miler. At that point, I just wasn't feeling it.

2. I have been nursing a sore throat and some nasal congestion since Thursday. It's not getting any worse, but it's not really getting any better either. An extra day of rest was only going to help, right?

3. The temperature on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. was 70. The temperature today at 6 a.m. was 54. Enough said.

4. My iPod was non-functional. Apparently, if you NEVER remove your iPod from the armband and NEVER remove the earbuds from the iPod, your sweat will start to corrode the device. The metal was eaten away on the top (near the bezel) and the plug for the earbuds was permanently welded by calcified sweat into the plug. Not a problem until you attempt to remove it, at which point, the cord will rip off and the plug will remain. Fan-freaking-tastic. $200 later, I now have a working iPod (and will religiously be removing it from the armband after my runs).


5. Sleeping in (even if it was only until 7:45) sounded far more appealing than hitting the pavement for 3+ hours.


6. I wanted to wear my capris on Saturday. And they don't really go with my recovery socks.

7. I didn't REALLY want to run 68 miles in a seven day period (Sunday-Saturday). I much preferred the thought of only logging 50 miles in seven days (Monday-Sunday).

8. J made me.

P.S. - Those excuses were short lived. I am headed out the door right now ...

22 comments:

nora said...

There must be something in the air... I blew off my long run yesterday, too - I just wasn't into it for a myriad of reasons (or excuses), as well.

BUT I'm headed out the door right now feeling excited and ready. Thanks for being honest - it's good to know that others feel this way sometimes.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I need you'd still get it in!! I love the capris didn't match your socks excuse. So funny.

runnergirl said...

Great job getting out there! Doesn't it feels so good to conquer those excuses and have a great run! Enjoy the day!

runningwithababyonboard said...

lol. I love it. I'm no 20 miler, but i did the exact same thing yesterday and am headed out in exactly one hour. It makes me feel so much better that someone who is a top notch runner has the same issues as me. :)

trifitmom said...

good for you getting it done.

this am i had an ocean swim and was soooooo not wanting to do it, it was 59 degrees outside....but after a multitude excuses i did it.

fleming Fab 5 said...

Ok, so I skipped my run yesterday. Headed out the door today to make it up!!!

Wells L said...

Great job of getting past the excuses and getting on your running shoes and going anyway! Good luck - hope it's a good run for you.

Silly Girl Running said...

It's OK to reschedule a run once in a while; and you went out for that run a day later...so; don't worry. You'll be fine! :) And your uber fit. :)

Mike Russell said...

Of course you made it out the door...you are RWB!

MCM Mama said...

Sometimes the smartest training move you can make is to move a run to a different day (I totally knew you wouldn't skip it entirely. That's something I'd do LOL).

Hope the 20 went well this morning.

runningwithsass.com said...

I think those are grea excuses lol!
although I would LOOOVVVEEEE 70 degree weather!

runningwithsass.com said...

I think those are grea excuses lol!
although I would LOOOVVVEEEE 70 degree weather!

Karen said...

LOL I love your excuses...but they are SO true! I know what you mean when you just aren't feeling it. That's when I say no, too. Glad the weather is a little cooler for you! :0) That always helps a little! lol

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

The run was probably much better today when you wanted to run versus yesterday when you would've dreaded it the whole time.

Btw, I keep meaning to ask you about the socks... all the super cute socks I find aren't moisture wicking... so I'm wondering how your feet hold up in the uber-cute socks.

mommaof3ontherun said...

I had one of those weeks....

Teamarcia said...

You were very wise to rest up. I'm glad the 20 was awesome! Sorry about the iPod!

ajh said...

Excuse number 6 was my favorite!

Anne said...

There was not a doubt in my mind that that run would be done by Sunday evening :)

S Club Mama said...

days off are much needed :)

MomRunningFromCancer said...

There are some days that are meant to be "skip days"

Hope you had a great run!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Ha ha...I think those all sound like great reasons why your run didn't happen!

funderson said...

Oh my LORD....#6 is killing me! ha!