Tuesday, May 29, 2012

9 lessons

This past weekend my long run was 9 miles.  It was tough.  I wanted to give up around mile 2.  I tried to convince myself to go home and try again tomorrow.  Thankfully I didn't listen to that part of my brain.  Another part chimed in and reminded me that you can't have a "do over" in a race.  You can't go home and try again tomorrow.  So I stuck with it.  Not that it was easy, but I did it. I finished my 9 miles and was really proud of myself.  I came up with some lessons learned from the painful run.

  1. Always wear Body Glide.   I forgot and I thought my thighs were going to start a fire.  Three days later and I still have a rash.
  2. Just because Starburst Gel things look like GU Chomps, doesn't mean they work like GU Chomps.  In my frustration, I stopped at a gas station to get water and a snack.  Starburst gel things seemed like a good idea.  They were not.
  3. If you forget lesson number 2, be sure you know where all the bathrooms along your route are located.  I had some serious stomach issues around mile six.  
  4. Running in the sunshine is awesome. It was a rare sunny Seattle day.  
  5. Mental toughness is as important as physical toughness. Sometimes more important.
  6. I am tougher than I think I am. 
  7. Beer tastes better after a long run. 
  8. It is acceptable to wear compression gear out to dinner. I did my best to hide it.
  9. Valuable lessons can be learned from less than stellar training sessions.  I know I will have a race where I'm not feeling it.  I will want to give up.  When that happens, I hope I will remember this painful 9 mile run.  I hope I will remind myself that I can push through the pain and fight to finish.


  1. Great quote! And I hear you about having to push through when you don't want to. I have been there a lot recently but need to keep thinking positively :)

  2. Glad you were able to push through a tough run:) I love #8!

  3. Glad you got through it and I will remember this post too. So agree with #7 and #5. And yes, #8 is acceptable!