Getting Over It

I don’t write very often about bad runs on the blog.  Because unless I finish a run and feel outright pissed or nauseous, I’m the glass half-full girl who puts another tally in the “win” column.

But it’s November.

There are no races in sight.

I realized that in order to hit my mileage goal for the week, I’m going to have to switch to early AM runs (read: 4:30 AM wake-up calls) for the next two days.

How nice.

Last Thursday I was particularly fussed and not in the mood to move.  At all.  So I put my ear buds in and threw on my running sunglasses and called it a 10k.

Because sometimes, that’s just how we do.

Marcus grabbed a few snaps when he walked in the door.  We live in a split-level, so he had no idea that he was going to be coming home to…this.

Speed demon.

It was the silliest, stupidest fix, but it worked.  And like 99% of my runs, when I was done I felt better than I did when I walked in the door.

Some days a glass of wine is the answer.  On other days it’s wearing my arm warmers.  It’s the fact that they get me on the treadmill that counts.

Numero Uno on my list of days that can’t be a “bad” running day?


Yes, y’all are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Treadmill in the Basement Turkey Trot.  The course is located wherever you are (at home, at a gym).  Distance-wise, it can be as long or short as you would like for it to be.  It is pet friendly.  There is a personal bathroom for each racer and every stop is a water stop.

The Bib Situation…

1. Wear one of your old bibs

Don’t lie.  We’ve all saved them.  Except for my first 5k bib.  And the bib from the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon that I ripped off in a fit of rage after I returned home, beaten and tired.  But whatever.  You probably have one lying around.  Even if you don’t think so.  Kind of like how I found my 10 mile bib a few days before the marathon.  Runners are hoarders.  It just happens.

2. Make a bib

To do so, source a priority mail envelope from the post office.  This is as easy as stopping by the post office, walking in, grabbing one of those envelopes and walking out.

Cut a bib out.  You’ll notice that one side is totally white.  This is the side you want to use.  You know, unless you’re into the blue/red motif.  Or want to pretend that USPS is sponsoring your race.   In which case, keep the outside.

Finally, ink it.  I’d recommend taking this opportunity to use your name as your number like PAULA and DEENA.  Because for most of us, this is the only chance we’ll ever get.

And you, dear, are ready to race.

Running Pack in the Sky: What are your Thanksgiving race plans?

What tricks do you use to get through bad runs?

13 responses to “Getting Over It

  1. Yay! First comment! I’ll be doing the Annual Mayor’s Turkey Day Run in Kenosha, WI. It’s only 2 miles (not sure how that qualifies as a legitimate race, but I’ll take it.) It’s outside, along Lake Michigan. Pray for me.

  2. OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE! You got it, girl! I’ll be running 5 miles in the morning (although since it’s a holiday, I won’t be getting up at 4:30 like usual). I have to mention this!
    Bad runs – well, when Zooey is around, she makes me think that the bad run is her fault. But then I run without her, and I realize that I am so used to running with her that I’m “off.” I kind of wonder if that’s why my Undy 5000 time was slower than last year – I was running without a leash in my hand!
    When I truly feel crummy after a run, I sit back and remind myself that this run was better than the one I never went on. And then I get pissed at how cliche I am.
    Running Pack in the Sky!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I’ll be running a 5K along with Bacon Slayer, Son #1, and approximately 3000 of our closest friends. Still the newbie, it is nice to know that the distance is no problem, so now I want to be *faster* than the last one. No matter my time, self-loathing and critique are not allowed on Turkey Trot day. I push through bad runs with a change in playlists, and a constant Stuart Smalley-on-crack kind of pep talk in my head. “Keep! Running! You! Will! Not! Defeat! Your! Self!”

    Oh, geez. Did I really just type that?!

    No matter how bad the run was, I never, ever wish that I didn’t do it. I always feel better when I am done, just for pushing through the mess.

  4. Sunglasses while on the treadmill? Girl, you are ridiculous but whatever gets you going on your run, right?

    There are so many runs that I’ve just thought, “NO. I don’t want to go out.” But then I always remember how I feel afterwards, plus I’m a person of habit. I hate the feeling of taking more than one day off, so I make sure that I don’t or else I’d feel crummier than if I didn’t run. Sometimes music helps.
    So excited for the Treadmill in the Basement Turkey Trot. I’m actually going to be running outside, so I may look a little ridiculous with the bib on… Oh well, we’ll see what happens.

  5. I LOVE the treadmil pictures. Times a million!!! I’ll be running the Challenge Charities Thanksgiving 5k, but let’s be honest – it’s mostly so I can wear the turkey hat.

  6. Ha ha, I love it! I am still deciding what sort of pre-Thanksgiving exercise plan I want to do. I am a diehard group exercise class fan, but there aren’t any classes on Thanksgiving. I am thinking I might take my bike out for one last spin before we enter snow and ice territory.

  7. I’ll join you guys in a 5K on my Elliptical. But don’t fret, there will be a bib of some sort involved. Sunglasses and earbuds too. What up Foster the People, I got you on my playlist.

  8. Ha! Love this idea. You rock. Hater-blocker sunglasses and all:-)

  9. Oh honey, I am speechless. A. Getting up at 4:30 to run In The Winter is Just INSANE. B. The basement sunglasses look really suits you. C. Your post office bibs crack me up.

    I am treadmill-less and thus forced to go jog outside. In the cold, wind, and rain. Brutal.

    Remind me again why I haven’t moved to Hawaii???

  10. No T-Day Race plans as I don’t usually run on Thursdays, but I might get a nice walk in 🙂

  11. There is an Imperial Hills run! Check out the signs on Urbandale…

  12. Haha! That would be quite the sight to return home to. I will definitely be slapping on an old bib (I keep all of my old ones!) and taking a walk in the morning with my sister. I’m bummed I can’t run, but getting outside will be nice!

  13. SO funny. I can just imagine everyone’s looks if I run with a bib on.
    And yeah–should be good weather here so think I’ll take my turkey-trot outside on Thursday…:)

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