If you are a runner, you know that not every run is a good one. I think the bad runs make the good ones just that much sweeter, so here, I give you the top ten ways to ensure a bad run*:
- First, drink way too much the night before — Even though you know you have a long run on your schedule, and portion out your drinks for the evening, go ahead and have an extra beer. Or two. Or three….
- Wake up to a hot, hazy and humid day — or any bad running weather really, and then…
- Put off running until the weather is at it’s worst
- But, no, really. Put it off — You definitely should make refrigerator pickles, run errands, put away the laundry, read blogs and read one more chapter in your book before you run.
- Make sure you eat a really terrible breakfast — like Tudors biscuits. Really delicious, but not very good running fuel.
- Have technical difficulties — Your running app can’t pick up the GPS, your music app keeps stopping.
- Every time something malfunctions, stop running
- When you stop running, sit down and pout.
- Stop at your favorite water fountain once, then run a half a mile, then double back and stop again.
- Stop and pout some more.
*Of course, I’m kidding. You shouldn’t TRY to have a bad run. But it’s fun to make light of it, because they happen. A lot!
Obviously, today’s “long” run didn’t go as planned. Last night, I went over to Zach’s sister’s house for some puppy play time and girl talk. I took a very specific amount of alcoholic beverages, but of course after I drank those, my inhibitions disappeared and I had a few more. Bad idea, because I woke up way later than usual, with a headache and craving a greasy breakfast. When Zach suggested Tudor’s I was way on board. If you’re ever in West Virginia, just indulge a little and trust me. Yum!
After I ate, I obviously couldn’t run right away, so I decided to run some errands, make some refrigerator pickles with the giant bag of cucumbers my boss gave me last week, sew a button on my favorite black work pants, put away our clean laundry, drink an iced coffee — Even though I could have just waited an hour for my food was settled, it was 1 pm before I finally made it out the door. Of course, it was hot, the sun was blazing and it was very humid. Not great conditions for a run. Plus, I had tummy problems from eating such a heavy, fat-laden breakfast. Lesson learned. But, like I said above, the bad runs make the good ones sweeter, so I’m glad I went out. I ended up “running” (I walked a LOT the second half) 5 miles, so it wasn’t a total bust.
I stopped by Family Dollar at the end of my run to pick up a few things we needed for dinner, and I’ve added a new caveat to the old adage “Don’t shop while you’re hungry” — it’s “Don’t shop after a long run” — I bought the most random things. I couldn’t stop looking at all the liquids (I wanted orange juice so badly) because I was so thirsty, and I ended up buying:
I have no idea why I bought that BBQ sauce. Plus, I could have sworn that Family Dollar carried whole wheat pasta, but apparently not. I’m not a white pasta fan, but oh well. Zach wants Carbonara for dinner, and I’m determined to make it for him. The brownie mix, however, will be put to good use — I plan on trying out a new twist on black bean brownies. Depending on how they turn out, I’ll share it here.
After my run, I went about my typical Sunday routine: Lunch, giving Zach a haircut, napping, watching a movie, and cleaning. I actually got a lot accomplished yesterday, which seems to be the case when I am procrastinating doing something.
Question of the Day:
Do you ever get a lot done when you are procrastinating something else?