Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Just A Little Drool

It's weird how you can have a really good, strong run and feel on top of the world. Yes! My training and hard work is paying off! I must have eaten the right thing for breakfast! I hydrated well! I am a stud!

Then the very next day, you have a humbling, shitty run that concerns you. I'll never make my time goal! I am a loser! How did I get so slow?

Today I ran with my running group. We warmed up for two miles, did some strides, then ran four-six minute intervals at what should be our half marathon pace. Once again, no one runs that pace. They all run as fast as they can. So that is what I do. Then I die.

I swear, on the last interval, it was about 80 degrees, blasting sun and I was done. I was probably only doing a 7:30 to 8:00 min/mile pace. Several runners were ahead of me. One girl had the most interesting stride. I found myself wondering how in the heck she could run like that. Feet almost touching her butt with each stride, arms flailing, but she was fast. She told me she was trying to meet the same marathon goal as me to BQ (3:50 marathon). She only missed it by four minutes during her last marathon. I was eating her dust.

And to top it one really talked to me. (except weird stride girl). I was the dreaded new girl with no friends. So here I was, huffing and puffing and sweating and wanting it to end. And it did and then I felt better, although I hate getting so blasted tired. Is this just the way with these damn intervals or am I out of my league??? I drank my post workout Gatorade alone.


  1. Sounds like a tough workout! I am sorry you had to drink your gatorade alone. :( Maybe they are the type of group that take a while to warm up to a new person?

    I always get annoyed when people with weird running forms are faster than me. How can they look so strange, yet run so fast???

  2. hahaha the picture is hysterical!!

    Why are grownups just as immature as high schoolers? I can't believe they won't talk to you, that's silly. Good for you for keeping up with them!

  3. You have to stop dressing funny... :-)

    Perhaps you could initiate a conversation?

  4. Awww, drink your gatorade alone?? That paints such a sad picture in my mind. But then I look at the pic of your drool and I laugh and things are better again.

    Just keep going and eventually there'll be another new person and you won't be the "new one" anymore and you'll be able to join them in all in shunning the new person. Maybe add a little pointing and laughing too.

  5. Awww...hang in there. Intervals are tough! I hate speedwork, but we gotta do it. I would really like to see weird stride girl run. Take some video.

  6. LOL! I've been there girl! I have been trying to get into a running club for the past two months and although everyone seems nice enough, I'm just not "in" yet. Just keep running and try not to dwell on the tough days.

  7. You are not out of your league - intervals are hard!

    Love the pic.

  8. Intervals are supposed to be hell. :)

  9. Yeah, what they all said. Intervals suck but they will make ya faster. I just need to remember to DO them :(

  10. Oh - I am sure the runners will be your friend once they get to know you better. That's so sad you had to drink alone! Big hugs to you!

    And do I dare admit that I maybe sometimes drool when I sleep. HA! So gross. I can't help it!! LOL!

  11. I love the pic!

    You aren't out of your league! You'll get there. And you'll make friends too. Give it time :)

  12. Great job getting out there. I hate that "new girl with no friends" feeling. I have so been there. I have a feeling it will get better.

    Thanks for the kind comment to my embarrassing, but necessary post. :o)

  13. I hate how some running groups are clicky and exclusive. I always try to reach out to new members, especially when I'm organizing runs.

    And, yes, you are just new. Give it a few tries, and you'll feel full of energy after these insane workouts and people will be left in YOUR dust. It takes me 2-3 weeks to get into the groove whenever these intervals are new to me.


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