I have learned since I started running again that sometimes when I run too hard, I puke. Yesterday was one of those days. I had set myself up for perfect up chuck conditions:
- I hadn't run in 4 days! 4 days! Hurt? Nope. Sick? Nope. Busy? Yes. I really hate excuses and "I'm busy" is the worst one. Look everyone is busy and that really isn't a great reason for not exercising for 4 days. BUT, I was really busy. My mornings were booked solid and the afternoons weren't much better and I stayed up past my bedtime several nights in a row. I had the first MOPS, the Dinosaur Train debacle, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, wedding, and exhaustion from wedding....in that order. I should have made time but I didn't. I was feeling a little stale when I started the run.
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- Breakfast today was 4 cups of coffee and a handful of Trix (FYI my husband buys the Trix not the kids). Nobody should have a pot of coffee for breakfast...especially before running. A cup? Yes. A pot? No. I have a problem. I am trying to work on it.
- I had to run after dropping the kids off and it was getting hot. I don't run well in the heat. Okay, so I do have a confession, it was like 75 degrees. I know that's not hot but I wilt fast. A self proclaimed weenie.
- I ran hills. They are big hills and I was pushing it going up those hills. I sadly passed a lady on a bike....twice. She was having a really tough time up those beasts and I know that riding a bike up those is tough because I ride there a lot. I think she was rather embarrassed that a runner passed her but you know what I think is awesome? She did not give up! I can not tell you how many times I see someone walking their bike up those hills (which is fine too). She used her gears, worked hard, took her time, and prevailed. I thought it was great! She was all smiles at the top when I passed her the second time. I took out the earbuds and said, "this hill is a pain* isn't it." She smiled and seemed relieved that I also thought it was tough. *I might have used more colorful language, but on the off chance mom is reading, I though I would keep it G rated.
- I started too fast. I wanted to be fast today since it was a shorter run (5 miles), but I should have gone out slower. I work better when I start slow and then get faster. Maybe everyone does? By the time I was done with the hills I was DONE.
- I kept going once I was done.
- At mile 3.2 I got the pleasure of seeing the entire contents of my stomach on a patch of grass. Ummm, tasty huh?
Look, it wasn't the first time I puked and it probably won't be the last. It was a good reminder to pace myself better.....and not drink a pot of coffee in one sitting. And to the lady on the bike- you rock! Keep up the good work and I promise that hill does get easier!!
My workout today was much better. No puking, which is good because I was in the pool. I swam my first ever continuous mile (whoop whoop, that is a big deal for me!) and then did sprint intervals. I am feeling confident that tomorrow (which will be nice and cool) I will have a puke free long run.
Any one else a puker?