Today I played a nasty trick on myself. On my plan I was supposed to run 3.5 miles. I had gotten up at 4:45am and been on my feet for 6 hours in the OR. It was a crazy intense day including a one year old pediatric patient crashing in the middle of surgery (no worries..he was fine). Everytime I checked my pulse throughout the day it was like 85-90 = STRESSSSSED OUT! So off I go....after about 1.5 miles I'm frusterated. I feel like I should have ran 2.5 by now....this SUCKS! Then my mind starts tricking me...."If you get the long run done today...you won't have to get up at 5am tomorrow to do it"....Thats what it said....foreal! So next thing you know I'm cranking out 6 miles completely unprepared in several ways:
2)Not mentally prepared for a long run
3) Not hydrated...no H20 with me..No nutrition with me
4)Not properly paced for the first 2 miles...(to run a long run)
5)Very hot outside...midday
I felt like it would be a great mental challenge...a way to train my mind not my body. It was pretty awesome...but I still think it's a cruel trick to play on yourself. Maybe it won't be so bad when I'm not running 6 miles tomorrow :) So here she is folks.....and get this...the avg pace was still 9:18! I think that was the same pace I had last week for my 5 mile run? How long can I continue to run long runs at this pace?!?
Ok sidenote. I have been feeling pretty crappy about myself bc of my consumption of diet coke. I know it is horrible for me...yet I basically pour 4-5 cans in my veins a day. I feel pretty embarassed of my uncontrolled habit...and it's so bad that I actually got migraines on the cruise when I wasn't drinking pop. I had to break down and buy one a day to avoid the headaches. But check this out! While i was trudging up 3 flights of stairs with my new purchase (12 pack of diet pepsi)...feeling horrible about myself...I look down and discover this!!!!!!!!!!You might have to click on it to make it bigger to see it better. But basically..its saying that Diet Coke is not only totally A-OK for the bod....but it's HYDRATING!!! say that with me.....HY-DRAT-ING!!!!!!!!! I jump for joy in the stairwell and drop all the groceries! All this time I'm feeling bad about myself and I'm really just hydrating my body!!! HOW SILLY! So next time you crack open a diet pepsi (or 10).....don't feel bad. Think of the hydration you are giving your bod...bc THE COCA COLA COMPANY SAYS SO! I might even start carrying them on my run for hydration.I'm sure you all can sense my sarcasm here...I know it's still bad for me...but maybe I won't beat myself up so much. Just about everything we consume these days is full of chemicals and garbage...at least I'm not addicted to crack cocaine (although sometimes I swear caffeine addiction is worse)