So I didn’t end up getting to run yesterday. I was already in a little bit of a bind because when I got to the hotel I found out the gym didn’t open until 6 AM. That didn’t exactly mesh with my plans to run 5 miles and the fact that I needed to leave the hotel by 7:15 AM. But I was willing to shorten my run to 3-4 miles to deal with the time constraint. This wouldn’t have been such a problem if I were a faster runner, but I digress.
So I get down to the hotel gym at 5:57 AM and lo and behold there’s some guy already running along on the only treadmill. I was not happy, but hey he has as much right as I do. I just felt like I followed the hotel’s rules, but got gypped because someone else didn’t. The gym also had an elliptical and a stationary bike in it. I had ridden the elevator down with a gentleman who was also headed to the gym. We had had a brief conversation on the elevator about what each of us planned to do, and he had already said he was planning to use the elliptical. When we got to the gym door and saw someone was already on the treadmill I just told him “Oh well, enjoy your workout” and headed back upstairs. I did check the gym again at 6:15 and the guy was still on the treadmill. Running outside wasn’t an option, as it was still dark, I don’t think I was in an area that you should go running by yourself in, and I only had shorts and a t-shirt (it was 38 degrees outside).
Needless to say, I was a little grumpy about the whole situation and not being able to get my run on as planned. I had also had a bad nights sleep, as my hotel room was right across from the elevators (which made a loud “DING” every time they opened) and the ice machine (which I’m pretty sure made ice all night long, dropping one cube at a time). Not exactly good sleeping conditions for the girl who’s used to complete silence at night.
My meeting for work went well, though, and we got to tour the USNS Comfort in the afternoon. It’s one of two hospital ships that the U.S. has. That was really neat, and I took a bunch of pictures. I’m planning to do a full post about that sometime this weekend. Our tour wrapped up at 4:30 PM and I hit the road to make the 6 hour trek back home. Yesterday was a 14.5 hour workday for me.
I was really sleepy all day today from all of the driving, but I definitely wanted to get a run in after work since I couldn’t run yesterday. I had a Luna bar for a pre-run snack and then I ran 6 easy miles on the trail in town, at 10:09 pace. It’s a really nice day outside today (45 degrees and a little cloudy) and there were actually a number of people out on the trail today.
At one point I passed a family (mom, dad, 4 young kids) and the one little girl said “look, a runner!” as I went by. Then I heard the mom say “no honey, that’s a jogger”. Ouch. I guess I should wear an old race bib during my training runs to distinguish myself. 🙂
Towards the end of my run I also had a lady yell out of her car “stop running!”. When I glanced back she yelled “sorry!” and then laughed. It was very random and very bizarre.
I need your help/guidance/opinions on something. I’m not quite sure what to do for my weekly mileage this week. The plan was to run 4 Tuesday, 5 Wednesday, 4 Thursday, and 13 on Saturday. This week was supposed to be my “peak week” before the Blue Ridge Half. I did 6 miles today, in the hopes of doing a shorter 3 mile run tomorrow (instead of doing 5 today, 4 tomorrow). However, usually if I run the day before a long run, especially my longest long run in training, I feel bad during my long run. I’m torn whether to just do 3 miles nice and easy tomorrow morning and rest the remainder of the day (I’m off work tomorrow), or to just rest before my Saturday long run. If I choose the latter, I would have the option of running 3 miles on Sunday if I felt up to it. I’m pretty sure missing one 3 mile run is not going to ruin my training for the half marathon, but it bugs me that I may not get in the miles on what’s meant to be my highest mileage in training. Decisions, decisions…..
Do you sleep well in hotels?
Ever been on/toured a Navy ship?
Do you eat Luna Bars? What’s your favorite flavor?
I like the Lemon Zest and Oatmeal Raisin flavors. There’s also one called Blueberry Bliss that’s really good, but I can’t ever find it at the store.
How do you define runner vs. jogger?
I’m with Dr. George Sheehan… the difference between a runner and a jogger is a race entry blank. I don’t care how fast or slow you are, if you run races you are a runner.
What do you think I should do about my weekly mileage for this week?