2017 · Attitude · being prepared · brenna gimler · Cold Running · Discipline · Equipment Failure · goals · Hills · Rain Running · Random Thoughts · Running Environment · Running experience

Dissapointments Are Only Temporary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So my last Half Marathon is now done.  It was a very hilly race in cooler weather that bordered on raw by the end of the race.  I was happy that the nasty rain held out pretty much until I was finished.  Deep down inside I was a little disappointed that I had to walk a few times.  Well, it was more like wanted to walk most of those times except for a few times getting up another hill.  I hate it when I walk because it makes me feel so damn defeated but as I tell everyone I know, no one…I mean NO ONE in the world cares if you walk.  There were lots of walkers yesterday and walkers in places where I didn’t really understand why they were walking at that very spot.  I always feel a little like I don’t deserve the finishers medal when I walk.  I know I still finished 13.1 miles but I didn’t run the entire thing and I certainly didn’t treat it like a race and push myself anywhere except to the finish line.  I was disappointed but disappointments are only temporary.  My wonderful son was waiting in the stinging cold rain for me with a giant bear hug at the finish line.  That was my actual reward for running yesterday’s race.  I always look for my kids if they come to the race because it’s like a huge surge of adrenaline that kicks in when I round the corner.  I can’t wait to get to them and hug them.  All I think about the last 2 miles is the kid who came to my race.  So far that has only been James and it’s kind of nice to have him volunteer to come with me and sit around for 2+ hours while I run.  My hips and knees and legs were not in the greatest shape when I finished.  My right knee especially must have had some serious internal swelling because it was killing me.  The backs of my legs ached especially on the long drive home 7 hours later from spending the post race day with my son John at URI.  Driving was more and more awful as the hour home went on.  I couldn’t wait to put my feet up for the night.  I am disappointed that the new @cwx_usa tights that I bought specifically for leg, joint and muscle support didn’t work.  It could have been the hills and I suppose that today had I not worn them I could feel a whole lot worse, but yesterday I was disappointed in the $75 investment that didn’t make a difference when I needed it to.  Live and learn I suppose.  Maybe I need to do a long flat run to see how I feel but I feel like I shouldn’t have felt so bad after this race because I had my @cwx_usa tights.  Maybe I’m just old.  Today I’m over it because disappointments are temporary as long as you use them to improve yourself and your situation.  Overall yesterday was a success in that I finished and I’m proud of myself for finishing.  I certainly am happy that I only have one more race to go next Sunday but I’m nervous because the hill I’m about to face is 10x any hill I took on yesterday and it’s 4 miles long straight up in the predicted cold weather.  Only time will tell how it will go and only a good attitude will see me through.  I’ve got at least one of those under control, the rest I’ll take as it comes.  Bring on VT and the best race that I can do.  

 

 

HAPPY RUNNING!

 

 

 

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2017 · Equipment Failure · Gadgets · Good Running Gear · Random Thoughts · running problems

My Watch is an Asshole and My Phone is a Liar!

Just WTF!  I need a new watch!  I just have to break down and buy one because mine is dying.  First I cracked it, then it stopped syncing properly and now it won’t even record a run.  It goes to that screen and connects to the GPS but then it won’t turn on.  It must have gotten wet on Saturday when my wingman and I did 8 miles and got drenched in a downpour on the second 4.  GRRRR  but that’s fine because I have the Map My Run app on my phone so I turn her on, flip my watch off and away I went.  All is well, I’m kind of struggling through tired legs in mile one but nothing I’ve not worked through before.  Today it’s cold but with every step I’m warming up and waiting for my assistant to start reading off my stats.  Now she tells me I’m at a mile before I know that I’m at my true 1 mile mark.  Ok, it wasn’t far off so I stop the app and and stretch my shins that are protesting a bit.  I don’t stop long and head on my way through mile 2.  That is where the arguments began with the stupid app.  As I approached somewhere in the vacinity of 1.75 miles she lowers my music and announces that I’m at mile 2.  NO I’M NOT you stupid lady in my phone!  Now I’m irritated but all i really need to know is the time because I know the distance by heart.  Whatever, I keep going pausing just for a few seconds to again stretch my shin then move along to finish mile 3.  The thing that bugs me is that she tells me I have these rediculously fast times that i know I can’t hit.  Irritating.  Half way through mile 3 she says I’m at 3- LIAR!  It doesn’t matter really, just bugs me.  So now I need a new watch and potentially a new app as backup.  The run was ok overall but just took my mind off my running focus.  Some days it’s just the little things that drive you crazy especially when it’s the stuff that you rely on to keep tabs on your progress.

HAPPY RUNNING!