I Had It All Planned

When the alarm is set, the morning run is happening ... or is it? Image via wikimedia.
When the alarm is set, the morning run is happening … or is it? Image via wikimedia.

I had it all planned. I had run 10 miles the day before and knew I needed to run at least 3 recovery miles the next day. I checked the weather. I laid my clothes out and filled  my water bottle with my new concoction of yellow Gatorade and cranberry EmergenC. Hey, don’t judge. It works for me and at 80+ degrees outside I always carry fluids.  I also put a bottle of olive oil in the bathroom because I read somewhere that I should put it on my hair prior to going out for my run because of its great benefits. And finally I set my clock. Then eventually I went to bed.

I woke up before my alarm with a headache, chills, and stomach distress. Okay, so an early morning run was not going to happen. When it got light outside I reached out to people who run during normal hours of the day. No one was available to run with me. And I wasn’t feeling any better. I thought that if I made a run date I would feel compelled to get up and run. I acted as if being sick was just a figment of my imagination. If I had a run partner I had to run, right? I did not even think about what I could potentially do to my body if I ran while sick.

I decided to get back in bed for a few more minutes and ended up waking back up at noon! Not to be deterred I reached out to some more people. Surely I would feel better by the time people got off from work. Again no one was available. So I got up and was barely able to walk to the kitchen. But I had it all planned. I was supposed to run. I then decided that I could just get on my treadmill and run after I sat down to rest a bit. I woke up two hours later.

Needless to say I did not get a run in. Probably needless to say that my body needed rest despite my mind telling me otherwise. I feel much better now and yes, again, I have it all planned for tomorrow.

How do you feel when you miss a scheduled run?

I eat miles for breakfast, or occasionally for a snack later in the day. Self proclaimed 50+ and fabulous poster child, US Army vet, college professor, avid runner, yoga enthusiast, guest columnist, and I've used Olay since I was 17 so they should use me in at least one of their ads!

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  1. Ugh, I have BEEN THERE! Missing a scheduled run has been known to freak me out a bit, but it’s usually for a reason out of my control, so I try not to sweat it…too much.