Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

They Can't All Be Great Runs

Today's run was the crappy kind of run I've been having so often lately, I've almost forgotten what it feels like to have a decent, satisfying run. I can accept the reality that I won't have great runs all the time, but it's so so hard to want to put myself through this misery day after day with no runner's high to reward my efforts. 

A little pre-run fuel this morning. MUCH better than a PB&J. Frosted mini wheats from the bulk bins at WinCo, half a banana and skim milk in glass bottles. Satisfying zero-waste breakfast for the win! 

Instead of running out my front door like I usually do, I decided to drive over to a neighborhood park for a change of scenery and to see if that change would help my run.
 The park was the polar opposite of my usual neighborhood route. It was super quiet, peaceful and serene even, like I was really out in nature. Until I passed an industrial warehouse along the path and heard the typical sounds of people starting their workday. 

Getting to the more isolated area of the park means that i have to run through this tunnel. I snapped a quick picture before running in but the picture on the left didn't turn out true to my reality. The picture on the right is how the tunnel looked as I was in the middle of it and wearing my sunglasses. It looks/feels like I'm about to be murdered up in here and no one will hear me scream. 

Four miles today at a 13:15 pace. I stopped about 6 times every.single.mile. I'm having some type of issue with a muscle in my leg i've never been aware of before, nor heard of anyone else having any trouble with it: 

 That Sartorius muscle right there is the one that's giving me trouble. On my long runs, the pain usually goes away after a few miles. But during a regular mid-week run when I'm only going a few miles, it hurts the entire time. I've been seeing a chiropractor who helps tremendously with my hips, but not that much with this muscle thing. 

After 4 miserable miles, I went home, did some half-hearted stretching and began my day. 

Post run fuel: Eggs over easy on a toasted corn tortilla with salsa, pico de gallo, queso fresco, beans and avocado. It was delicious...kinda like a no-fork -necessary version of huevos rancheros. SO GOOD and all zero-waste ingredients.

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