Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Friday, January 29, 2016

Lessons Learned and Repeated

"Never shop on an empty stomach." Yeah, I know that. Everybody knows that. And yet there I was at Lazy Acres market, pushing my cart up and down the aisles totally starving. As soon as I caught myself drooling over the russet potatoes, I knew it was hopeless. Now I'm going to have to figure out how to feed potatoes to the Puff this weekend. 
I may have lingered at the free samples station a little longer than what is acceptable in polite society. I know this because  the line behind me was getting riotous impolite. 
I brought my tins and muslin bags with me to the store for the meat and produce as usual but I couldn't resist the hot prepared foods station and ended up using disposables to purchase more hot food than I could afford eat in one sitting. Lesson learned (but repeated often anyway).
One positive thing about this trip is that the grapes were available for purchase loose (no plastic bag to throw away). I filled up my bag--which is a lingerie bag I got for free when I purchased a Moving Comfort bra--and ate them all on the way home. Grapes and berries are hardly ever sold loose like this except at the farmers market. Now that I'm studying this picture though, I think these baskets may have been intended as purely ornamental. Oops. 
And as long as I'm in confession mode, I also got a plastic straw the other night when I met BD at Stacked to pick up the Puff. I carry my own reusable glass straw but the waitress brought this one already in my drink before I could say "No Straw, please." Total rookie mistake.
I'm not doing much better with my running either. I'm having one of those awful run streaks, slogging through my runs this week. I have hated every step taken.

It shows in my pace and I don't even care. Running hurts my calves and my sciatica and I'm getting slower instead of faster and I don't know why I even care about running right now. Yep, I'm having one of those weeks.

Becky at Ok, so here's the plan blogged about having a great run today after several bad ones. I love reading about other runners' challenges and triumphs because they give me hope and motivation. So that's the only reason I went out again tonight.

And I had a terrible run again and it was slow and I hated every step. My calves were tight and they hurt so bad and I stopped like every 10 feet to stretch them out. I grabbed onto the nearest light post for balance so I could stretch my calves like this:
But I felt like a total idiot stopping and hugging every light pole and telephone post to stretch out my calf because from any angle it just looked like I'm hugging on a post all creeper-ish, like this:

Deep down though I know that a great run is going to get here soon, I just have to keep putting in the miles and be patient. In the meantime, I need to keep it honest.

Have you had a never-ending streak of bad runs? What was the longest?
I just remembered my last 6 mile run on Sunday (5 days ago) felt really good. How quickly I forget...


  1. Oh my god! This happens to me very often!!

    I'm sorry, but the part where you were craving raw russet potatoes made me laugh! That has happened to me.... except I also craved the giant block of cheese!

    I had a bad running week last week... after running 14 miles, my legs were just tired, and I didn't want to think about running at all.

    You carry your own straw??! Wow !! I'm feeling very inspired by your environmental awareness! Way to go!!

    1. 14 miles is a solid week! I hope we're both back in the upswing soon!

  2. I am impressed by your passion to be environmentally conscious. I hear you about having many bad runs in a row. I am feeling the same way lately. Hopefully it will improve for both of us soon

    1. It's just a matter of time until it comes back our way. :) Good luck to both of us!

  3. We've all been there (not that it makes it any easier for you). I was re-reading some old blogs of mine last night and came across a post from July. I had also had a bad week, full of continuous bad runs. I decided to just take several days off because I had a race coming up. Race day arrives, and it's pouring rain and I'm not in the most optimistic frame of mind. But, the race went well, giving me a PR and some hardware for my efforts. I think my body was just exhausted and needed that brief sabbatical. You know you're capable of food runs, just take a breath and envision the next great run. It will happen when it's meant to happen ;-)

  4. I hate running slumps! It is always good to think about the fact that it can't go on forever. I don't know if you listen to any podcasts, but this one was really good about embracing bad runs: http://runnersconnect.net/running-interviews/tom-foreman/

    Hope you get a good run in soon!

    1. Thanks for the podcast suggestion. I do listen to podcasts but never thought to look up any running-related ones! Very cool!