Yeah. Let’s just say that I never drink coffee. And 4 cups definitely had me wired. I think I’m detoxing now and it’s been almost 24 hours! Of course that hasn’t stopped me from drinking some Dr. Pepper with lunch…oh caffeine.
Anyhoo — the phrase of which reminds me of —
Thursday ended up being a great day. Long? Yes. It was 13 hours. But great regardless.
Like I said the caffeine was a HUGE buzz but calmed me down? I was strangely calm all throughout clinic. And it was a lottery night too. That’s literally how we pick our new patients: a lottery system. It’s a crazy system and it makes for a crazy night. Because people don’t like being turned away or losing the lottery. Understandably so.
But I was surprisingly calm during it. It was almost an out of body experience. Maybe the long run in the morning helped or maybe it was the 4 cups of coffee I had drunk. Like I was jittery and talking fast but I was not stressed. At all. Maybe that should be my strategy for all lottery night hahah.
Plus I discovered at lottery that my Spanish speaking skillzzzzz are NOT as bad as I think they are. I was able to actually have conversations with the patients (most of them don’t speak English) and they understood me and, once I asked them to slow down, I could understand them. It was such a nice feeling!
Not such a nice feeling? The way I woke up this morning. This is because I also got a flu shot yesterday, as it was free and we were doing them that day at the clinic. It’s the first one I’ve EVER had. I was going to go without but I figured since I’m working at a clinic I probably should get one. Blah. Now my arm is achey and when I got up this morning I felt like I had a fever and chills and my face was flush. I know I don’t have the flu but it feels like it and I’ve been told is normal.
I hope I feel 100% better by Monday with the race!
In light of that I opted to not run early this morning but I had set a tentative running date in the afternoon after work with a friend if I was feeling better. And by the time he got off of work I was (yay Fridays and short work days!). Since I knew that I felt sickly earlier in the day I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go or how fast. He had 12 “really easy” on tap (aka his easy is my easy-but-pushing-it pace) so I figured I’d tag along for however long I could.
- 1st loop: 10.6 miles @ 8:48
- 2nd loop 1.6 miles @ 7:23
- Total: 12.2 miles @ 8:35
And to think I was debating bailing out. And if I was truly sick I think I would have. But I knew that it was just the shot (plus the caffeine withdrawal) making me feel that way. And I’m surprised at how fast the first loop went. I know for a fact that I was DRAGGING my butt the first few miles and I even told my friend to go ahead without me and that I’d finish some sort of run on my own. But as my legs warmed up and my body took in the crisp fall day — 65* and sunny and little wind! — the pace naturally got faster and faster.
Duh: the last mile and a half or so was under 7:30! Whaaaaaaaaaaat? I’m pretty sure that my current PR 10k pace is 7:16. Now, I don’t want to jinx anything but I think that, provided nothing extreme happens between now and Monday, the race is going to be good. If I can pull of a 7:23 pace after running 10.6 miles then good things are possible. I mean, during Boston training I was always shooting for 7:15-7:30 for TEMPO. And that was hard. It felt effortless today.
Granted the effort exerted in a race versus an easy run is different but I’m still optimistic. Which makes me uneasy because I’m NEVER optimistic about a race. Not that I always think I’m going to fail but I never really go in with high expectations.
So I think it’ll be an interesting race.
Between now and then I’m planning on running but nothing double digits (well I don’t want to anyway. Hopefully I can hold myself to it 😉 ) and nothing fast. Today was spur of the moment and just what happened over the course of the run. If need be I’ll avoid running with others (especially my friend!). I tend to plod along on my own unless I have a specific goal in mind for a run.
But I’m not going to lie: it was AWESOME to run fast. Jess said it yesterday and I’ll say it today “I remembered how good it can feel to run fast…I decided I needed to run fast more often”. Of course it’s getting the motivation to push harder than comfortable. But good things happen when we expand that boundary.
And I’ll get another taste of it (hopefully sans vomit like the rest of this fall has been) on Monday.
While these two videos aren’t related to anything I’ve written about it made me laugh sooooooooo hard. I would wait until I’ve done a TM run this year but, with no gym membership and me always waiting forever to use one, I’d likely forget by that time came. Enjoy. And you have to wait until close to the end. The guy doesn’t miss a beat in the first one!
And if you want more. Just go to youtube. Because that’s what I’m doing. I don’t even want to know what that says about me as a person!