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Why I Hate Running II

Saturday morning I was a little late getting started because of the rib pain from my crash two weeks ago, kept me up for a few hours the night before. I usually have a cup of coffee around 5:30 or 6 am while reading my email and LIKING my friends accomplishments from the night before. Without coffee, I probably would be like, whatever.

The lack of caffeine can ruin a whole freakin' morning in a matter of minutes! It's one of the reasons I hate running life.

It was my 12 mile run training day and I wasn't off to a good start. I enjoyed a few minutes of social media and then I thought about getting dressed to run. I feel sort of weird waking up and running our the door; my bed was so comfortable and warm.

Now it was time to wait for my digestive system to work its magic. It didn't happen.

In fact, a sunny, beautiful, and crisp running day was slipping away. IBD was about to rob me of another run. It made me angry. It took an entire year of marathons from me in 2016. I managed to pull it together in 2017 when I ran Berlin.

Now registered for London ** in April, I need to get out there and get the hard work of training done.

Saturday turned into a joyful array of family and friends to celebrate my wife's birthday with lunch. Then there was the romantic dinner at a local steakhouse. Yes, there was chocolate. It was a  fun filled day!

In the back of my mind, this training run began to stress me out. I already lost 9 weeks with a broken leg and another week after my fall two weeks ago.

Sunday we got up early, had life-giving coffee, and got our weekly grocery shopping done. I prepped an easy-bake lunch (no, I don't have an Easy Bake Oven), and Ruth and I headed out the door. We had a two hour window before the next event. I made a pit stop before heading out.

It was then I noticed trouble on the horizon. Ah well.

I fiddled with my running app on the way downstairs, slipping on my Smartphone arm holder. Arm holder sounds like I have a prosthetic arm, but arm band sounds like I am a terrorist - but I digress.

Ruth and I opened the front door and got a blast to the cool, crisp air that gave my nipples an appreciation for their female counterparts. Together, we headed down our familiar route on the Boston Marathon course. This morning I couldn't remember how the heck to start. It was one foot in front of the other.

Making our way down the sidewalk, it was a an obstacle course dodging patches of slush and ice.

It was cold, and my shin started with this weird pain. I made a mental round of all my joints to see how things were. Too many to count, so I decided to focus on the run. Then my shorts started creeping up. Due the low levels of caffeine, I guess I didn't properly situate them after my pit stop.

I turned and smiled at Ruth while I dug out a world class wedgie.

With about a mile or so to go, I just wanted to get home and log my efforts because my MFP friends will think I am awesome for not dying.

I hate running, I thought. We trudged on.

Somewhere in the last few miles I began to think about how inviting the bathroom was going to be when I got in the door. Thinking about it, I might change my weigh in day to right after the run...

At four miles, Ruth left me to finish solo. 

I headed towards Boston for another mile and a half, and turned around.  Six isn't twelve, but it is better than zero. As I slowed to a walk a block from my house, the endorphins starting talking to me. I felt pretty good.

Monday Ruth and I went and ran three miles next to the ocean. The salt air, the sound of seagulls instead of trains and cars, along with a bit of sunshine made me love running again.

Thanks for your votes and comments!

** I am running London for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, strong supporters of IBD research.

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marlown wrote 55 months ago:
Always entertaining. And real! Thanks (I think:)) for sharing your "journey"...
PAnn1 wrote 54 months ago:
I always enjoy your blogs and what I think I love the most is the support and partnership that you and your wife have. Best wishes on the London run!
LillyAKAChubbyUnicorn6456 wrote 54 months ago:
"because my MFP friends will think I am awesome for not dying."

Yes, I think you are awesome for not dying. I am soooo relieved to see that someone else has a love/hate thing going with running. LOL! Thank you for the giggles (sorry for your pain).
brandiuntz wrote 54 months ago:
I feel better. What was supposed to be an 18 mile training run over the weekend ended at 9 miles. Just wasn't feeling it. Still got 9 miles done. Thank you for the reminder and laugh.
mittenswillet wrote 54 months ago:
my goodness...your like a walking trainwreck, everytime I randomly read one of yr blogs you've brocken something, or ran into something, or got run over by something...LOLZ
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