Today’s run (street): 3.5 miles
After spending an hour catching up on email, I geared up and headed outside to do my usual loop. I struggled initially, but started gaining strength near the end of my first mile. I thought I was in for a decent run but, like clockwork, my phone began to ring. I fished it out of my SPIbelt and saw it was a call I needed to take.
I work for a media organization and the caller was the Editor and Chief. She loves to call me while she’s driving into the office because she knows I’m at home on Fridays. I always tease her about sabotaging my running routine. She offered to wait for me to call her back, but we usually cover things quickly and I figured I’d be done and running again in few minutes. Yesterday the conversation went longer. Much longer. I stood on the corner of a random road in my high visibility running clothes, talking on my phone and nodding to my neighbors as they walked by.
Once that was done, I saw that my window of opportunity had slammed shut. I made my way back home as fast as possible to ensure that I’d be showered and ready for my first meeting. I ended up 50% short of my targeted distance and felt so guilty that I did an elliptical session after I’d finished my work day.
This morning I had an early dental checkup and didn’t feel like going for a run at the crack of dawn. I made the poor decision to have lunch rather than do a late morning run. I finally got out around 2:00 PM. It had been chilly in the morning and I neglected to check the weather before I dressed for my run. I wore track pants and a long sleeve shirt, too much clothing for the 52° conditions that I encountered.
Worse than the heat was running so soon after lunch. I quickly realized that I hadn’t given myself enough rest time. I developed a cramp after about 15 minutes and tried to remember what I’d read in Runners World about dealing with them. Nothing came to mind, but I wasn’t going to cut another run short. I took down the pace and pressed on. Eventually the cramping went away.
Things didn’t get much better after that, but I finally got through it. I felt ready to hit the sack when I got home but recovered well after a quick shower. I hope today’s experience was due only to bad timing and bad decisions. I plan to go out for more distance tomorrow and I will do my best to keep cramping off the menu.