You might feel like it will, but it won’t. Apparently you’ll pass out first. Or be forced by your burning muscles and creaky knee to stop. Oh our bodies and the ways they remind us we’re getting older…
This month is the second time I will be linking up with Amanda of The Lady Okie for the monthly Runners Tell All linkup. This month the prompt was to share a bad race or training experience, and what you learned from it. Amanda’s story is pretty priceless (hint: it involves poop).
Mine is nothing near so dramatic (thankfully!). Alyson of Starting Over at the Dirty Thirty shared her battle with her IT Band, which is something to which I can relate. I experienced the same annoying setback and pain the first time I trained for a half marathon. It wasn’t pretty.
But as for a bad race or training experience, I’d have to say I haven’t really had one. Not because I’m super human perfect or anything, I assure you! More because I haven’t in fact run in too many races. So, I haven’t really trained for anything. Now that’s not entirely true… I did train for that half marathon I already mentioned. But that was for a personal goal – I never even entered an event (how crazy am I???). My other race experience was the Run For Your Lives zombie run outside of Atlanta in 2012. That was fun, but a HUGE rainstorm had passed through the area the night before, turning the outside course into pure mud. It took me an hour and a half to complete a 5k. Yep, you read that correctly. And I was in the middle of the pack (and no, I didn’t “survive”). That was an experience. I entered a 10k race in Melbourne, Australia as well. But, due to that pesky IT Band and a rather grumpy hip pinch, I forfeited my entry. I did go 10k that day, but mostly because I covered a lot of ground walking from brunch to the park to the bar to another bar… you get the idea. Sunday Funday, no racing involved.
I do have another event coming up (a real one). I will be running a half marathon in Napa and Sonoma Valleys (as you may have heard me mention before). This time, I am following a proper training plan. Making sure to keep my quads, calves and IT Band loosey-goosey, and crossing my fingers there won’t be a massive storm on race day. So you could say I learned from past mistakes, although I still have no control over the weather. Working on that one.