Saturday, May 19, 2012

Nuggets of wisdom from today's longass run

Today I did my longest ever training run. To simulate the mental beatdown that 100 miles might be, I made it a 3 loop course. To simulate as much as possible the terrain that I might find at Vermont, I made that course include Turkey Creek at Umstead. Here are today's lessons learned/weirdo epiphanies:

  • If you're going to be running 42 miles, and some sizeable chunk of it solo, it would be best to expose yourself to a variety of musical options in the week preceding the run.  While I do like Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," 28 or so miles of the chorus was a bit much.

  • Now you, too, can sing this for 42 miles!

    ...or this may have a more lasting effect

  • Fresh socks make you feel like a new person.  For a while, anyway.

  • I thought I was really clever when I came up with the idea that I was doing a triathlon, complete with transition zones, except all the events were 'run'.  I'm still mildly amused by it (enough to include it here), but it is not 'really clever'.

  • The promise of cantaloupe is very motivational.

  • doesn't this make you want to take on the world??

  • I forgot to put body glide somewhere.  Much sadness.

  • Vespa is still awesome.

  • Shannon is also awesome.

I'm sure there were other things, but I have probably blocked them out with the memory of the pain (okay - it wasn't really that bad, but I think repeated loops caused me to save over some memories from previous loops).

Thanks for indulging this silliness!


Scott Lynch said...

You're wrong. It was clever. :-)

(Mary) Shannon Johnstone said...

Karen! You ROCK! Such good lessons. The triathlon idea is quite clever... You are doing such good training, and are already more prepared for this than I was for mine. Thank you for the excellent long run and sorry about miscalculating the 3rd lap time, and missing seeing you finish.

Karen said...

Haha! Thanks to both of you! Shannon - seeing a cute little tupperware of cantaloupe on my car was almost as good as seeing you <3