Marathon training is in full swing and my long runs are now officially above 15 miles…yikes! When you are running that many miles, you (well at least I) are on the road for a long time, so today I thought I would share some observations from my latest training run.
You completely lose the ability to do math.
I’m not talking calculus here, not even algebra. Any run over 12 miles renders me unable to do even the simplest arithmetic. It usually goes something like this: Ok, so I’m 12 miles in. I need to do fifteen total so if I run out 1.5 miles and back then I will be at 15…but wait, I’m not at the car so I really need to run out 1.3 miles and back and then I will be almost to the car….or is it 1.7 miles and back? Wait a minute…where am I again? Needless to say, I am always either over my planned mileage and irritated, or under my mileage and am forced to walk circles around the parking lot because lets face it….the Garmin must say 15.0!
Everything starts to seem hilarious
I was lucky enough to have a couple of friends help me out with my 15 miler this past week and 13 miles in, we were struggling. We had passed a tree that had blue, pink, and purple berries on it. I made a comment about how I thought the berries were pretty….apparently that was hilarious. My friends started to laugh and soon I couldn’t stop laughing either….the delirium had set in.
Everyone starts to look miserable
At 6:00am, runners are happy, smiling, and waving at each other, but by 10:00am runners have a grimace on their face and a look of exhaustion. You begin to think why do they look so miserable, only to realize that you look just like them…because you are all in the same boat. 4 hours of running is not kind to anyone…marathon training sucks!
Things I have seen recently while running in my neighborhood:
A lady putting on lipstick….seriously?! It can’t wait until you get to the office?
A woman texting on the phone….its 6:00am….who do you have to talk to?
A man driving down the street while turned around dealing with his child. I get that children need attention, but they are going to need even more attention when you crash the car because you just spent the last 45 seconds looking into the back seat….seriously, both of his hands were off the wheel.
A man steering with his elbow while plugging his phone into the charger….once again, its 6:00am. Why didn’t you charge it overnight?
And then there is always this!
The best thing about a long run though, is when your friend shows up at the finish with donuts!
Whats the strangest thing you have ever seen?
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has trouble with math!