You know the old saying. If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail. Well, yesterday I had a MAJOR running #FAIL and I wanted to share with you so that you wouldn’t do the same things I did. So, I decided Sunday night that Monday morning I wanted to drive to the beach for a 5-6 mile solo run. Simple enough right? HA! Saying that is simple enough is the same as someone saying “running is a cheap hobby, all you need are shoes.” bahaha! Here are a list of the things I failed on, and how you can avoid them:
Weather: It has been cool here in the mornings the past week or so (upper 50’s low 60’s) so I didn’t even BOTHER looking at the weather to see what I was getting myself into for this run. I just took off, driving towards the beach, figuring it would be “cool enough.” WRONG. It was in the low 70’s when I started and upper 70’s by the time I finished. It was QUITE warm and very very sunny, not a cloud in the sky! This leads me to my next point…
Time: I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the time I left either. I sat around checking emails, drinking coffee, and eating breakfast. I took my sweet time getting dressed, playing with my attention whore dogs, and driving down to the beach. By the time I got out of my car, it was 9:00. Ouch. The sun was rising in the sky (right in my face, of course) and it was already way warmer than I would like for the beginning of a run. A little better planning and I easily could have gotten out there by 8.
Clothing: I grabbed a running skirt out of my closet (surprise) and the closest matching top that I could find and it happened to be black. Of course, since I had not checked the weather to know it was already warm out, so it never crossed my mind that a heat-drawing black shirt could make my run even warmer. I did think to grab sunglasses, but a hat would have been nice, too.
Fuel: While I did think to bring a GU and water, I didn’t think to actually DRINK vey much before the run. I had a cup of coffee at home and a few sips of water, but that’s it. I thought stopping at my car around mile 3 for my GU and some water would be enough to “get me by,” but by the time I hit mile 4 I was wishing I had taken my water bottle with me on the run. (There’s that checking the weather thing again…) Also, I had a protein bar for breakfast but it may not have been quite enough for me to get through the run.
Awareness: I actually dodged a bullet on this one. I found out when I got home, that just couple of miles form where I was running, a lady running was kidnapped at 9:00. I was running at 9:00, and it easily could have been me! Yes there were other people around when I was running, but I can sadly say I really wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention to my surroundings. I was struggling on my run, so I was just thinking about how hot and tired I was. How scary! As far as I know, they have not found her yet.
I ended up running 5.5 miles, and was very happy to be done. I knew that it would maybe be my last chance to get in a run before Rock N Roll St. Louis this weekend (I will hopefully be able to get in a short run Wednesday or Thursday in St. Louis)
QOTD: Have you ever failed to plan for a run or for something else? What happened?