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Sunday, September 13, 2009

In a Fog


I think fog is beautiful. It's both mystical and frightening. It shows up in scary and romantic movies alike. I even recently read a fascinating article all about fog in London.

Fog, however, is not conducive to many forms of transporation. Driving in fog is dangerous. Flying in fog can be deadly. But what about running in fog? Well, as I discovered yesterday, I believe it needs to be added to the list of things you shouldn't do.

No, I didn't trip over anything or run out in unseen traffic. Don't worry. When I left the house around 8:30 on Saturday morning the fog was hovering around the tops of the taller buildings. But, when there is fog you know there is humidity. On top of taking a week off of running (due to illness, schedules, and, yes, lack of motivation) I should have known the run wouldn't go so well.

Do you ever hit a period of running where every run is horrible? You arrive at your finish point demoralized, dripping, and disgusted? I feel as though every run I've had for the past few months has left me feeling this way.

Yesterday I didn't even make it to the 2 mile mark before I had to walk. And then I spent most of the last mile walking, too. I eventually gave up, disgusted with myself, and stopped my Garmin when I was still at least a quarter mile from home. And then I just walked the rest of the way. I was dripping sweat, my hands felt sticky, and I was just exhausted. And I wasn't even running fast.

I know I can blame most of this crappy run on the humidity and the fact that I'm coming off the tail end of my cold. I know that I really screwed up my schedule with all these gym classes. But that doesn't explain the lack of really good runs in recent memory.

I've been contemplating looking for a running coach. I feel like I've hit a plateau in my running and that I need an external source to push me to the next level. My ultimate goals are to get my half marathon time under 2 hours. It can be 1:59:59 for all I care. But that requires me to get quite a bit faster. I don't know if I can do it on my own. So, if anyone knows a good running coach in the Chicago area who takes on private clients, let me know!


Route:--Elev. Avg:627 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:09/12/09Up/Downhill: [+114/-114]
Time:08:31 AMDifficulty:2.0 / 5.0
 65 F temp; 100% humidity
 65 F heat index; winds Calm

Distance: 4.68 miles
Speed:5.5 mph
Pace:10' 59 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
110' 15-0' 445.8+0.4+4 ft
210' 45-0' 145.6+0.1+10 ft
311' 01+0' 025.4-0.0-4 ft
410' 39-0' 205.6+0.2-7 ft
end13' 09+2' 104.6-0.9-3 ft
Versus average of 10' 59 min/mile

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Bayjb said...

Talking to a running coach might not hurt, just to get some thoughts on feeling good about your run again. I love fog, in our building it's a little scary when we are in the fog but it's still nice.

kristen said...

I don't know anything about the Chicago area, but I can vouch for hiring a runnning coach. It works. Sorry your in a running fog. I hope you snap out of it soon.

Holly said...

It definitely takes me awhile after being sick to "bounce back," so I wouldn't beat yourself up too much! Although, I think a running coach would definitely be beneficial. Not just to improve your time, but form (something tells me I would benefit from a coach, too, since I keep getting all these blasted injuries!).

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