|He's so lucky to have me as a wife.|
I woke up extra special early so I could run before work (even though I had to be at work earlier than usual, go me!). Luckily the run gods provided me with a monsoon-free window in which to run. I set out to do my usual 3 mile loop. About half a mile in I knew something was wrong. I had been running at what I thought was a tough effort. When I looked at my Garmin and saw I was on pace for a 12 minute mile I was shocked. After a mile my legs were lead and did not want to move. I suffered through another 0.9mile before calling it and walking the rest of the way.
Ok, so I had a bad run. It happens. What really pisses me off is why I had a bad run. Basically I let some stupid posts on a stupid internet forum get in my head. I stumbled upon this forum via Twitter and started reading it. Basically the posters critique popular running bloggers. In the end it is kind of ridiculous. A bunch of people hiding behind their computers reading blogs that I happen to enjoy just to go to another site and rip them apart. It is the total antithesis of the supportive running community that I am trying to be a part of.
In one thread they were ripping on people who carry water with them on runs, especially short runs. I personally carry water on every single run. Who the F cares? Why do I care? It doesn't make me less of a runner. I hydrate well during the day. But if I want to take water with me then I am going to do it.
Another thread discussed people who stop their Garmins in the middle of a run. This I am guilty of. I am aware that the clock doesn't stop on race day and I am padding my splits by pausing my watch during my walking breaks. So I am going to try to get better with this. Also maybe try not to take so many walk breaks. I really need to work on my overall fitness. And my mental game. I have to be able to get past the temptation of stopping when I get the slightest bit tired.
In the end I am going to avoid the negative sites and continue reading the blogs that inspire me. Yes, they pretty much all run farther and faster then me. But I find them inspiring and they make me want to run. And in the end I run for me and no one else.