This is how not to train

By Skip

So being “Mr. Confident” after my last two races I all of a sudden think I am invincible.  I didn’t get up early enough this morning to go running so I decided to do my run after work but BEFORE dinner.  I didn’t drink very much water throughout the day and I did not consume very many calories.  So I was NOT hydrated and malnourished…. Hey, I have a good idea, “let’s run a 10K to see how fast I can do it in!”

So I head out running a 7’00 pace… what was I thinking!  About half way through I thought I was going to die only realizing that I there was no shortcut back home… this was an “out and back.”

By the time I got back home I wanted to curl up in a little ball and go to bed.  Every part of my body was sore, I was exhausted and depleted of all energy.  Had dinner, watched TV and that was about it… I was done for the night!

What prompted all of this, you might ask?  Well, other than being over confident, I was about to register for the Cooper Bridge 10K that is next year in Charleston.  On the registration form it asks how fast you can run the race so they can put you in proper groupings…. I at least wanted to have an idea of what I could do.

Also, I had a little confusion with my equipment.  My iPhone / Nike+ application was way off compared to my Garmin!  The Garmin said I ran the 10K in 49:59 while the Nike+ app said I ran it in 51’34.  Since I never calibrated my Nike+ foot pod and the Garmin is running off of GPS instead of stride, I will believe the Garmin.

I now know what I can do and what I shouldn’t do!  Shame on me, I know better than to just jump into something like this… training, training, training!!!

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Filed in: 10K, Diet / Nutrition, Injury, Running • Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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