Monday, May 25, 2009

Calm. Focused. Determined.

I don't know what prompted it, but at some point late this morning, I looked in the mirror and said to myself, "T, you need to get your shit together. You need to quit procrastinating on this tri training and just freaking DO IT. I know you're not as motivated as Brandon right now, but who cares. Train and the motivation will follow."

I came out to my computer and wrote a poem/mission statement-type thing and then went out for a run.

It's a humid, overcast day here in Colorado; a rarity for us and, given that it's slightly drizzly as well, a day that normally I'd say "eh, I'll go to the gym later" and then probably not end up going because that's the way I work sometimes.

But today, I ran. It was a little chilly, but I felt better for going. I planned my route to have two decent-sized hills in it - the hillier part of that 1.35 mile loop and then this bitch of a trail hill that I'll undoubtedly have to face in the Lone Tree Firecracker 5K on July 4th. I had to walk a bit on the trail hill to regain my breathing, but also because I had some pain/discomfort in my abdomen. As I got to the top of the hill (2.34 miles in) ... I realized what it was.

I had to poop. Badly.

I walked the remainder home (the last .57 mi) and barely made it. Still, what I ran I did in 24:20 for a 10:23.93 mile. Not great, but given that it's the first time I've really run since the Rockies race (done a few sprint workouts, but that's it), I'll gladly take it.

Perhaps something more tonight when Brandonpants gets home, but for now, I'm content with what I did and hungry for more.


Anonymous said...

You talk about poop a lot. It's kind of gross.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Good for you for getting out there on a day it would be easy to skip!

Dr. J said...

Training for the Tri can be tough! I hope it gets easier. Maybe some "fun" cross training would help?

Miz said...

the three words in the title are ones Im pretty good with in my world of work but NOT AT ALL when it comes to any kind of competition.

Im in awe that youve even decided to do the TRI.

and I dont mind if you talk about poop all the time :)

Im just sayin'

Brandon said...

Miz, what people don't understand is that bodily functions are a normal and sometimes unfortunate part of exercise. They are real! Deal with it people!

Tony the Tiger said...

What's unfortunate is broadcasting it to everyone on the internet. Children talk about poop, serious athletes do not.

tokaiangel said...

Ahhh the only reason I never run road races... when I need to poop I need to go right away!

More poop talk please.

GO WITH THE TRI! You're so much braver than me :0)

TA x

neversaydiet said...

oh, that feeling is the WORST! Especially when it hits in the middle of a great workout~