Run First, Train Later

I’m home on a Saturday night for two reasons. First, JD and I have a long run planned on a trail in the mountains, which means that 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning is ‘Go!’ time. Second, I’m exhausted and would not be much fun if I were out with friends.

The day started at 9:00 a.m. with apartment hunting, first weaving the streets of Cheeseman Park and Capitol Hill north and south by bike, then by car after my roommate’s bike literally started to fall apart. Luckily, that didn’t stop us. In fact, we found a few prospects right after the said incident. We may have a new place by tomorrow night. Fingers crossed!

11:30 a.m. Back at our apartment. 11:50 a.m. Off to lunch with another running gal pal, followed by shopping for some running shades.

3:00 p.m. Home for about five minutes, then off to do some shopping for new work clothes, new running shorts and tank tops, and picture frames. Home by 7:55 p.m., four shopping bags set on the floor in the living room, heavy breath sighed.

Potentially a new apartment, sunglasses, three shirts and a skirt for work, two new running tank tops. Check, check! It’s already been a solid 11-hour day, and I’m getting a bit tired. . . And, I still have to run.

8:19 p.m. I hit the start/stop button on my Garmin and head south on Logan toward 16th Avenue.

Luckily, I only had an easy three miles on the agenda. Three quick miles, no problem. And it wasn’t. But, it was more tiring than I expected. Go as slow as you want, this is an ‘easy’ three, plus you’ve got 18 coming up – including incline – tomorrow. Aaaaaand so slow – much more slowly than I expected – I went. Aaaaaand about midway through my run, I had an uneasy realization.

I ran late in the day – an easy five miles that time – the night before I fell on the trail. Please, please, PLEASE, history, don’t repeat yourself!

NOOOOOOO not again! Please!

NOOOOOOO not again!

I am such a stickler for never missing a workout, maybe too much. Did that five mile run two weeks and one night ago contribute to my fall the following morning? Should I not have run that five miles twelve hours before a tough trail run? More importantly, should I have run those easy three miles earlier tonight?

Life can get busy, even busy enough to sometimes get in the way of training. Where should runners draw the line to let a training run or two go? When should nearly literally running around all day count towards the day’s training run? Are you extra dedicated if you’re sure to fit every training run in no matter how busy life gets, or are you just a tad nuts to train after running all day?

11:26 p.m. Posting this blog entry, turning off the T.V. and lights, and trying to turn such thoughts off while turning in.

Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., a long-time road and trail runner, conducts child development research and works to influence child development policy at the University of Denver. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.

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