Wasted Saturday

I don’t mean like totally wasted, OMG let’s go streaking through the quad! (That was last weekend in Vegas. Minus the streaking.)

Nope, I mean squandered.

I had big plans, y’all. With the day off of work, I’d envisioned a lovely long run in the (not-too-early) morning, followed by an afternoon of leisurely errand-running or cookie-making or whatever sounded good. It would be the sort of day that blended productivity and relaxation in perfect proportions, causing me to sigh happily as I ate my (home-cooked) dinner and reflect on its loveliness.

So smug about this vision, I was, that I deliberately un-set my alarm as I went to bed on Friday night. Surely I would wake up naturally the next morning, fully rested and ready to go, at an appropriate time.

What actually happened was as follows.

At 7:25 AM, I awoke groggily, stirred by the sound of a kitty tongue methodically licking a plastic bag. (If you’re unfamiliar with this sound, consider yourself blessed.)

After finding the culprit and disposing of her slobbery prize, I checked my phone’s weather app.

Apparently my city was the bizarre calm spot in the center of a massive ring of rainy and stormy weather; surrounded on all sides by torrential rain.

You should go running now…like NOW, I told myself. A peek through the blinds confirmed that it was indeed dry outside. Obviously I had a window of opportunity here.

I shut the blinds and went back to sleep.

It was almost 10:30 by the time I dragged myself out of bed. Coffee brewing and bread in the toaster. The skies were still calm and gray.

I’m going to go running just as soon as I digest this toast, I vowed.

Noon came. It occurred to me that all of the people who had done their long runs in the morning were home and showered and enjoying a nice lunch right now. I poured another cup of coffee.

As the minutes ticked by, the run became the elephant in the room. Every half hour or so I glanced outside, half hoping to see a dangerous lightning-laced downpour so that I could finally just address this damn 18-mile run I’d planned and responsibly conclude that it was better to call it off.

But the sidewalks stayed dry.

The great thing about winter running is that, with nice cool weather, you can procrastinate your long run until mid-day if you want to. But the crappy thing about winter running is that at some point, you bump up against the early-setting sun.

So finally, around 2 PM, I decided I’d run out of excuses. I was quickly going to run out of daylight. I got my ass in gear. Naturally, as I was driving to the trailhead, it started raining.

I had the American Tobacco Trail all to myself…which isn’t surprising given the conditions, I suppose. Who the hell wants to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon running?

I’d planned to do 18 miles with a few miles at goal marathon pace, but I wasn’t feeling it today, so I just cruised easy. The gravel trail was waterlogged, making it very soft and soggy, which wouldn’t have made for a good pace workout anyway. And it would have been challenging to get going fast in these clodhoppers:

I got this pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTX last fall as a work freebie, but had never run in them until today. It’s basically the regular Adrenaline but with a Gore-Tex upper and a slightly burlier tread.

Overall, it’s not a bad shoe, but it’s definitely heavier and stiffer than what I’m used to. (The women’s Gore-Tex Adrenaline weighs in at 10.7 ounces, versus 9.4 for the regular version – and I usually run in the 9-ounce Ravenna or 7.5-ounce PureFlow.)

I will say that my toes stayed nice and dry, though! If I lived somewhere where I needed to slog though cold slush and snow on a regular basis, it would be a great shoe. (Brooks also makes a Gore-Tex version of the neutral Ghost.)

Anyway. 18 miles got done, and even though I bagged the tempo portion, my overall pace was right where I wanted it to be. I’m (optimistically) calling goal marathon pace 7:45 this time around, so 8:45 (60 seconds per mile slower) is just about perfect for a long run.

By the time I was pulling out of the park gates, the afternoon had ceded to a drizzly dusk. By the time I got home and showered, it was almost time for Jeopardy. This run pretty much dominated my day.

And that home-cooked dinner? It took the form of Ling-Lings’s Chicken & Vegetable Potstickers, fresh out of the freezer.

A Saturday wasted? Yep, pretty much.

At least the rain has stopped. If anyone wants to go streaking….

21 responses to “Wasted Saturday

  1. That doesn’t sound like too much of a wasted day to me! So, not everything went as planned. It still seems like a pretty great day :)

  2. Wasted? Nah! That is pretty much everyday for me right now (took 3 weeks off between jobs) and I am loving it!

  3. It doesn’t sound wasted. You still had a relaxing morning and was able to watch Jeopardy. Score!

  4. At least you got out there. And 18 miles in cold rain is no joke. I haven’t run outside since it got cold here. Maybe this afternoon??? It’s supposed to warm up a bit.

  5. I’ve had days that started out similarly, but they never ended with me actually DOING the 18 miles. Way to go, you bad bitch!

    Also: A BLOW TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD IS THE PUNCH NAMED FOR THIS ANIMAL.

  6. Any day that includes an 18 mile run is not wasted. Period.
    Also: how do you like the pure flows? I wear ravennas but have been tempted to try the pure line–mostly because they look so damn cool!

    • I love my PureFlows! I’ve been wearing them for about half of my mileage these last few weeks and they’re holding up great.

  7. I only had 3 miles on my agenda for yesterday and I still succeeded in wasting my window of opportunity. Sweet. I totally hear where you are coming from with this.

  8. I think it’s totally acceptable 18 miles dominated your whole day. It’s a lot more than what most people do on a Saturday… or in my case, on a Sunday…

  9. 18 miles is far more than I did, and that includes extreme dusting. PS your MS Paint of the radar map is kind of amazing.

  10. Wasted?! No. You ran 18 miles in the rain instead of not in the rain. Doesn’t that count as some kind of extra mental conditioning? (I tell myself it does. Because if you run in ugly conditions all through marathon training and then happen to wake up on a marathon day to ugly conditions, you will be ready for them. And if you run in ugly conditions all through training and wake up on marathon day to find spectacular conditions, the marathon will feel much easier than the cumulative effect of training in ugly conditions.) Also, gore-tex ghosts? Good to know.

    And, those scrumptious Ling Ling potstickers boot my home-cooked dinners out of the park any night of the week. I could truly eat them every day.

  11. I am preparing for this kind of day right now. 15 mile on the agenda, but there is a freezing rain advisory until tonight…I have already talked myself out of today’s run and doing it tomorrow instead, but really should just get it done…

  12. Regarding Gore-Tex shoes, they’re great until any water gets in them, and then it doesn’t get back out. Hello, wrinkly toes…

    I think the Ravennas might be my next road shoe. Or maybe the Pure Cadence. Anything that’s not the Saucony Kinvara would be a step up.

    I wish I had TV so I could watch Jeopardy.

    • Yeah, they’re excellent for splashing through puddles but not so much for a full-on stream crossing or downpour, I imagine!

  13. not totally wasted, you ran 18 miles! And watched Jeopardy. My mom and sister are really good at Jeopardy and always make me feel extremely inadequate.

    I wonder if those adrenaline’s would be good in snow too? Though I’m hoping the snow we just got in NYC will not repeat itself too much this winter…

  14. I know how you feel about wasted, even though it appears to be a great day…if it didn’t go according to plan then it just seems wasted.
    However I think you had a great run! I loveeee trail shoes because I run slippery trails and they keep me from falling, but the downside is definitely their weight…I always think about them as weight training, because my race shoes a significantly lighter! :)
    I hope you’re having a great Sunday!
    xoxo!

  15. Hey, at least you go yourself out there to run! If I don’t get outside as soon as I’m up my weekends turn out like that…the never ending excuse making followed by a begrudged run. Although the run usually turns out to be the best part of my day – once I get outside!

  16. this is how every weekend is hoped to be spent, “the sort of day that blended productivity and relaxation in perfect proportions,” and then i end up crashing into the couch for a marathon catch up on blogs session and the day disappears. props to you for knocking out 19 miles and yet considering it a wasted day! i’ve never moved my body for more than five, i’d guess. so i’m impressed.

  17. I was SO disappointed that the weather out here didn’t materialize into those thunderstorms they were promising! I think in retrospect, its a good thing since you got to run without lightning in the air. 😉

  18. I just got these shoes for Christmas!! I was thinking they were trail shoes, but I guess I am wrong! Multi-purpose shoe :) glad to know they work well on the roads too.