Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crappy...wind, run, mood, etc.

I'm not in a good place right now.  I was totally bummed that the forecast that said clouds in the morning, sun in the afternoon and upper 50's failed to mention that the sun would only peek through for a few minutes (which I apparently slept through), 52° would be the high and there would be 20+ mph winds to make this NOT a bike day.  Then, I just was feeling very BLAH all day.  My daughter wasn't keen on me leaving her home with her brother, but I caught a break when my mother-in-law came over for a little bit this afternoon and I could get out of the house.  I had taken a short nap after head bobbing through a chapter of a book.  But I headed out just after 4:00 into a super cloudy afternoon that felt much colder than my home thermometer indicated.

I decided to do the route that I usually do if I want to be sure to get in at least 5K.  But by the turn around point I had something happen that I hadn't really had for a while....SHIN PAIN!  Like really crappy pain.  I was just thinking the other day how happy I was not to have this so much anymore.  But it was freakin awful!  I walked a lot more of the way home than I did the way there.  And of course, then I was fighting hips and hamstrings and knees as I'm sure I had nothing that looked like "form" after the shin pain kicked my butt.

It took me 50 minutes to do 3.5 miles.  I had new music that I downloaded yesterday so I didn't have to listen to the same old stuff.  Last night I was actually....gasp!....looking forward to going.  But it was a suckfest.  Running into the wind for about a third of it didn't help.  Having raging PMS probably didn't help either.  So instead of coming home on a "runner's high" - I want to shower and crawl into bed.  Blech!  I'll try to find a sunnier self tomorrow.


  1. I'd say the raging PMS is a bigger factor in the misery of your day than the weather ;-) just speaking from personal experience, of course!

    Hope you're feeling good again soon :)

  2. I know how you feel. I have had many a day like the one you described. Today will be a better day!

  3. There are many days ahead. The crappy ones don't matter in the big picture.

  4. I hate those runs that feel so lousy, but I guess they make us appreciate the better ones. Plus, even as much as weather, family, and hormones fought against you, you got out there for almost an hour. That's pretty awesome.

    As far as starting trail riding, I'd start easy. And make sure you have the right bike for it. Binder Lake has some awesome MTB trails, but I don't see them as starter trails--at least, not for me! I rode there in Aug and did ok but was white knuckling the whole time. Also, try and hook up with a bike club or some people who mountain bike. You learn waaaay more riding with more skilled people. And lots of people are more than willing to take out someone new bc they remember someone doing that for them.

    As far as orienteering, our Alpine Shop sometimes hosts orienteering classes. You might check with the one in Columbia. I read a good book on it (basic illustrated map and compass), and a friend tool me out and kind of mentored me, then my husband (who's a surveyor and waaay better at using a map) did a few meets with me. Clearly, I still need more work. :)