I'm a classic screw up... usually every day in life...
& today is a Free Day on the Friday Five - we get to pick our own topic.
I screwed up ... AGAIN... yesterday so I figured my topic this week would be good at 5 things I've screwed up on working out, training, all that jazz...
1. Didn't Check Calendar
So yeah - I registered so happily yesterday for the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon ... excited because it would be my 6th time running this race. I had a goal ahead & went through my day giddy that I had something to train for in plenty of time... & then I am working out & it hits me. I have a wedding scheduled for the same day. I ran upstairs & looked through my post it notes - because I don't have a 2015 calendar yet. (Note to self - GET A 2015 CALEDNAR ASAP!!!) ... yep - same day. I just lost $65. Down the drain. & I'm missing my favorite race. I'm stupid. & poorer.
2. Didn't take water with me
I hate when I go out on a run & think, Na... I don't need any water. It's not that hot. Only to know when I take the first 20 steps, I'm dying. Even more so because I KNOW I don't have water with me, instantly making me even more thirsty.
3. Forgot to charge my iPod
I always say I can't move without music. So why didn't I check my iPod the night before a half marathon? The Hubs ran it with me, but I still keep music on low when he's with me. I NEED MY MUSIC! ... I get to the start line & turn it on, to see a drained battery. NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I swear, I almost said, "forget it, I'm leaving" but the Hubs said he would entertain me the whole time. I don't like being entertained when I get to the 'misery' point of a run. I need my beats to get me going. I am insane about checking iPod levels now.
4. Trying new things DAY of race
What's the dumbest thing to do? Try new foods on your stomach before running a race. or wearing new clothes like shorts you find out ride too much, or a skirt that you find out is too big & slides down the whole time you're running. My favorite mess up - I wore a brand new pair of shoes. How many of you just groaned & shook your head at me. I know - I know...
5. Doing a race without training
I talk about it all the time, but its my biggest mistake ever. My first race was a half marathon. I had no idea what 13.1 miles looked like. So when I 'trained'... said VERY loosely... & got in about 3 miles & never ran before that, I thought, "How much worse can it get?" DEAR SWEET BABY JESUS! I always say I almost died. I'm not even joking. At mile 9, everything got woozy & tunnel vision. I've never felt so close to death in my life. Taught me the importance of training. A hard way to learn that lesson, but I learned it. .... oh, by the way, I couldn't walk straight for 2 weeks after either. I was messed up. Lesson heard loud & clear.
What's your biggest mistake you've made in running & training?