Saturday, June 27, 2009

You oversleep=you have to run fast


So... when you wake up 20 minutes late, you have to seriously increase your pace to make it to work on time. Maybe I have found the fast-running-nirvana secrets, great running partners, and oversleeping, which makes those partners wait, and wish they themselves had stayed in bed. I woke up WAY after the time I was supposed to meet Suzy on the trail this week. I seriously jumped straight into the air and practically into my running clothes. I swear to you I was running with in 45 seconds of waking up- totally disorienting! I didn't put in contacts, or go to the bathroom, or even get any water before I flew out the door. In this pandemonium, I threw on a pair of running shorts that no longer fit. So- yes that was me this week- running with my huge glasses on, trying not to pee my pants, and holding my shorts on with one hand the ENTIRE run. Of course this is the day I also saw almost every person I've known over the last 6 years. "You are training for a marathon? Huh. Interesting" (Insert here a pointed look at my clenched hold on the shorts.) At least Suzy had something funny to laugh at the whole run!

Kristin and I ran 9 miles today. Getting up at 5:40 am on a Saturday may kill me. I have a new fancy, schmancy GPS watch that is about as big as my head, but is uber cool. It beeps at us every time we go slower than a 12 minute mile. We have nicknamed it mom. (No offense moms) Every time we would take a walk break I thought it might have a stroke. It also tells us every 1/2 mile we run. We are loving it! Today we finished our run in 1 hour and 51 minutes- that includes all walk breaks, street crossings, and trash talking when the faster runners pass us. We are supposed to run at a pace that we can carry on a conversation, but being girls, I think the conversation pace is more important than the run. Training for a marathon is like getting free therapy, except at the end you are in physical pain! We have a great time discussing ridiculous topics that I'm not sure you would ever really talk about with someone if you had to see their face while you talked. Sometimes we are laughing so hard, that IS the reason for the walk breaks! There is something about running that is bonding and true. I love it!..... And at the end- "Wow- that was seriously 9 miles? I still have 3 stories to tell you about my week, how about a long cool-down?"

6 comments:

Adam said...

Just so you know, Danna getting up before 6:00 AM is like a normal human getting up before 3:00 AM. You are amazing Danna.

Chris and Holly said...

I'm loving reading about your runs together. You make us all wish we had a fun running partner! Oh, and the desire to wake up at crazy hours and physically exert ourselves. . .

Anonymous said...

Wow, for a while there I thought it was Kristin talking and I was gonna be like "What!? Kristin wears contacts?!?!?!" Hahaha
-Mikelle

Kristin said...

Ay ay ay..I don't know about that picture of me putting on sunscreen Danna. What happened to the ones after the run?? But this post is great and your are such an awesome writer.

Matthew said...

Danna! You need to come over to our house more often and entertain us. This post was an absolute comic gem! "Insert here a pointed look at my clenched hold on the shorts." HA!!

Brenda B. said...

Danna-

I told Danny that I want to start training with you and Kristin, just so I can be friends with you two!! You guys are amazing!!!