Thursday afternoon I had a dentist appointment. Completely necessary as I had some super old fillings that needed replaced… But I, like many people, am not a fan of the dentist. They asked if I wanted to watch TV to distract me from their instruments of torture, and I thought it was a decent alternative. Daytime television is pretty sad, and but managed to find a show that held my interest. It was called “Naked and Afraid,” and I am probably the only person on Earth who didn’t know about it. It is like Survivor, which I also have not watched, but naked. (Butt naked? Ha!) So they could call it “Creepy Campy.” I feel bad for the camera guy. He has to see a lot of junk. Anyway. I watched a couple of episodes and thought it was interesting. (And they could have worn clothes. It still would be a good show). But I guess if they were wearing clothes, they wouldn’t have a dude get a tick in his eye and his pee hole. Yes. His pee hole. (I let the dentist know the dude got a tick in his pee hole, too. It seemed like important information).
Anyways… after my appointment, my mouth was sore but I still wanted to run. I was hungry but all I could really eat was a small packet of applesauce and a banana. But I wanted to run Gal Gallop at the river trails with the lady Trail Hawks!!!
I got to the trail and was regretting my outfit. It was windy and cold while we stood around waiting for the group to show up. I wished I had brought a windbreaker, but I actually felt fine once we got to running.
I don’t know if it was my sore mouth, or just my crummy energy levels, but the pace felt so hard for me. After a mile, I dropped to the back of the pack so that I could slow down. Even that did not help so I started run / walk intervals. I was a miserable camper and did a shorter loop just so that I could get it over with.
When I got home, I took some ibuprofen and my mouth felt so much better. But… here is my conundrum… I need advice!
I am signed up for Rock the Parkway half on Saturday. I am fully capable of running that distance at night. But, this race starts at 7:30 a.m. Issue 1.
Next issue… I haven’t ran on pavement in months. I don’t know what pace to run. My last 10 miler on the rail trail, I ran 11:27 as an easy pace. But this was at night, and not on pavement. While I should be faster on pavement (but by how much, I don’t know), maybe that is off-set by the fact that I haven’t had good luck running in the morning.
My thoughts are this… If I wake up and feel OK, I will run the half and line up with the 11:25 group. I can always speed up if I feel OK.
If I wake up and feel meh, I can ask about switching to the 5K. (I don’t know if that is even an option).
If I wake up and feel like death, I will go back to sleep and chalk it up to another race that I signed up for months ago thinking surely I would feel better in 6 months.