Hope today has been better, Jeff!
It is so humid here. Rained all day yesterday, but humidity is still here. I think that pressure gives me headaches and makes me feel off. AC helps, but that always makes me feel tired and bothers allergies. Ugh.
Humidity, rain, and road construction (would've taken an extra 20-30 minutes to get to run) were my excuses last night. Still should have gone. Will run tonight.
Sorry to see you're feeling low, Jeff. It's OK to not run though, you deserve a break. If not you, who does? :) Hugs
Blah Monday is my least favorite day. Hope the good memories sustain you through it!
It's good that you have something to look forward to Jeff!! Best of luck in the race! :D
Trying to ramp up my miles a bit more, and heat training is really hard but really good for conditioning. Going to run with my old group from the bar tonight. Because I did a few this AM, don't have to do as much this PM.
Probably should be a 6, but I'm tired from not sleeping well, and I'm still hot and sticky at work, which is really uncomfortable!
Sounds intense! I'm going to try and run again tomorrow... Any pain at all and I'll stop... Tester run
Or maybe just the feeling gross from overindulging last night. It is going to be a hot one today, and I'll struggle in the run this evening. Ah well, it's summer.
You'll run the overindulgence right off and then some I bet :)
So glad you're having fun with the group! Can they all run crazy long distances like you do?
We usually just do 3 to 5 miles on a Monday, which is perfect. Though a few of my ultra-running companions come out and join us. A lot of us ultra people are also beer people. :)
Glad you got some good socialization, Jeff!
'Ultra people' sounds so cool :)
On the positive: ran 3 miles this morning, which always is a great way to start the day. Beautiful day today, so will be a nice run this evening and beers on the roof. I've been enjoying that a lot this summer!
I guess I was stupid. What a waste of a day...
Heeeey. It has to be done on occasion
Happens to the best of us! Hope you've already forgotten all about it because you're feeling great :)
I have to remember that...better to focus on the good things.
Last night's run was hot but fun! Then sitting on the rooftop, having a few beers with nice people. That's one of the best things in life...
Jeff. There's a lot of positive there. Go you
Yay! Well done being positive And running of course but that's just the norm for our Jeff :)
I hate holidays, though. They're set up for people with families and friends, and I don't have that. So I feel so lonely on these holidays when everyone else is having such fun. I'm sure I'll feel worse as it gets closer. Blah.
Great to hear! Enjoy your weekend, Jeff!
Sounds great Jeff!! Happy for you!
Oh wow! Maybe time to go and play the lottery, eh? Jeff for the win!!
Have a good weekend, pandas!
Thank you, you too, Jeff! Congratulations on your glasses :) How did you win them? Was it a running trophy?
Ha, thanks, Alicia! Yesterday was National Sunglasses Day (I guess?), so they did random giveaways of goodr sunglasses (and I so seldom have good luck and win things!). I chose the red, white and blue ones. Very patriotic! :)
Red, white and blue sunglasses?? Great! Nice to see some green, have a good (green) weekend xx
Grats on your win! From someone else that nevers wins, a pair of sunglasses is pretty dang cool!
I don't win anything either, and I'm glad it was you :)
We keep passing each other or maybe just seeing each other in the distance, running similar paces, suffering a similar amount for mile after mile. In the spirit of 'misery loves company', these people who I may not even talk to...
...become companions in suffering. We're all doing it voluntarily, pushing through the suffering, enduring it, challenging it, overcoming it (usually). We're nowhere near the front, never going to think about winning or usually not even...
...thinking about time (unless it's making cutoffs so we don't get pulled from the race). We're just moving and suffering together. Suffering together is better than suffering alone. Maybe that's a draw to this site?
Do you have an example of common cut off times Jeff?
What a powerful image. A great metaphor for many things in life. Inspiring!
Thanks, pandas! @John - the 40-miler last weekend had a 14-hour cutoff. The crazy hard 100k I did last year had a 20-hour cutoff. Both are considered pretty generous. I was looking at 50-milers today that had 11 or 12 hours.
Oh, that's total time. There are usually cutoffs at aid stations. Have to be out by a certain time. Those are the ones we end up chasing.
Very thought-provoking post, Jeff, thanks for sharing
So when we do something that makes us suffer or when we face suffering - pain, discomfort, anxiety - we avoid it. I do this all the time. Even when running - which involves suffering - my brain tells me to stop, to take it easy, to slow down...
...to let up. It tells me to find an excuse - I'm hurt, I'm sick, etc. Usually, I can ignore it. But then, the brain is clever. It seeks ways around avoidance to attain its desired state of comfort and ease, or at least less suffering...
But suffering is required, to some extent. We only grow stronger by breaking down muscles and rebuilding them. Similarly, psychology is based around tearing down walls and facing difficult memories and thoughts and emotions so we can...
...build ourselves back up stronger. Obviously, we can only suffer so much. Sometimes, we have suffered all we can, and avoidance is necessary for survival. But in the day-to-day grind of life, I think we need to suffer more, not less.
Years past, people worked 10-hour days at least six days a week in horrible conditions because it was normal and expected. Today, we have computers and robots and money and ease. We evolved into complacent, fat creatures...
...of comfort. I suppose we need to suffer more, to embrace suffering, to face it and push through it and find ourselves stronger, to see if we are capable of suffering and enduring and suffering some more.
I feel weak, all the time...Perhaps to feel strong I just need to suffer more, not less. Perhaps peace isn't what I need. Perhaps I need to suffer. Maybe it's what I deserve and need.
No, you definitely don't deserve to suffer. No one but evil people or something should. You deserve happiness & health. We need to leave negative thoughts behind.
I'm not sure if I agree you 'need to suffer' - however I believe you deserve the sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing you made it through something difficult, whether that's physically or emotionally. Typically some suffering or discomfort
*is involved in those situations. In that viewpoint, I agree with you. I am going to be 'making myself suffer' by going to the gym, but for good reasons.
I would agree in the sense that we need some more stoicism. People (me included) complain a lot and focus on the wrong things, like weather we can't change, or a cold that will pass and really is not that bad, or having to be in traffic which is
annoying but rarely a matter of life or death. Focusing on the negative makes everything harder. Like focusing on being tired makes running harder. I find for me the best way to be effective is to enjoy. In order to enjoy I need to stop whining about
things and start looking for the upside. As for deserving to suffer.... that sounds a little like depression talking, to be honest. There is no life without suffering. We'll all get our share. And we have been getting it. Being more stoic though is a
I suppose I miswrote the 'deserving' portion or worded it incorrectly. I'm reading a book about how we can push past pain and discomfort to accomplish so much. I simply meant that I have to do this more/regularly.
What's the book called?
Some very good points here. I agree with Alicia and Robert. Wise words!
@Manda: Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins. It's really, really good and inspiring!
Going to check that out on Amazon. Thanks!