With the 15th being the last day to sign up for the Boulevard Bolt here in Nashville, TN for the $25, I wanted to be sure that I had at least attempted to run OUTSIDE before signing up. I took my son over to my mother’s house, then headed to the park right behind her house. It was still pretty early at 9 AM. Knowing next to nothing about what I am doing other than running, I decided that a latte and a piece of bread was a good enough breakfast choice. This was eaten about 45 minutes before I began my run.
I found a map at the park and chose to do a 2.4 mile route that was an out and back. The temperature outside was around 45 degrees, quite a far drop from the 70 degrees with a box fan I have at home. Within the first half mile I could certainly feel the difference deep in my burning lungs. I soon was stopping every 2 tenths of a mile to catch my breath as my breathing patterns were not leveling out. I never walked any, as I had pledged to run the entire trail. However, once I made it to the out portion (1.2 miles from my parked car), I was completely unsure that I could even make it back to my car. I used the restroom and tried to regain my confidence.
After WAY too long a rest, I decided it was time to make it back to my car at least. On this section, I was distracted by watching bike riders “walking” their dogs in front of me along the trail. I also noted that by this time, the temperature was no longer as cold. I did slow twice during the 1.2 mile run (amateur).
Once at my car, I chose another trail that was approximately 1.6 miles around the soccer fields. With my running right next to all of these soccer moms and dads, I again had plenty to look at and wonder about as I ran. After getting this accomplished more easily than the first 2.4 mile section, I headed on to my car for a bit of water. I drank about 5 ounces of water, then headed out for the last mile. When I began running, I noticed that I was seeing a circle of light nearly as though someone had just taken my photo. This continued as I ran past the soccer fields again and all the way until I was back at my car. I found that this part was actually the easiest to accomplish. I am sure it was the mental game that I am nearly finished, I am nearly finished… but the entire time that I did this mile I could see this halo and felt a bit dizzy.
I stretched, drank some water and headed back to my parent’s house where I got the worst headache. It was unlike any other headache I have ever had. I really felt so SICK. I showed (because my mom said I STANK!) and then ate some muffins for breakfast (amateur again!) I laid down for a while and then was about to leave when my sister pointed out that I looked terrible. I then noticed I was seeing that halo again! Am I about to die? Is this a glimpse at the afterlife? I explained the sensation I was having and she said I needed salt. So I ate some saltines and had some juice. I soon felt better and headed out to get me some lunch.
The following day, my thighs and shins were so sore. This running outside is so much harder than running on a treadmill. I cannot say that I did not expect it a bit though. The experience is enough to make a normal person stop and say, I am pushing too hard. But I am NOT normal. I have signed up for the Boulevard Bolt for Thanksgiving, 8 AM.
Have you ever had any of these experiences? Can you help me to better this issue? What to eat? How to better prepare? I only have a week! I want to do the run, to do it as I did this one, start to finish running. It may not be pretty, but I DID IT!