Just Because I Run in Circles Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Play Dirty

by Carilyn on November 18, 2013

I tried to pretend like I wasn’t a runner again this weekend. I skipped my long run on Saturday hoping that Los Angeles would get attacked by a swarm of locusts and I would be off the hook. I needed to run a “fast” 20 miler, and I DIDN’T WANT TO.

But, by Sunday, when it was clear that LA wasn’t under a blanket of flying insects, I knew I had to get my lazy butt out there and get it over with.

As much as I dread these fast-ish loop runs, I try to do several of them before a race because:

a) Β it gives me an idea of where my “cruising” pace is; and

b) Β it forces me to give a full effort on a long run rather than just counting “time on my feet” (which is what I do when I run trails because it is impossible for me to account for the number of times I get lost/fall down/get distracted by the cool blue bird in the tree/spend time hiding because I’m convinced a mountain lion is stalking me).

If I’m really being honest, I love/hate the “fast 20” run. I love that it is a focused effort that I know will be done fairly quickly. I do it on loops, so I know what to expect (generally). There is minimal risk that I will fall down, get run over, or get eaten. I get to listen to a good book for the first half. I also get to drink a lot of soda (Sunkist and Coke). Really, as far as a running nerd is concerned, (almost) all the boxes I look for in evaluating a good run get checked (I say “almost” because I haven’t figured out a way to run while simultaneously doing all the dance sequences from “Annie”). I hate these 20s though, because, well, I have to run them.

For this 20, I decided to run in my Hokas to see how they would hold up. I have to say, aside from the fact that they are baby blue and pink, and resemble VERY ugly orthopedic shoes (even I don’t want to look that goofy), they were awesome. My feet didn’t start bothering me until the last 2 miles, which I think had more to do with the fact that I was wearing old socks rather than the Hokas. During the run, my legs felt good and I really didn’t feel like I was running in clown shoes. Win/Win.


I ended up with a 3 minute PR which makes me very happy (it’s the little things in life, right?). I so rarely wear a watch that I generally have no true idea of where I stand with my running unless I race, so it felt affirming to know my training is going well.

And I spent much of the morning expressing my happiness. After the third “I got a 3 minute PR on my 20 miler!” Happy Dance, Hubz said, “If this is all it takes to make you happy, let’s stop paying for races and you just keep going out and timing yourself.”

Okay, and I will just cancel his cable football package and he can just go watch the neighborhood football games.

All’s fair in love and running.

Happy Running!







Kim November 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Ok – that last little exchange between you and your husband totally cracks me up!!!
Great job on the PR!!!
You are truly my running hero – maybe one day if I stay at it long enough we can run an easy 20!!!
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Char November 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

He doesn’t get it, does he?

Marcia November 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Neighborhood football sounds more than reasonable to me. Everyone and their mother seems to be loving Hokas lately. I am intrigued….and looking for a suitable trail shoe…

Kirstin C November 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

Ha! Men.

Exciting that you are in the groove with your training. Go Carilyn!!
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Carilyn November 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks so much, Kim! And I wish I could do one fourth of the things you can do – especially without falling over (I’m working on it πŸ™‚ ). And we can definitely do a long run together sometime – that would be a blast!

Carilyn November 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

No, Char, he doesn’t. But he will when he can no longer find his football games on TV πŸ˜‰

Carilyn November 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I agree, Marcia! It all looks the same to me, anyway πŸ™‚

Carilyn November 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thanks, Kirstin! It’s always fun to have a good run πŸ™‚

Pam November 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Carilyn- I’d love to join you for dinner before DS, but I am kind of a dunce and can’t find your email. I used mine to sign in here, so maybe you could send me a note and I will respond.

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