I came home from a long day at work today and wanted to go for a run. I actually had planned to go last night but by the time I got home, it was cold and dark and I was tired. It also didn’t help since I hadn’t been in the condo for a couple of weeks, the heater wasn’t on so it was cold inside too. I just joined the Green Lake Running group to meet new people and to try to make myself more accountable for week day runs so I was excited to do a quick 5 mile run. I was also excited about the new adventure of a new running group. However, I just couldn’t force myself to get off the couch and out from under the blanket. So I relaxed, planned a few things for the week, and read. I didn’t beat myself up too much and it ended up being a nice, quiet evening.
Tonight, I wasn’t going to let myself off the hook so easily so as soon as I came home, I put on my running clothes. This is a sure fire way to make sure I go for a run. The couch and cozy blanket would have to wait!
Like I said, I put on my running clothes but given it’s 30 degrees outside, I also had to find my gloves, headband, knuckle lights, ipod, and garmin. As I stepped out the door, the first song was the Dixie Chics – Ready to Run. Boy, was I ever ready to run! I was so stoked! It was going to be an awesome run – it was beautiful out! The sun was setting and the city was a nice shade of pink. Just as I was heading down the hill, I checked my garmin to make sure that I actually started it, I’ve been known to think I hit start only to realize 2 miles in that I didn’t in fact start it. Very frustrating. For those that don’t know, the garmin is like a watch that measures distance and pace. It’s pretty key when you’re training for a race. The garmin seemed to be going but then I paused it to make sure and then started again. Nothing was happening. Ugh! So I stood there in the parking lot of the 7-11 trying to restart it, nothing. I was beginning to look sort of stupid too – it’s cold out and I’m standing in a parking lot staring at my watch. So I had a choice. I could get discouraged and go back to the couch OR I could keep going and not worry about distance or pace. Guess what…I did the latter.
I continued down the hill trotting along and listening to my music feeling pretty good. I was thinking the scenery and how I haven’t been running on my SLUR in a while. (SLUR is South Lake Union Run, has nothing to do with my speech.) I was even thinking that the temperature was perfect! I think that has more to do with being prepared with the gloves and headband than anything else. From time to time, I felt myself get tired but it allowed me to reassess my form and realize either I wasn’t breathing properly or I was tensing up. By the time I got to the 5 mile mark, I was still feeling good. Another song came on that made me think…Don’t Let Me Down by the Chainsmokers. It’s starts out with these lyrics…which is sort of fitting since you can hit the wall in running too….
Crashing, hit a wall
Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle
Stranded, reaching out
I call your name but you’re not around
I say your name but you’re not around
Anyways, I wasn’t really thinking of anyone in particular letting me down. No, in fact, I was thinking of my garmin. I love technology! It’s supposed to make our lives simpler, more streamlined, provide us information, etc. But when it fails, it fails big and it let’s me down, every time. Even though I love running and the fitness aspect, I almost love analyzing my stats and progress more. I know, it sounds geeky but I’m gonna let this freak flag fly. We all have our vices, mine is technology. Sometimes I ask, If my garmin isn’t working, does the run actually count? Well, of course it does. And I can even go back and manually enter my run, but let’s be honest. It’s not the same.
When I got home, my garmin was still spinning but not collecting any data. So I looked up how to do a hard reboot. Done. It works now or at least I think it does, I’ll find out on my next run. While this run wasn’t what I expected or sought out, it was exactly what I needed. I needed to disconnect and work on the mechanics of running. Sometimes we need a hard reboot from things in our life.