A very stuffy 10-miler

Friday morning was a rare treat – Scott had the day off from work due to Good Friday. Of course, I wanted to take full advantage of his time (hehe, I’m sure he had other ideas for how he wanted to spend his morning off!) so we decided that Friday would be our long run day ‘o the week.

…despite the fact that we were both in the “snotty nosed” camp, so to speak. Both coming back from annoying-as-hell colds, but both really committed to getting through our first double-digit run together (since this summer!), regardless.

If I could sum up our run in pictures? This is what it would look like:

Let’s just say Scott called me out around mile 8 for being a “stubborn ass” (his words!) when he suggested we cut it to 9.5 miles vs. the full 10 (meaning skipping the final loop before turning down our street).

My response? “I said I’m doing 10, so I’m doing 10. You can go home if you want, but I’m finishing this thing!”

He shook his head (and probably had a nice little running tirade going on up in his head), but agreed to continue on. And I’m pretty sure we were both really glad we stuck it out — it was that final loop (the one Scott suggested we skip)Β where we both got a burst of energy and found some energy to kick it up the last hill before turning towards home.

And in the end, we did just what we said we were going to do.
…We ran 10 miles. We didn’t stop because we were tired. We stopped when we were done.

It wasn’t our fastest or our “best” by any stretch, but it was a proud 10-miles. It was an ego-tempering 10-miles, too. A really, really good reminder that no matter what – those “tough” runs are always lurking just around the corner, ready to teach you a thing or two.

A couple of lessons learned on this one?

  • Three tissues is *not* enough. Seriously, what was I thinking? I used all three up right away. Duh. The rest of the run was spent snuffling along, annoyed as hell that I couldn’t breathe at.all. out of my nose. Hot.
  • Side cramps are plentiful when mouth-breathing is all ya got. Given the tissue problem noted above, mouth breathing was my only option. Which left me fighting side cramps galore on this run. Excellent.
  • Fuel and water is hard to manage when unable to breathe *and* when fighting side cramps. Have you ever tried to chew something with your mouth open to allow for breathing to occur while running? It’s a comedy show. I was trying to breathe, trying to chew, trying not to choke, and trying to keep my legs going without tripping. I am so cool.

Lesson learned – running while stuffy isn’t pretty, but it *can* be done.Β  Trust me on this.


24 thoughts on “A very stuffy 10-miler

  1. Way to stick to the plan. I love hearing about other couples running together. I smile thinking of the frustrations and celebrations you shared that day. And I think running through a cold is the best medicine. Nice run!

    • I LOVE running with Scott — even when he calls me out like that. πŸ˜‰
      He keeps me always pushing myself, but also makes me laugh at myself when I’m being ridiculous (his favorte saying if I invariably need to skip a planned run for some reason — “if you don’t run today, are you going to turn into a pumpkin? Um,no.” hehe).

  2. Stubborn ass! I love it! I can totally see Scott’s face as he said that too πŸ˜‰ I am glad you stuck it out, because I know I would have been annoyed at myself for not doing the last .5 too. Even if I reallyreallyreally wanted to stop. You went that far, what’s another few mins right?! (I say this now…) Proud of you sis! And bring more tissues next time silly goose!

    • I knew you’d appreciate that one, sis πŸ˜‰
      He always keeps it real, huh?

      And you’re right, I would’ve been SO ANNOYED if I cut the run short, so I’m glad I powered through even though I swear that last mile felt like fifty-five miles. LOL

  3. 2 words: Snot Rockets… No tissues required!!

    Great run and way to stick with it. I did 10 miles yesterday, it was my first double digit run since September and it’s pretty taxing sometimes.

    • I seriously can’t bring myself to snot rocket. Just. can’t. do. it. I guess I’m too much of a priss??

      Anyway – I meant to tweet to you when I saw that you hit double-digits this weekend too, way to rock ‘n roll my friend!

  4. LOL – I can only imagine what he must have been thinking. Loved that he flat out called you a stubborn ass. And you sound like me – when you get it in your head that you’re doing a certain distance, that’s it. That’s what you’re doing darn it. Nice job on getting it done!

    • I totally thought of you as I was writing this recap up after our run — I knew you’d totally appreciate the humor in the situation. You can imagine how that scene went down, hmm? πŸ˜‰

  5. I am SO like that…if I have a number of miles in my head, you best believe that I will stop at nothing until I reach that number! Way to go Jess!
    And I agree with Mr. Urbannerdrunner….I am always for being a Lady, but if I gotta snot-rocket, I will (and do often!) out on the road. No shame πŸ˜›

    • Right?? It’s like what’s its in my head, it’s seared in there nice and good until I get it DONE. So I’m glad I didn’t give in and skip out early, it was worth it in the end. πŸ™‚

      I don’t know why but I just can’t bring myself to snot rocket!! I guess it’s only a matter of time though??

  6. Forgive me my friend, because I”m giggling at you right now. Not because it’s funny but because I TOTALLY understand!

    Way to stick it out and get the run done, and I agree with all of the other snot rocket peeps here. It’s gross, but ya gotta do it. I find I spit a lot when I run too, gross, but running isn’t a pretty sport to begin with.

    • You are forgiven. But only because I would be giggling at you if the tables were turned. πŸ˜‰

      And um yeah, you’re right – running isn’t a pretty sport, indeed. I had wind burn on my face after which made my already-red nose look even worse. Hot, I tell ya, HOT.

  7. thats awesome you finished your run!! allergies are killin me these days..i sneeze like crazy then my nose gets stuffed up which obviously makes breathing difficult haha. i try not to complain since the weather is sooooo nice. see u soon! πŸ™‚

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