Hooray! This morning I finished my last 20 miler before taper time and it felt great.
I was up bright and early because of a day full of schoolwork/studying, and packed up a vanilla Power Gel, some Gatorade/water mix and my apartment keys (mm hmm, more about that in a bit).
I also wanted to test out potential marathon clothes (I’m not a planner or anything…) to make sure chaffing issues were at minimum.
I was on the roads by about 6:30 a.m. and enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise 🙂 The run went really well, I felt strong and took the gel at around mile 10, which held me through the end of the run along with the Gatorade/water.
So 20.5 miles in 3:08:08, 9:11/mile. I think it’s safe to say I’m ready for 26.2 – bring it, yo!
When I got back to my apartment, I couldn’t wait for an ice bath, some food/liquids and a potty. However, my one and only apartment key was missing from my water bottle pocket. And presumably nestled away within the confines of Central Park.
Panic. This thing was between me and everything I needed!
I didn’t bring any money or a phone on the run (stupid mistake # 5237), and assumed the key had fallen out when I took the gel out of the pocket. I don’t have a roommate, live-in super or a doorman, and I had no idea what the eff to do.
And for real, I’d just run 20 miles and I did not want to move another foot. So homegirl (somewhat hysterically) took a cab to the park to look for the key where the gel was taken on the bridle path. And gasp, couldn’t find it (stupid mistake # 5969)
The cab driver had waited for me (knowing I had no money) and I am convinced he was somewhat of an angel, because on the way back to my apartment he bought me a strawberry milk and called a locksmith.
I guess it probably helped that I was a tad upset.
The locksmith came, did his thang, and $270 (seriously, are they all this expensive or was I taken for a fool??) later I was in my apartment. Relief for me, but not my wallet.
I was freakin’ freezing by the time everything was said and done, so an ice bath did not happen. Refueling was some pretzel sticks, and then some caramelized figs, walnuts, raw oats and Greek yogurt after a much-needed warm shower.
Since I’m somewhat of a control freak, this morning’s events threw me for a loop. Plans for great post-run recovery? Nixed. Late morning studying? Nope. Relaxing/Saturday paper-reading? Don’t think so. Early trip to Whole Foods? Sorry.
Of course, this stuff will still get done, just not exactly as I planned. When things don’t happen the way I intend, I do get a little out of sorts, and there’s definitely a lesson to be learned from this experience.
- I must chill out
- Being flexible is necessary and ok
- When something foils plans, take a deep breath and deal. It’s never as bad as you think
- Some cab drivers are nice
- Make copies of apartment keys and keep in separate places 🙂
The rest of my Saturday includes playing catch-up on studying and schoolwork, resting a bit and refueling. 20 miles makes me HUNGRY!
Question: Ever been locked out of your house/apartment? What did you do?