Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Great Run with a Stupid Runner

"Oh hai, BB! I iz in your Zensahs, stealin' ur compression!"

It's a beautiful day for a run, so I got up "early" and hit the road.

My marathon training schedule called for 15 miles...I'm still reeling over the fact that I have a marathon coming up.

The first 100 yards were simply awful. My shin was stomach was grumbling. Self doubt crept in.

I was convinced that 15 miles was out of the question. Less than 3 minutes into my run and I was ready to quit.

What happened next was a runner miracle.

The pain in my shin disappeared and my stomach settled. I got into a rythmn. Everything started clicking. I cranked out mile after mile. I passed a llama farm.

It was a great run.

I finished my 15 miler (distance PR!) with a huge smile on my face.

And it's all fun and games until someone almost passes out in line at Quiznos...

I shuffled on home, hopped in the ice bath (a blog post in and of itself) and showered. Then I headed out to grab lunch for Hubs and myself.

As I stood in line at Quiznos, I started to feel woozy. Actually it was more like impending Linda Blair-style vomiting. Oh great I think...puking in a restaurant full of people might be my biggest fear.

I ordered and then quickly realized that I wasn't going to vomit at all-- I was going to straight-up pass out.

My brain was like, "Ok, body-- I think we can work this out. Don't do anything weird..."


(That's a siren sound).

Anyway, I ran to the bathroom but didn't quite make it that world started spinning. I pulled out a chair and sat down right as my vision blurred and everything went bright.

I took a breather. I went to the bathroom and splashed some cold water on my face (just like the movies!) and eventually felt better.

I grabbed a Gatorade, paid for the sandwich and headed home.

Yes, I still got the sandwich. I'm kind of like a Navy SEAL in that way-- I kept my focus on the primary objective; and "not passing out" was not critical to the success of the mission.

Basically, I'm a big ol' idiot.

I ran 15 miles in 70 degree heat and then didn't eat anything afterwards. NOT A THING. An hour passed between the time I finished my run and then almost passed out in Quiznos.

Idiot. Me. A big one.

I'm embarrassed to even blog about this...but then was pretty blog-worthy.

So yeah, lesson learned.

ALSO-- no one seemed to notice my trauma at Quiznos. Interesting.


  1. Okay first, I'm sorry that happened and it totally sucks, but you have to learn the hard way on that kinda crap sometimes.

    Second, I shouldn't say this about you passing out, but you are hilarious and a fantastic writer, haha!

    Glad you are okay, and huge CONGRATS on the distance PR! I can't wait to live vicariously through you as you train for this! My knees would never, ever be able to handle it!

  2. :) you are too sweet! Thank you!

    Yeah, I definitely learned my lesson...and as soon as I sat down, I felt fine and thought it was a crazy, hilarious situation!

  3. I just can't believe that NO ONE noticed!! Ha. Sad story, I have hypoglycemia which causes wicked drops in my blood sugar. One morning I was home alone and passed out on the way to the kitchen to get some juice to bring it back up. As I was going down, all I could think was "I wonder how long it would take for someone to find me if I don't wake up...." Ha!!

    Oh, and about the pink shoes. has them for $70! They also do free/overnight shipping :) I love them for shoes!

  4. I've experienced that feeling after a run, but it was a lot less than 15 miles! Chocolate Milk within 10 mins of your long run is highly recommended as a recovery drink. It just gives me an excuse to drink chocolate milk.

  5. Brittany, your probably the best blogger I've ever read. Also, the accomplishment of a 15-miler is hoss-dog. That's so awesome that you almost passed out, but didn't! A terrible sensation at the time, but many a BA point afterwards. I've never ice-bathed- you should def. do an entry on dat.

  6. d.a.r.-- That is terrifying! You need one of those life alert things that the old people have ;)...Those shoes are next on my list, fo' sure!

    Joe-- Good call on the chocolate milk. I'm grabbing it first thing next time!

    Jake-- Thanks, dude! I appreciate that! Oh, and there will be an ice bath post, definitely!

  7. this was just what i needed to read to get me motivated to get out running! thank you!

  8. Congrats on the PR, and on staying focused on the mission. LOL

  9. I am only sort-of sorry this happenened to you only because it happenend- you wrote about it and that bit where your mind was conversating with your body screaming MayDay May Day was hilarious. AND, my dad was a navy seal. oh yeah. he also ran marathons all the time after he got out. I think the seal-bit made the marathons seem like cake walks.
    Although, I don't really know what a cake-walk is but I could be using the expression incorrectly as usual.

    btw- CONGRATS on the 15 miler- that is awesome! you are my idol.