|Friday night at beautiful Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri|
On Friday night my friend and fellow marathoner, Bobby, was in town to run the Garmin Marathon. So along with another friend, Matt, we went to the Royals game where it was Buck Night. Every Friday night at Kauffman Stadium is Buck Night, where peanuts and you guessed it ... hot dogs ... are one dollar. Now usually when I go to a game, I'll enjoy one hot dog, and maybe some nachos. But when we got in line for the dollar dogs, there was a sign that read "Limit four hot dogs per visit", to which my friend Matt commented, "Ya know we've gotta get four ... right!" Well, it didn't take much arm twisting for me to follow his lead. I ordered four hot dogs, loaded them up with sauerkraut, and had them in my belly before the National Anthem. (For those scoring at home, I later added beef nachos and a Dr. Pepper)
As I was getting ready for my 18 mile run on Saturday morning, I surprisingly felt like crap. Sarcasm. My stomach wasn't upset, which actually did surprise me, but my energy level was about as low as it's been in a while. Combined with pouring rain outside, I knew it was going to be a tough long run. I fought the lack of energy all morning. And it rained harder in a run than I've ever experienced before. I cut the run short at 16 miles and went inside to take a nap and sleep off the hot dog hangover.
The poor long run, and slightly below average tempo run really have me questioning my half-marathon in two weeks, and marathon in four weeks. It's not just the hot dogs ... I'm just really struggling with my running right now. The hip is finally about 90-95% healthy, but it's still pretty weak, and it put a huge dent in my training this Spring. Combined with my lack of motivation, I'm just not where I thought I'd be going into my Spring events. I'll still run the half-marathon in Wichita, but at this point, I don't really see me getting a PR. But the race really weighing on my mind is the Colfax Marathon. I don't feel anywhere near marathon ready, and I can foresee a complete disaster at that one. But I'm trying keep my focus positive.
So I need to kick it into gear. I need to find some motivation to lock down on my training. But most importantly, I think I should stop eating four hot dogs the night before long runs. I was considering using this as my marathon fueling strategy, but I'll probably just stick to chicken and rice. Hope your training ... and diet ... are going better than mine!
... Be Great Today!