Thursday, October 14, 2010

I Will Not Faint During My Tempo Run + Road ID Review

Wednesday I was super psyched to hit the bike path for my tempo run.  I know, who am I lately?!?!?!  It was a gorgeously cool day and I was ready to run hard.  My stomach had been upset all afternoon, but I figured it'd be a-ok once I started running.  I had 8 miles to do with 6 at tempo pace of 8:24.

I started the warm up mile and realized that my legs felt fabulous.  Yes.  I started my tempo mile.  Every time I looked down at my garmin it was telling me 7:40 or 8:00 pace.  Uh slow down.  Why is it so hard for me to find that 8:23 tempo pace?  Grrr..... First mile clocked in at 8:10 and my stomach was not happy.  I kept going but slowed down a bit.  I felt like I was going to puke, so I decided I'd try to run this mile 8:24 + the 14 seconds I had spotted myself so that my stomach would chill and I'd be able to get through the rest of the miles.  

About 3/4 of a mile in to this one I saw Miss Sara.  Sara is a runner in town who I got to meet before the Sioux Falls Half, along with her boyfriend now fiance Tom!  Of course I had to stop her to see the sparkly new addition to her left hand, and then I started to see 2 or 3 sparkly rings, and felt like I was going to barf on Sara's shoes or faint at her feet.  Uh oh.  Every once in a while I have a tendency to faint, or almost faint, but it's usually in the shower after a long run (or at the end of a marathon....yeah... kind of forgot about that).  I also remembered that before I faint I always feel like I'm going to vomit, I should definitely try to remember that for the future.

After they continued on their run, I hung out trying to get the world to stop spinning and then started walking towards home..... a good 2.75 miles away.  Not a long ways, by any means, but much too far when you're feeling like butt and are soaked in sweat in 50 degree temps.  I got chilly FAST!

I ended up walking 1/4 of each mile on the way home and taking the jogging part verrrrrry slow.  :(  So much for feeling amped up for the tempo run.  I'm not sure if I just didn't eat enough during the day or if I'm getting sick or what.  Something about throwing up sweats with the hoody UP seems to make me feel better.  

One thing I was thankful for, is that I was wearing my new Road ID for the run.  I was sent an Elite Wrist ID for free by Outside PR to review for my blog, and I was ecstatic when it arrived.  Of course I selected the green color (as if there was any question).  It came in a super de duper cute box.  When I first pulled it out I was a bit confused.  It comes with a long strap that you are to shorten to fit to your wrist.  It seemed like a lot of responsibility, and I didn't know if I was up for it.  :p  Luckily the directions are very helpful, and before no time I was trimming away at my Road ID.
I was able to put my name and my birth year along with my Mom and Grandma's contact numbers for emergencies, and also Passion.  Of course I had to take a photo of the Road ID next to my Passion tattoo.  I'm cool like that.  

I had asked for a Road ID last year for Christmas, but apparently my family doesn't care about my safety, so I didn't get one.  (jk...kinda.)  But I think it's an absolute must for runners/racers/bikers/triathletes.  You never know when it's going to be needed (hopefully never!) but it's a cute accessory in the meantime.  My only complaint, is that if I had been smart, I would've realized that wearing a Road ID and my clunky Garmin on my wrist would get annoying, and I should've gotten an ID for my shoe.  I just made sure the Road ID was big enough to wear slightly up my arm so it didn't rub in to my Garmin. Problem solved.  
And stay tuned, because perhaps a new Road ID is in the cards for my up and coming 100 followers mega giveaway.....
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11 comments:

ilovesteaks said...

glad to hear that you didn't actually pass out on the side of the road. That usually only happens when I don't eat enough during a marathon.

Badgergirl said...

Glad to hear you didn't faint on the side of the road!

I end up wearing my Road ID (I don't have the Elite version, I've got the other one) the wrist where I wear my Livestrong bracelet and my Garmin on my other wrist.

angryrunner said...

Eep! Glad you're ok - I've definitely had those moments and its always scary.

Andrew Opala said...

I faint when I see your pace times!

Jamie said...

Glad you are okay now. Scary stuff girlie!

I still need to get my road id. I keep hoping someone in my fam will get it for me as a gift. i think at this point i just need to order one :)

Susan said...

Boo for pukey tempo runs...no more of those!

I need to get a Road ID...I don't know why I keep putting it off!

Slomohusky said...

and of course it is a green one. :)

Steel Springs said...

That's one scary tempo run. I'm glad that you didn't end up fainting! It's great that you have a Road ID and that you didn't need to use it.

northlandrunner said...

Should have fueled with a blueberry poptart! haha. Maybe that will keep the dizziness at bay.

Lorinda said...

Love my Road ID and recommend them for everyone! Hope you're feeling better!

Quinton J said...

usually for my tougher training runs (tempo runs or intervals) I always make sure I have enough food AND enough time to digest it. I too learned the hard way.
Also, your eyes are awesome.