Saturday, August 22, 2015

Coffee Colored Urine

We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?—Steve Jobs

Today was long run Saturday. As a runner I feel as though Saturdays were made for going some long distance. At least a long distance relative to whatever your regular average distance is. A long run for me is different than a long run in marathon training and that's different for a person ultra-marathon training. Ask a non-runner what Saturdays or for and you will get innumerable responses, none of which would be to wake up early and run 1, 2, or 3 hours.

I ran 14 miles today to get to 100 for the month. I didn't feel great when I started but somewhere around 4.5 miles or so I got a second wind of sorts. I was able to move comfortably and consistently from that point until about 9 miles. That was the point where I started to feel a little dizzy. My mouth was super dry and my pace began to suffer. I never run with water. I never carry money on my runs because I program myself to believe that the only way back is to run.

I knew that I needed hydrate. I know myself well enough to know that this wasn't a matter of toughening up. I knew I wasn't doing well. I seriously started looking around for a water fountain. I got to the point where I would have knocked on someones door just for a drink. I finally saw a beacon of light. Starbucks was just sitting there with open arms. I had no cash but I had the Starbucks App on m phone. I bought 48 ounces worth of water and drank it all in the first mile after my stop. The funniest part of the Starbucks intermission was the way people looked at me. Sure I was sweaty after 11 miles. I probably smelled too. I don't understand why people looked at me like I was homeless or nude.

When I reached home I knew that I had beaten myself up a bit. I went to use the bathroom and I was scared at the darkness of my urine. I had only read about this stuff. I then got on the scale and saw that I had lost about 10 pounds in a run. I was at risk when I stopped to drink. If I had pushed further, it could have experienced serious issues.

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