It has been a while since I had one of these, and it hit me hard. Now that I am comfortably sprawled out on the couch, let me try to figure out what went wrong.
After getting home and doing my Audrey duties (cuddling, feeding, walking), I laced up my sneakers and headed out. Apparently New York is masquerading as Seattle this week, so I stepped outside into a fine, constant mist. A little chilly and not doing the hair any favors, but I was ready for it.
I knew I needed to finish up my walk/run with some errands, so I decided to stay close and do some "laps" up and down the long stretches through the brownstone neighborhoods. Straight, flat, not too crowded...perfect. I could cover some distance without actually going too far away from home, and I would be able to take care of a few things before heading back.
|Along my route: a retro soda shop in modern Brooklyn; photo taken using my |
modern iPod with an app that makes things look old. In my low
blood sugar state, this seemed highly amusing.
After the first few minutes, I settled into a rhythm. I felt OK, but not fantastic. I WANTED to be out there getting my heart rate up, but my legs weren't doing what my brain was telling them to. I then noticed that I was getting passed by people on the sidewalks. Now, New Yorkers do definitely move fast, but I was still annoyed. Why couldn't I kick it into high gear?
At the turnaround point, I was more than ready to head back. But at a certain point, I started to feel a little bit...off. A little weak. A little shaky. No gas left in the tank, running on fumes. Not good.
I slowed down, took breaks to admire interesting architecture (at least that's what I was pretending to do -- just stopping in the street looked weird), and tried to push towards home. Felt like I would never get there! I realized that I was dealing with a low blood sugar situation and needed some food, so I stopped and bought way more than I could possibly eat. And then I came home and CRASHED.
Here's what I know: I do not want to repeat this again.
Here's what I think: blood sugar crash due to poor choice/timing of afternoon snack.
|I love you, Clif -- I'm sure we'll kiss and make up soon|
It's hard when your brain is ready, but your body isn't. There's nothing like the rush of endorphins after a good workout -- but a bad workout leaves a lasting impression, too.
My inner dialogue was a bit negative during this little episode ("...and you want to run a marathon??"), but I am trying to stay positive and remember that I have done the work and seen the results before (a few years back, I was logging 40+ miles a week easily. Ah, the good old days!).
Any advice here is welcome! Do you have bad workouts? If so, why do you think it happens and what do you do about it?