You have to take what you can get


I was extremely excited to see these folk this morning when I was falling apart mentally and physically on my “long run” today. (You’ll soon see why long run is in quotations.)


After the first four miles I was ready to quit, I was really tired I from running more days in a row this week than I have in a while.

Even though I am supposed to be all tough and not eat candy or fuel on my runs, I broke down and had a sleeve of Shot Bloks after the first loop.  And then I had another sleeve after the second.  Each time I had sugar, I perked up for a few miles;  still, I knew running past 14 wasn’t going to be possible. 

I was at around 8 miles when the comedy crew showed up, vowing to get me to at least 12 for the day even if they had to carry me.


I didn’t quite make it to 12, as Youngest had had enough by the three-mile mark.  I volunteered to take him home and let the rest of the group finish their mileage.


Secretly it was because I was looking forward to a smoothie with my new frozen kale from TJ’s.  (It doesn’t take much.)


It was not quite what I expected, but I was hungry


I think I’ll stick with spinach smoothies, if you see what I mean.  The little pieces of kale don’t quite break up enough to make this thing drinkable.  Unless you like little pieces of greenery in your teeth.

Anyway I downed it and am now grinning with my greenery at anyone who will look my way.

And even though I am feeling a little down about my run, I am feeling positive about sticking to my plan of having patience and balance when it comes to training, instead of driving everyone around me crazy. 

Plus, I’m pretty sure I at least got in some good mental training.


So if there is an 8-year-old running near me at the end of the marathon, I am officially prepared to talk him through to the finish line.

Sometimes in life you just have to take what you can get.


  1. says

    I am so sorry you had a tough one. I did the same thing thing this morning… I set out to do a long run and barely made it to 13, now I am sitting on the couch with a horrible migraine. This one has got me in funk… running hasn’t been fun for awhile. It’s like marriage, I’m asking myself do I want a divorce or is this a temporary slump, perhaps a yoga affair would do the trick, I don’t know!!!!

    • Rebecca says

      I think we must both be suffering from burnout on some level. We have plenty of time to pull ourselves out, and I think running more than 14 mile long runs this early in training would hurt more than it would help anyway. At least that’s what I’m telling myself! We should do a long one together soon!


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