Friday, January 13, 2006

It's better to run and be lonely than not run at all

Hypochondriac Susan spent some time visiting her physician friend yesterday. Her efforts to explain impending death as a result of heart explosion due to the snot-oxygen factor and freakishly high heart rate were futile; only ending with "Here's a decongestant, now go home."

Thank goodness I love running. For what other reason would I put up with tortoise pacing, abnormally high heart rates, and freezing temperatures? Alas, winter will be ending in a few weeks; it was actually only 39 degrees this morning, a pleasant temperature for a slow, four-mile run. I shouldn't complain. We've had a really warm winter - even for Dallas. I'm disappointed in myself, but have decided it's best to just run to run until I'm feeling better. I have expectations that it will make my ten-mile run this Sunday more enjoyable, albeit lonely because my friends will be passing me right and left. Actually, on most occasions I enjoy the solitude - it's just difficult pacing oneself. Perhaps this is where Garmina will come in handy.


Blogger Kurt said...

Susan, I personally enjoy the quiet and alone time running. With kids, cats and work it is the only time I have to myself. I hope you find comfort with the joy of running by ones self.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Your slowest running time is way faster than my fastest running time (which currently is zip since I am not running). However, if I were just a little faster, I would come run with you as long as you promise not to snot on me. If you are going to do that, I will send Kate to run with you instead.

12:26 PM  
Blogger David said...

I think the heart rate is high because Garmina is so hot.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Kiki said...

I am sorry that you too have been inflicted with the same congestion that seems to be making its way around the us. I am only now starting to feel like I can breathe again.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Black Knight said...

I spent my running life training alone and sometimes it is not so bad. As you said better to run slower than nothing.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Garmina will be a good companion.

Is she house broken??

1:29 PM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Better get out sounds like a heat wave is coming through tomorrow...61, sheesh!

Be looking out for a silver blur!!!

1:45 PM  
Blogger TryAthlete said...

Hope you get over the cold soon. They can be quite a pain. Go easy on yourself - it's better in the long term, as you know.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Sergio I. Gajardo Ug├ís said...

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2:27 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

i'm so glad i'm not the only person who makes the congestion to heart explosion connection. seems obvious to me; why doesn't everyone else get it?

still don't understand how (WHY!!) you're running if you can't breathe, but i do hope the congestion goes away soon.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Wobbly man said...

I ran for years on my own but since running my long runs with friends (to make the time go quicker)I am now dreading the thought of doing a long run on my own. I have been trying to think of excuses why I shouldn't go and hadn't thought of a possible heart explosion. Thanks! Hope your over this awful lurgy soon mate!

4:38 PM  
Blogger susie said...

There is hope. My head is beginning to clear, too. And my man Garmano kept me on track yesterday==slow but on track.

4:42 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

You do not have to be able to breathe that well to run. Enjoy the solitude of running alone. You mean your running partners do not stick with you when you are suffering?

5:23 PM  
Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Do your running buddies know they're not supposed to leave their wing man?
Hope the congestion gets better for you. Have a good weekend, and a good 10 miler! You and Garmina can spend some quality time together!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Garmina is your company, just enjoy and do the distance and for one day just forget about the pace, just as I made today.
We won't tell anybody.

6:18 PM  
Blogger D said...

My favorite blogger! I hope to post tonight...after working out.

Winter has been mild even here. Hopefully that decongestant helps you get over this illness. Your last post was hilarious. Someone found me by searching older women. That sucked! ;)

6:56 PM  
Blogger iliketoast said...

Life can be cruel .... I don't know why no one will dance with the Phlegm-ingo .... but Garmina is a true friend and will never leave you.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P said...


10:29 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

How does one run without breathing? Based on Bolder's information, I think you could get by with blaming the snot-oxygen factor on spam. He even thinks is might be at the root of the avian bird flu.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Rae said...

Hope the cold is better and you and Garmina can spend some quality time tearing up the pavement. Sometimes I love running alone and other I dread it. Usually it's linked to the weather - cold, dark = I need a friend to motivate me and warm, sunny = watch out world, I am burning rubber!!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I always run alone and really like it that way. I can do my own pace without worrying about adjusting for anyone else, and I like to get inside my head... it's meditative for me :)

And stop calling me a turtle! Didn't we go over this already?? Besides, you're building your aerobic base, so it's not wasted. :)

11:59 AM  
Blogger Richard Maas LMT, MTI said...

You are faster than both of us, just not when you have a cold.

9:58 PM  

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