Shannon & Pam, after months of training, officially became ultrarunners with finishing Way Too Cool 2010 (3/13/10). They continue to run the long distances as they continue to challenge themselves physically & mentally. This is where they post those triumphs and also their tribulations.

February 21, 2010

Crap happens! Shannon

You know how some days you have an absolutely phenomenal run? Some days, a great run? Other days, just an ok run? Then there are those days where you should've just stayed in bed runs! Today was one of those for me.

Today I was scheduled to run 10 miles with Jennifer. Last night I got a call from Jennifer telling me she hurt her Achilles during the Western States Training run (sign #1). Oh no! Jennifer can't get hurt! She's sweeping WTC. She'll be the one out there who picks me and Pam up off the trail! That's all I could think of when she called to tell me should wouldn't be able to run with me. That's ok, I said, you take care of that Achilles so that you can be out sweeping WTC!

So now I'm thinking to myself, where do I go run 10 miles by myself? Then I get a call from Kristen. I had run with her last weekend with Jennifer. Jennifer had given her my number and she said she still wanted to run with me. YEAH! She's faster than me, but she hadn't been feeling good all week, so she was gonna slow it down, I assumed.

So I get up this morning, get myself dressed, go through my normal morning pre-run routine and about 15 minutes before I need to leave to meet Kristen she calls to tell me she has to bail. She had been suffering all week with gall bladder issues and it wasn't letting up this morning (sign #2).

Ok, now what. Mark has just left to go fishing down at Salmon Falls, I can go with him. So I called him and asked him to come back for me. Well after picking me up, he decides he doesn't want to go to Salmon Falls (sign #3) now but wants to go out to Granite Bay. Cool, I know those trails, that'll be perfect.

We got into the Granite Beach Park area and he keeps on driving and driving and driving. He takes us all the way to almost the end of the road to Dotons Point (sign #4). Ok, I see trails. We're good.

I take off and within 1 mile Mother Nature was calling, no scratch that, she was screaming. So I found a place to take care of business. Ok, all is good, keep moving. Then not even 5 minutes later, she was a screaming again - WTF! Ok, ignore her, it'll go away. Well I could'nt take it and decided to head back, but I wouldn't make it. Pulled of the trail and took care of some more business and some more. You get the picture. This run wasn't going so great! I was not happy!

I got back to the car, and luckily, learning experiences from previous Mother Nature callings on other runs, I keep a change of clothes in my bag. Now to find a bathroom. Text the hubby, told him what I was doing and that I'd be back. First bathroom turned out to be not too far from where we were parked, yeah! Not! No running water bathroom. EEERRGGH.

Ok I'll go back down the road to the other bathroom we saw. Once again no running water! Ok, enough is enough. I have a hydration pak full of water since I only got in 3 miles. So with towel and bag in hand inside I went.

The signs were there. I was not meant to run today. I wish they weren't so subtle.

Note to self, no beans before a run. Or was it the Bailey's and coffee I drank most of the day on the golf course? Or was it the beer after the golf? Or all of the above or none of the above? Who knows, but all I do know is I've got to figure this out before WTC!

I got the Align that Trailmomma was giving away and I'm starting it today. Let's hope I work out my Mother Nature issues before March 13th.

This week I've got to get serious and get back on track! I'm already feeling good, I've asked Mark to go out with my on Tuesday night for hill repeats. No, he won't do the hill repeats, but he'll be fishing near by and that's good enough for both of us!

Now I'm going to spend the rest of my day doing more exciting things like taxes and laundry.

Here's to a more focused, less stressful, and successful training week.

Get muddy this week!


  1. Oh Shannon . . . I can totally relate to your experience today. Ugh. I hope things have settled down and I hope the Align helps. It seems to be helping me although I stopped for a few days when I was really sick. I would venture to guess, from my own experiences, that it was all of the above that did you in. LOL. Sorry. I've been there and done that myself!! Here is to a good week ahead for you!!!

  2. hey missy, i just noticed that you posted our training schedule for the week, how cool!! i was just thinking 'what AM i supposed to be running this week?' that was such a great idea, thanks!