Running stories are like best friends and peanut M'nM's: I never get sick of them.
The Zooma 10k, half-marathon and half-marathon relay in Colorado Springs on Saturday was tough, no matter how you looked at it. Temperature: hot enough that the race organizers moved the start time up an hour. Hilly: the 10k and first part of the half-marathon course was two loops, which had a killer hill you had to conquer twice in it. And that incline was cake compared to the second 6.9 miles of the longer race. Energy: the fact that there were mobs of girlfriends there--who were clearly making a (much needed) weekend out of it--meant that maybe Friday night was a little later and probably a little more wine-heavy than one would want, pre-race.
I gotta admit, I was happy to have a few legit reasons (injury, new form, not trained enough) to fall back on to explain why I wasn't out there.
But then I saw the smiles and stories and satisfaction after the race, and I wished I could've taken on the 10k and hightailed it back to the RLAM table. That feeling of busting through a challenge, of having your spirit soar after it's been dragging is so fulfilling, the rush carries you through at least the day--if not a couple of 'em.
For today's giveaway, we want to know: what was a recent tough running moment? And how did you conquer it? Any challenge is game, from motivation to leg cramps to a dead iPod battery. Be sure to tell us how you got through it: toughed it out, smiled through it, walked, skipped the run, whatever. We've had a bunch of inquiries from beginning runners on how to get through the rough patches, so any insight into how you get to that place where you're looking behind at--not staring directly into--a hill or a tough workout would be helpful.
For your honesty and advice, a random winner will take home a pair of cushy, supportive Spenco Sandals, a pair of flips made by the insole maker, so you know they're square on arch support and comfort. (Note: the link only goes to the black men's ones, but they also have a pink model for women.) They're the kind of shoes you want to slip on after a challenging run to thank your feet for getting it done. (And to match the pink, we'll throw in a cute, pink, technical Zooma tee.)
We're all ears: give us a tough time you've had running recently--and let us know how you came out on the other side.