For about 2 years, I lusted after a necklace I saw on Running Skirts. It was a very simple charm & I wanted it. Bad. But I never bought it because I needed to feel like I earned it. No real reason for that, by the way. It was just an idea that got stuck in my head.
When I weighed in under 140 lbs., I ordered my necklace.
|So tiny & delicate. I got the 16" version.|
|Going to work!|
|With RP after 5k PR.|
Which brings me to Saturday's LSDR.
I got up & knew instantly my body didn't feel right. I couldn't explain it, but something was out of sync. I got dressed, grabbed my bag, walked/fed the dogs, & headed out the door.
I forgot to put on my necklace.
At 6.5 miles into our run, almost at the turn around point, we hit a banked road. My IT band does not like banked roads. I felt the spiking pain right down the side/back of my leg & tried to keep going. I didn't make it that far. Combined with my running partner's blisters, we decided to call it at 7.5 miles. I could barely bend my knee right afterwards, but I didn't freak out because I understood exactly what happened. But it happened 7.5 miles away from our cars & I was incapable of making decisions, so my RP took over & phoned a friend. She came to rescue us & we treated her to brioche & cappuccino before heading home.
I felt like crap for the rest of the day. I hadn't earned my previous night's meal; no carb loading for runs under 10 miles. So I didn't hit that target. Then I had a massage & felt even worse. I actually cramped during the massage! And I didn't have anything with me to eat, so when I felt like I was going to pass out afterwards, I ate a 6 pack of Oreos to get my blood sugar back up. And naturally, I didn't consume enough water that day, so I woke up on Sunday with a massage hangover.
Where does this all end up? Focused on that damned necklace. I wasn't wearing it. Am I superstitious enough to believe if I'd been wearing it, that run would've rocked? I don't know. But on the off chance there's actually magic coming from it, I can promise this:
I will NOT forget that necklace this weekend.