I have an embarrassing story to tell. At first, I wanted to keep it a secret, but I figured maybe someone else can relate or learn from it like I did. I mean who really wants to spend $189 for a selfie!?
So, I’m currently in training for a trail half marathon in December but without a formal plan. I have a progression of mileage drafted on a calendar with the goal of running on trails one to two times a week and a bit of speed work. Since I don’t have a time-goal, I aim to just have my body trail-ready.
This past Tuesday, I ran 4x800s on a gravel trail by a park about a mile from my house. On a run, I always bring my Nathan water bottle that has a zippered pocket to hold my phone and house key. I also had my headphones so I can listen to a podcast during my run.
After a mile warm-up, I picked up my pace for the first 800 averaging a 7:40/mi pace. The second 800 I decided to run in the opposite direction, counterclockwise and noticed my pace was 30secs slower. I wondered if I just went too fast on the first interval. But when I ran in the clockwise direction for the third 800, I was clocking the same 7:40/mi pace and again in the other direction, 30secs slower. This is an interesting observation to me since running on a track, we always run counterclockwise. Does my body’s rotational tendency favor the right instead of left? I believe my left leg is the stronger leg which could be why I was faster running clockwise. By the way, this is the first time I’ve done this ‘experiment’. May have to try it on a real track and see if I get the same results.
After I finished my final 800, I wanted to take a celebratory selfie to share on social media. It’s what we do as runners right!?
I slowly ran a mile home to cool down and when I took my phone out of the water bottle pocket, my heart started pounding as I realized my key was gone! Immediately, I checked my surroundings to see if I dropped it right when I took my phone out. No luck! Then I figured, it probably fell out when I grabbed my phone to take the selfies. A little frustrated, I ran back to the park while scanning the area just in case it somehow fell out during my run back. I knew exactly where I took my phone out and even looked at the photo I took just to make sure I was at the right spot.
Unfortunately after several minutes of searching, the key was nowhere to be seen. At this point, I started thinking of alternatives, wondering if I left any windows unlocked or if I can crawl through the doggie door with the hopes that I left the garage door unlocked. Well none of those alternatives worked. My house was completely secured. The only option I had was call a locksmith. I looked up locksmiths on yelp and settled for one nearby so I didn’t have to wait too long. It was close to noon, I was starting to get ‘hangry’ and I only had a couple hours left before the kids were out of school.
Ten minutes later after the locksmith arrived, I was inside my house relieved but dismayed I had 189 less dollars in my pocket. The locksmith must have sensed my desperation and knew I wouldn’t argue the cost. I thought it was overpriced but I didn’t want to waste any time calling other companies. Although I was a bit upset about the entire situation, I also felt grateful it was resolved rather quickly.
Lesson 1: Keep an extra key hidden. Would you believe that in the last nine years, this was my first time ever losing a key? I never thought of hiding a key just in case because I never experienced being locked out! A friend also suggested one of those realtor’s lock box where you can leave a key and just punch in a code to retrieve it.
Lesson 2: Key in my shorts/pants pocket instead of the water bottle holder especially when my phone is in it. I went for a run the following day and was so paranoid, I checked to make sure my key was in my pocket every mile.
Lesson 3: No more selfies on the run!.?.! May have to reconsider this one. I like taking photos of what I see during my run especially if it’s a beautiful scenery. Lessons 1 and 2 may be enough to prevent me from this mishap!
Ever lost your keys while on a run? Where do you place yours when you’re running? Have you noticed the difference in time when running clockwise vs counterclockwise?
I am linking with Ilka and Angela for the Sunday Fitness and Food link-up. Also with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap (sorry I’ve been MIA – haven’t written much about my training!)