Saturday, June 7, 2014

Not-So-Deep Thoughts From My Long Run

Hey! How's your Saturday going? I'm pretty bummed - I was supposed to be at the Zac Brown Band concert tonight with the hubby, but I ended up staying home due to lack of babysitter. (I'm not exactly sure who we thought was going to watch them when we bought the tickets...) But I am glad that Daddy is out having fun with friends. And the littlest munchkin is sick and needs her mommy anyway. Speaking of which, gotta make this quick...

Here's a peek inside what was going through my head during today's 8-mile run in near 90-degree weather:

  • "I totally don't have it today. This is gonna be brutal." Legs definitely didn't feel fresh when I headed out and I could tell right away this wasn't going to be my best run.

  • "Oh sh*t - this half marathon is only 11 weeks away." Sounds like a long time, but it's not. I've been loosely following a training plan for the last few weeks, but time to buckle down and get serious!

  • "My pace is nowhere near my last half marathon pace. I have a lot of work to do!" I ran my last half at an 8:54/mile pace. Today's pace was 9:26. Not awful, but not close to 8:54. To be fair though, I was thinking the same exact thing 11 weeks out from my last half, so it's definitely doable.

  • "I'm sooo thirsty!" I've been drinking a lot of water these days. but it still wasn't enough for the heat today. Maybe it's time to buy a CamelBak? I'm not sure I'd really want to run with something on my back though...

  • "My shins are sore and my legs are tired. I don't think I'm going to to make it the full 8." I considered stopping at least 5 times. I kept thinking, "Once I get to the top of this hill, I'll stop for a few minutes." And then I'd get to the top and think, "Well, I'll run 5 more minutes and then stop." I never did stop. And this was proof that running is just as much, if not more so, a mental exercise as a physical one.

  • "I could really go for a beer right now." Whenever I run on a hot, sunny day, beer sounds so refreshing. Ha.

  • "Almost there. Almost there." I kept telling myself that over and over again for the last 3 miles.

  • "BOOM - done!" There's that sense of accomplishment that I love so much! It's worth noting that this was my longest run since January, right around the time I hurt my back. It's good to be (almost) back to my usual running self.

Re-hydrating post-run
It really is still amazing to me that running is such a big part of my life now. I never would have imagined when I graduated from college at 20+ lbs overweight that I would be able to run a half marathon one day - let alone 4, going on 5! When I decided to run my first half marathon, I went from running a 12-minute mile to finishing my first half at a 9:32 mile in less than six months. And 3 years later, I ran my fourth half at an 8:54. I'd like to think I'm living proof that you can do anything if you're determined.

Have you ever done something that you once thought you couldn't do?

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