Song of the Post: “Run On” By Moby
I am happy to report that I did make my ten miles on Sunday. It went fairly well…actually better than I had expected. I did spend most of Saturday trying to pump myself up for the next day and tell myself how much I wanted to finish all ten miles so I would be mentally prepared. I think that did help quite a bit because by Sunday morning I had it in my mind that I was not going to run less than ten miles.
I believe (and I am sure most long distance runners will agree) that most of these longer runs are more of a mental game then a physical one. There were a few times on Sunday that my legs and body wanted to stop but I would just let my mind take over. Eventually I would hit a point that my body felt good again and I was back in my rhythm. There are times it is really hard to mentally keep pushing so I basically just try to argue with myself long enough hoping I will get over the hump and get back to feeling good again. It’s kind of surprising how far you can run while you are “arguing” if you keep running.
Probably right around 8 or 9 miles I started to get into the “groove” that you feel if you stop running you will be in more pain than if you keep going. I have discussed this with a few non-long distance runners and they just think I am crazy. How would you ever feel that way after running so far? It’s really a hard one to explain after that. I guess it’s like your body is finally all in sync and it feels more “natural” running. I feel this is a double edged sword, you are pumped because it feels like you were made to run however, at the same time you dread when you do have to stop because there will probably be a decent amount of pain that will follow. Oh, the joys of running…
Well, I officially signed up for the Capital City Half Marathon on May 7th. I really hope this new course is better than the course last year. The last few miles on last year’s course were just mean….smaller hills just going up and down, up and down, up and down. There were a lot of people I noticed having issues during that portion of the race. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be better this year.
Planning on trying to do some hill work tomorrow (just in case it isn’t a nicer course) and then probably will try to run about 11 miles on Sunday. Since I jumped from 7 miles to 10 (not what you are really supposed to do), I am going to try to take it a little easier now. I don’t think I will be doing Grandma’s Marathon this June as it is obvious my body hasn’t been that happy with me lately…or I guess my nerves haven’t been happy with me. The first part of today I was having some pain and burning in the left leg so I am still fighting those issues. It seems to be doing better now but never know. We will see what tomorrow brings.