I’m tired this week. Not super tired, but I can feel this marathon training starting to take a bit of a toll. It’s challenging. I woke up with every intention of running the long run on Saturday like I always do, but I was just too tired and sore from cross training on Thursday. I was up all night Friday. I just couldn’t seem to get to sleep. I will admit, I was worried about the long run. How will my body react? Am I eating the best I can (uh, no)? What if I pass out on the side of the road? Hey, some other runner can write about stuff they see on the side of the road and include me~ lol. By the way I did see Marlboro Silver Pack, nail clippers and road kill.
It’s challenging and I’m scared. Admitting you’re scared to do something you’ve never done isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s an affirmation of treading into the unknown, trying something new, or stepping outside your comfort zone. The results will be good or bad. So, I got myself together and moved my long run to Sunday. I was supposed to run the 5K Graffiti Run today, but I sacrificed that for marathon training. Yes I know, why did I sign up for that race ~ eh, don’t ask that question, poor planning.
I started out around 7:30 a.m. this morning. The funny thing about the long runs is you want to get started early as possible, because you don’t want to waste the whole day! I felt really good until I got about 7 miles down the road and I had to…go to the bathroom. Sigh. When I run to Mascoutah there is a little man-made lake to the right. People go there and fish or feed the ducks. There is also a Porta-Potty in the parking lot. It’s been there for ever ~ not the same one mind you.
It is also very clean. Ok, as clean as a porta can be. I shuffled right on over and took care of business ~ then back on the road.
It was a beautiful morning to run. Clear, about 55 degrees and only a little windy, perfect running weather. Pace was respectable and breathing wasn’t a problem. Plenty of water, had a pit stop for a banana, some gels, and part of a Cliff Bar along the way. I’ve noticed on these longer runs I need a little something extra besides water. I get hungry. So, a little bit of energy is good for me.
My feet started hurting around mile 10. I made a concerted effort to mentally move that pain. Focused on my hips a bit more and was able to get past the discomfort. Around mile 15 the foot pain was back and I really felt I was shuffling. The rest of the body felt great but the legs were heavy.
The will to train must be greater than the will to win. It was a challenge. Instead of focusing on the pain I took in the scene around me. The wind is rustling through the trees and golden leaves are slowly floating down in front of me. There are bursts of cool air mixed with warm letting me know Fall is here. The soy beans in the field to the left are slowly transitioning from green to dried brown and soon will be harvested. Then I start to think about my Aunt who passed away last Saturday. She was in pain but the drugs made her “comfortable”. I felt a little guilty about my foot pain.
Challenge accepted ~ 16 miles completed for the long run and 10,485.29 remaining. Happy miles to you.
Workout recap starting Oct 1
Tues ~ rest
Wed ~ 8 miles
Thur ~ 4.67 miles and cross training (kettle bells, pull-ups, weighted wall ball, and burpees
Fri and Sat ~ rest
Sun ~ 16 mile long run