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Tough Stuff

Posted Feb 06 2010 6:42pm

Today’s run was a doozy! I am just glad I made it through in one piece…

Time: 2:29:04

Distance: 18.18 miles (cool distance huh?)

Average Pace: 8:12 per mile

I decided last night before bed that I was going to go ahead and do my long run this morning to get it over with so I can relax the rest of the weekend. UnfortunatelyI woke up to the howling wind this morning. For the first few minutesI thought it was my neighbor banging aroundbut it turned out to be my chairs outside being blown against my wall. Once I figured out that the conditions were less than idealI knew I was in for a long morning. I spent the morning stalling by eating breakfastcleaningand reading blogs. At about 10ishI decided to get my butt moving or I knew the run would never get done. I just didn’t really want to go out there…

When I set outit was about 35 degreescloudyand there was about 20 mph winds. I felt like I was being blown over just walking down the stairs! I almost talked myself out of doing my long runbut I told myself to just suck it up. The weather is what it is. After allI’m not going to be able to choose the weather on race day. It’s better to train in less than ideal conditions so you are ready to race in less than ideal conditions. At least that is just the way I look at.

I’m not going to liethis was one of the hardest training runs I have ever been throughmore so mentally than physically. Physicallymy body was fine. Mentallymy mind just wasn’t there today. I really didn’t want to be out there in the cold wind doing my long run. I wanted to be laying on my couch watching a movie and drinking hot chocolate. Wellmaybe not hot chocolatebut something warm. I actually don’t really like chocolate all that much. I knowI know… I just don’t really care for it. I meanif someone offers me chocolate cakeI will eat itbut there are other things I would rather have. I just don’t really have that much of a sweet tooth; I am more of a salty/savory person. I would much rather eat a burger than a piece of cake. Why the hell are we talking about chocolate? Moving on…

YeahI just wasn’t really into it. I think just knowing that my run was going to be tough because of the weathermade it a lot tougher than it should have been. Yeahit should have been hardbut I made it HARDER just by having negative thoughts. I could have made it EASIER by having positive thoughts. Do you know what I mean?

The first few miles were really hard and the last few miles were really really hard. The middle miles were just hard. Not really hardbut hard. I think I sort of zoned out for awhile and I knew I still had a long time to goso I just stopped thinking about it. You don’t even want to know how many times I looked at that Garmin screen; I had my eyes on that thing like a hawk.

I will stop complaining now ;) I’m actually really glad I have this run under my belt though. It was a great learning experience for future runs/races. Anything that it tough is going to make me stronger in the long run.

18 miles in the bag. Time to enjoy my Saturday night. Adios!

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