I came back from my 20 miler run this morning and my husband asked me how it went. I said “it was hard.” And he responded, “isn’t it supposed to be?”
Well, yes, I guess so.
At mile 10, I paused to get some water and felt lightheaded… I decided not to stop running since I felt fine if I ran (not sure that’s the best logic).
At mile 15, I wanted to quit.
At mile 16, I looked at my watch and swore like a sailor knowing I still had four miles to go.
At mile 17, I wanted to start crying because I was SO over it.
At mile 19, I nearly cheered outloud because the cloud went behind a sun.
My 20 miler time for this morning was my goal time for NYC Marathon.
Let’s just take that in for a moment.
I ran 20 miles in the same amount of time I want to run 26.2 miles.
This is what almost got me crying at mile 17.
When I came inside, I immediately looked at the weather: feels like 82* with 82% humidity. OK, so I likely won’t be running 26.2 miles in these conditions, and maybe I need to chalk this up as a way to build mental toughness. I got the miles in, it didn’t look like I wanted, but in some way, it has made me stronger and a better runner.
There will be a few more 20 milers before NYC marathon, and hopefully in better weather with better results. In some ways, it’s the terrible runs that are the best for training because they teach us the most and help us grow into who we need to be to conquer our goals come marathon day.
So, with that perspective, I feel a little better about the run this morning. It goes back to not being so hard on ourselves. There is always some good, no matter how bad.
In this run, my favorite thing was my Skirt Sports skirt and hot pink Brooks Glycerin running shoes.
The thing I love about this skirt is that it doesn’t ride up —> awesome. It is super comfy and I love how girly it looks.
And again, I am reminded of this:
How do you deal with terrible no-good runs? Who’s racing this weekend?
What are you looking forward to this weekend? We are about to head to Dallas for the FSU game! Excited!
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