I’ll tell you for sure that my 12 mile training run yesterday was “Mind Over Matter”.
It was a “step down week”. Last week was my longest run ever at 16 miles and next weekend we will go even farther… 18 miles! But during this training plan you have some step down weeks that back off on the long mileage and allow you to “recover” a little. I don’t think it could have come at a better time.
I set off yesterday (in the beautiful sunshine!) for my run. Just as I was parking my car on the running trail, I heard the huffing and puffing of someone really kicking it. Then, a guy dressed identically to me (Fuel Belt, headphones, etc. – you know, long run stuff) soaked with sweat ran around the corner to the car parked next to me. I knew he had just finished his run. I was just starting mine. I told him, “congrats — you’re done!” He said, “thanks… have a good run.” And I was off.
It took me awhile to get into the groove of the run. The first 6 miles were not so bad. I seemed to be zoned out most of the time on my music. The second half, however, I felt like I was running in molasses. Yep, the feet were moving, but I didn’t feel as though I was really going anywhere! The feeling I was having with my body and my mind was kind of unwarranted. My pace was a 12:30 min/mile. For me, that’s good!
I finished. Poured myself into the car and drove home. For the next 24 hours I’ve felt really achy. I’m trying to determine why. There are a whole bunch of things it could be… hormones? (yes — look away boys, but I have my period and that can definitely sap some energy) … was it the fact that I ate gluten the day before and I’ve been nearly gluten-free for weeks? Was it just one of those days?
I just wanted to express to those who are reading about my training that every single run is not perfect. Sometimes, you just push through and put it behind you.