The best thing about Friday’s 10 mile run? Snowdrops!! and not the ones that fall from the sky but the kind that poke up out of the ground- I first spied a few at about mile 5 and I tell ya it was what I needed to keep me going to be sure. Spring is in the air- and I found a wee spring in my step!
I have been thinking about how much running long distances is like natural childbirth- it can be mighty painful and tedious while you’re in the middle of it, but (for me anyways) the memory of the pain fades quickly afterwards and there’s such a feeling of accomplishment. I am having foot pain that I will need to have looked at (but I don’t want to deal with it until after the race next week) it doesn’t seem to kick in until mile 6 or so (because I did 5 miles yesterday and it wasn’t too much of an issue)- but it can be fairly intense- I’m not exactly limping but I am “pushing through the pain” which I’m sure is not recommended while training. But after it was all done I had a serious runners high happening for the rest of the day not unlike the total rush of adrenaline and excitement I feel in the hours after giving birth… Is it safe to say I do not have to have any more babies to get buzzed? I can simply just run for hours at a time for the same effect?!
The 10 miles took me 1:53:24- which I am cool with- if I can maintain that slow pace I should be able to finish the 1/2 on Sunday in 2:30 or so- and avoid the embarrassment of not finishing before the course closes at 3 hours.
I have noticed a definite shift in my “feelings” towards the long runs- at the beginning of my training I used to actually feel nervous before them but that has changed to excitement- I am actually looking forward to them- which is not to say I skip merrily along with a huge grin on my face the whole way- there is still the little voice telling me to “forget it- give up already!” but I think the difference is that I know I have it in me to ignore that voice- as well, the distances just seem so much less daunting- when I was out there on Friday getting to 5 miles truly felt like no big deal. And on Sunday, it will be 6.5 that will be the magic number for me.
This week’s schedule is as follows; Today I swam- I met up with a friend who is an experienced swimmer- which was fun because it pushed me to keep going instead of hanging on to the ropes between laps! Tuesday, a 4 mile on the treadmill (longest run of the week) Wednesday, another swim, Thursday,Rest (I’m thinking that’s going to be hard to do as I will be feeling antsy for the race) Friday 2 miles outside. Saturday rest and Sunday Race day!
I will try to find some blogging time before then to discuss race day strategies as I’m looking for ideas!