To say that my long run mojo has been lacking would be to put it mildly. I know why it’s missing: cold weather, pain in my toes, and number of hours it takes. I’ve crossed over the 1.5 hour time frame (and really with getting ready, etc, it’s taking two hours) and that’s the point where I start feeling like I’m “losing” a big part of my day.
Yesterday morning, I didn’t want to run at all, much less a long run. I was just in a mood. A crappy one.
Step 1: Tweet – I whined about not wanting to run and got lots of “you can do it”. I publicly reminded myself that I could go slow and even accepted that I wasn’t going to go far. The support I got, pushed me out the door.
Step 2: Grab a handheld and a Honey Stinger. Just because…
Step 3: Run easy. Take Garmin only to track mileage. Do not look at pace. Instead, look at the sunny day around you. Ignore the fact that you are running so slowly you aren’t even warming up.
Step 4: Hit your “short run” distance and realize that you only need 1.5 more miles to hit your minimum mid-length run.
Step 5: Break it up. In my case, I changed shoes from my Saucony Triumphs to my Vibrams because SURPISE! My toes hurt. (If you don’t need to change shoes, walk for few minutes, stop for a drink, change the music on your ipod, whatever – if you are seriously considering being done, shake things up!)
Step 6: Tell yourself you only have to run your x mile loop that puts you at the minimum distance you’d call a long run.
Step 7: Trip and fall. (OK, I wouldn’t recommend this one as I have a wicked bruise and scrape on my knee and bruises on my hip bones from hitting the ground so hard.) But I was so embarrassed and mad that I ran an extra mile.
Step 8: Realize you are only 1 mile from your goal for the day and that you can always do that last mile.
Step 9: Trip again, but don’t fall. Realize it’s time to head in.
Step 10: Realize that in .7 miles you will hit your goal. Get on treadmill. Be unwilling to do less than a mile on the ‘mill…
And that is how you go from not wanting to run to finishing 9.5 miles. It involved two shoe changes (Triumphs > Vibrams > barefoot) and a venue change (outside > treadmill), but I got it done.
And at the end, running was no longer the enemy. It was the solution.