As of Tuesday morning, I had 21 miles to finish this month if I wanted to continue my 2010 100 miles per month streak. I knew that Wednesday would only allow for about 4 miles, so that left me two days and 17 miles. I.did.not.want.to.run. I’m not sure why, but my mind was absolutely not in the game. Sure, my legs were still a little sore from Saturday (what is up with that?), but really I was fine. I just didn’t want to. I made a bargain. I’d run 4 miles and push off the rest until Thursday or *gasp* accept that I wasn’t going to hit 100 miles.
I headed out and knew it was going to be a hard run when I was already counting at .10. Yes, at a tenth of a mile I was already saying “yay, one tenth down, only 39 more to go”. (I’d already used my “suck it up, buttercup” mantra to just get out the door LOL). At mile 2, I convinced myself to turn away from home, knowing that would mean at least a five mile run. At mile 5, I convinced myself that I could hit 7 and be a third of the way done with my remaining mileage. At mile 7, I was still two miles from home. Every time I finished a .10 of a mile, I convinced myself I could do one more. At mile 9, I was in my neighborhood and decided to keep going. Finally, at 10.6 miles, I was out of water and starving, so I called it a day. Wednesday, I managed 4.3 miles, so all I have left today is about a 10K!
And about those 4.3 miles…
I’m fairly active on twitter with my Metro DC Mom “handle”. I tweet mostly about my other blog and random life as a mom stuff, but occasionally I mention running and this blog. Well, one of the people I follow over there, direct messaged me after my race and said “are you so and so?” After my heart started beating again, I realized that he lives down the block from me and while we’d never met, our lives overlap in a lot of ways, so it was no surprise he could figure out who I was. Anyways, he offered to join me for a run this morning. Long story short, we ran the 4 miles together on Wednesday at a speed approaching tempo for me. I think I may have talked his ear off. ;o) Score another one for the small world that is the internet!
Oh and James at Runners Bug is hosting a virtual non-race. He’s extended the entry period until October 8, so go over and join in on the fun.