I did not want to run today. I specifically did not want to run the 12 miles that I had on the calendar. I wasn’t feeling 100% mentally and I was having some minor GI issues and it’s super windy today. I nearly talked myself out of running, but when I looked at the weather, it looked like Sunday (my next opportunity to run that long) was going to be really warm with a possibility of thunderstorms. So, I grabbed my ipod and headed out.
That’s right. I decided that the only way I was going to make it through the run was to run slow and to listen to music. I decided I could only look at my garmin when a song ended or it beeped the end of a mile. I knew I wouldn’t make it to twelve miles and figured I’d finish up on the treadmill. I was afraid to go to far from the house, so I ran up and down all the streets in my neighborhood, which meant basically rolling hills.
Mile 1: 10:08 (mostly downhill)
Mile 2: 10:34 (long light)
Mile 3: 9:57 (oops, too fast)
Mile 4: 9:53 (gonna regret that)
Mile 5: 10:02 (a little better)
Mile 6: 9:54 (gotta thank Chumbawumba for a sub 10 mile)
Mile 7: 10:10 (ate a honey stinger gel – therefore must run at least 3 more miles to “justify it”)
Mile 8: 9:52 (really?)
Mile 9: 10:06 (running out of energy, thinking about stopping, head towards home)
Mile 10: 9:47 (huh? uphill into the wind and I pull that out? I bet the next mile is much slower)
Mile 11: 9:39 (Ok, that hurt)
Mile 12: 9:13 (Hmm, so that’s what you get when you do a flat out sprint for the last 1/3 mile of a 12 mile run)
I’m in a much better mood than before I ran. I was beginning to question if I could do a marathon (yeah, I got the “taper crazies”), but this run felt good. Even though my mind wasn’t in the game, my body apparently was ready to play. Now if I can just get my mind and body to both be ready on marathon day.
When I got home, I’d received an email from Jen at Setting You Free. I won her giveaway of a Kalyx bra! Woot! I’m totally excited because all my running bras are cheapies from Old Navy, Target, and Shopko. Can’t wait to try it!
And for your viewing pleasure… Remember how I mentioned getting to hold the banner at the end of a recent 5K? A friend got a small movie of us “practicing” beforehand. I’m technologically challenged and unable to pull out just a frame, so you get to see the clip.