Some days you don’t.
If you’d asked me at mile 4 today, I would have said I absolutely did not have it today. The plan was an easy 6 mile run. I’m still recovering from whatever I had last week, so I figured 6 miles was a good number to shoot for on my long run this week. Speedwise, I just wanted to finish in an hour.
I took my amphipod full of nuun (I am SO addicted to that stuff) and one Gu Vanilla (just in case I felt up for some extra miles BWAAAHAHAHA). Mile 1 was an utterly unimpressive downhill mile in 9:59. Mile 2 was an incredibly difficult uphill in 9:53. So difficult, in fact, that I walked and ate my Gu. I don’t think I’ve EVER needed a Gu before 5 miles before. I think the combination of this being the fourth day in a row of running and eating a very early, small breakfast caught up to me.
Mile 3 took 10:05 because of the Gu, but I managed to pick it up for mile 4 and hit 9:20. It was all downhill (and not in a good way) from there. 4 miles was my absolute minimum and once I hit it, it was all mind games. Run to the next car. Run to the next street. Run to the next driveway. 5 miles done, but oops, at least a half mile from home. Oh, heck, trudge another couple of blocks away from home.
I finally manage to finish a total of 7.2 miles in under 72 minutes.
So, did I have “it” today? Not in a physical sense as there was nothing easy about this “easy” run, but I figure if I could finish more than 7 miles when my body was done at 4, I definitely had it mentally!