All I wanted to do was get my long run done outside today. All I wanted to do was run and feel my feet hitting the pavement and enjoy the sunshine. All I wanted to do was not go to the gym to run 20 miles.
Well guess what, what I wanted and what I did were not in alignment!
I spent the late morning and early afternoon with friends I had not seen in a while and had planned to get my run in around 2. I was kind of on track but did have to start around 2:30. The wind was crazy windy and they talked about the temps plunging this afternoon setting us up for a blizzard on Tuesday (that’s right about 2 feet of snow is what they are predicting for my area). I drove through the area I wanted to run and they had not plowed the sidewalks like they usually do so I knew right away that this was gonna have to be inside. 😦
I did however make the best of it. I actually used headphones and watched a college basketball game which was great. I got to see a legendary coach win his 1000 game in a very close game, it was a great distraction to what I was doing.
Because treadmills at the gym only let you go 10 miles before they shut off I had to break my run up, which would make it easy to quit or for me made it easier to make it through. I did 8 miles, then took a quick trip to the bathroom, then 8 more and got some more water, and then finally the last 4, each time resetting the machine and stretching just enough to get it started again. I also added some hills in every once in a while, nothing real long but maybe a mile here and there just to spice things up a little and actually give the legs a break.
I was glad to get the run done but this one took all the motivation I could muster to make it through. When I restarted the treadmill for the last 4 miles I had some energy and was telling myself, “you can do this”. But by the time I got 1.5 miles in to the last 4 I was hurtin’. I went back to my mantra from 5 days ago during my sprints:“you will not meet your goals with easy!” It would be easy to quit and say, “Hey at least I’ve done 17.5 miles that counts right!” It would have been easy to at any time in the next 2.5 miles to stop because believe me, my legs began to scream and I began to have a few cramps in my legs. But I kept hydrating, kept pushing and saying to myself “you will not meet your goals with easy!” So glad to finish and so glad to stretch out, roll my legs, soak in a tub, and put on warm clothes and call it done!
On another note, I guess winter has finally made it to my area so I might be resigned to the treadmill for these long runs for a while. If it truly snows as much as they are predicting, it will be a little while til the streets are clear enough to run on them again. Don’t get me wrong, we won’t be trapped because we have lots of snowplows and they clear the roads well but being on the roads with huge mounds of snow is not safe because drivers can’t see you very well. So I’ll take my chances inside.
I would say my training is going well, 4 full weeks completed, only 17 more weeks until the marathon! It will be here before I know it.
How is your Janathon going? Last full week! Did you set in goals during this long first month of the year? Did you hit them or are you close? Mine was to stay fulling engaged in my plan. I have exercised on each day I have planned and really working on my core. Thanks for a great first month Janathon!