Low and slow

Distance: 8 miles

Time: 1:17:00

As I took off this morning to head out for my LSD (long, slow distance) day, a couple of thoughts popped into my head. I drove past a couple of trails I usually run and for the first time thought… “ya know… these trails just aren’t long enough any more…” Now, considering that 6 months ago I was certain I would never be able to go end to end on any of them… that’s quite a change in thinking. Then I started thinking about that lying, evil, sadistic, rat bastard scale of mine. I think it’s time to just kick it back under the sink and forget about it for a while. I need to enjoy running and the fact that my pants don’t fit anymore because they are too loose. Just revel in the success for a bit. I’ll go back to obsessing about it later.

I took a fanny pack with water and a gel pack this time and what a huge difference. I forced myself to drink (it’ll take practice but I think I can make it work) every mile and I took half the gel pack at 2 miles and the other half at 6 miles. I could FEEL it working on my legs. It was a Hammer Gel pack. I will be using them on any run over 6 miles from now on. To finish my longest run in 11 years (you are going to be hearing that a lot…) with a little gas left in the tank was a new experience for me and one I would like to experience more of!

I felt so good, in fact, that I REALLY had to fight the urge to add more miles. I think I could have easily gone 10 miles today and I really had to resist my desire to push. I felt kinda wimpy for not pushing but I have a program, durn it, and I need to stick to it. I’ve been reading a lot about how overtraining early on can lead to injury later and I’m trying to avoid that… but I really wanna…!

This week will be a bit lighter on the mileage and I will have to cram my runs in around a conference I am presenting at, so it should be fun to try and squeeze it all in… I think… or at least that’s what I’ll tell myself anyway…

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