Distance: 7.5 mi
If somebody were to describe what it feels like to be dragged behind a horse, I’m pretty sure this would be it. These back to back workouts (less than 12 hours apart) are rough! I REEEALLY wanted to walk… or just quit… go have a donut… something… anything but finish my run.
The way I felt was really odd, though. I had severe muscle pain in my hammies, butt and calves. But my turnover was good and my lungs were fine. So even as I was debating the goodness and comfort of aborting the run at the closest Starbucks, I felt like I was still moving OK.
I was definitely (and, I suppose, understandably) slower today, but I think this was definitely one of those “mental” runs. You know, where the hardest part of the run is just keeping yourself convinced you need to keep running? I have said before that your brain isn’t a muscle so it is harder to “train”, but these kinds of runs help. Even though your brain is screaming “stop”, you keep going. And when you are finished, your brain says “oh… we did it? …kewl!” Now, while you KNEW you could do it, sometimes you have to prove it to your brain anyway. And this also gives you a nugget to use the next time you have a tough run. I always use these runs to remind my tiny little brain that, hey, this is nothing. I’ve done it before (or worse) so it’s no big deal. This game always works with me. I think this is why I felt the need to run the full 26 miles in training before I ran the marathon. Now I know that, since I have already bagged the distance, I have that nugget to use as a motivator when my brain says “quit”.