I never know until I run, so… I’ll just run.

Distance: 10mi

Miles to go: 1553

I had ABSOLUTELY NO intention of running 10 miles today.  I had pretty much convinced myself that I was only going to run 6 or so.  After feeling so bad Thursday after running 7 miles, I thought for sure that I would feel rotten today.  But, as always, that’s why we run.

Two weeks ago I watched two of the ladies that I run with take off into the distance as I labored along and struggled to maintain a 9:30 pace.  Today, I ran with one of them for the entire distance and finished (albeit very tired) at an 8:33 pace.  I felt fantastic up until about mile nine when I started to cramp up a bit.  But I was able to struggle my way in anyway.  I think I just ran out of water.  We went over to a local coffee shop after we finished and I promptly drained the water supply in Columbia by about half before I got my first cup of coffee and, wouldn’t you know, I felt better.

I think this reinforces for me the fact that no matter how I “think” I feel, I just need to go run.  I think I’ve been pre-judging my runs a lot lately based on how I feel when I’m heading to the trailhead.  I just need to relax and run.  I seem to have lost my ability to guage my body so I’m just not going to pay attention to it (within reason, of course).

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One Response to I never know until I run, so… I’ll just run.

  1. Sheila says:

    I “accidentally” ran six miles Saturday. It was a new trail, not marked really well and I had gone three miles before I saw a sign. Had to come back. It was a miracle I think.

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