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).