Wednesday, August 12, 2009

One of those runs

....that you just know isn't going to be good.

10 miles, 8:24 pace

Last night I had my first midweek 10 mile run of this training cycle. I didn't think too much about it during the day as I was busier than a dog with two peckers. (I love that saying. Note to self, start to use two pecker dog saying more in casual conversation.) However, when I left work and went to the sporting goods store for more body glide the stiffness in my legs told me that the first miles were going to be a struggle.

I'm sure that most of my issues were in my noggin. I've been told that men think about sex every 8 seconds. Surely during the first three miles of this run that was the least thing from my mind. Mostly I was thinking how my legs were stiff and how I had a full hour left to run. Not good. Over the course of my run, I go by a number of banks with the time / temp displayed. 86 degrees and near 100% humidity because of rain were constantly displayed each mile, taunting me.

However, around mile 3.3 (1/3 of the way done) I took a far too long walk break of 90 seconds or so and ate some energy chews I had bought at Target. They actually hit the spot and I was off and running. I had streaks of greatness, but overall I plodded along at a mediocre pace. I continued to eat the chews every 3 miles or so and each time I had to remind myself to keep going - there was a storm approaching. Ultimately, the first three miles averaged about 8:45 minute pace, the next two were around 8:30, and the last 5 were somewhere near 8:00.

Lightning and the threat of very heavy rain is a pretty good motivator. It got so bad and so close that at one time I could hear the thunder over my iPod. However, it never did rain. It only got about 10 degrees cooler and got a bit windy.


I've always been a believer of "you have to struggle through the tough times to remind you of how good the best times actually were". This is one of those times to remind me what great running I am actually capable of. Hopefully over these 57-58 miles this week I'll actually execute to my full potential. Yesterday, I did not.

8 comments:

X-Country2 said...

I agree that the occasional crappy run makes you appreciate the great ones that much more. Go get 'em next time!

The Sean said...

I would contend that each time we overcome self doubt we are doing nothing less than displaying our greatness.

Nitmos said...

Damn, that is a lot of miles. You weren't thinking about sex but you were thinking about your legs being stiff? Sure about that?

Ulyana said...

Dude, despite a crappy run, that's a great pace you did it at. Make sure to get proper recovery after these high mileage weeks, and this hard work will pay off for sure.

Pat said...

I did 5 miles last night and at a lot slower pace. But, I could feel the cooler temps. Hopefully, the temps will drop steadily from now until the marathon.

Ted said...

86 degrees with 100% humidity. That explains ! To me, I would just plop right on the sidewalk melting like a butter. That can really suck you right out. Now, how many more days till Fall?

Michelle said...

Nice 10 miler and you got to eat candy too!!!

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