....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.