My goal for Seattle is 4 hours. I haven’t done anything at the moment that proves to me I can run 4 hours, but that is my goal and as I talked about in Mental Marathon Training I won’t short change myself by creating secondary goals.
However, during my 21.1 solo run (minus 3 miles with Tom!) I realized something very important… that is my PRIDE goal. The reality of the matter is all that I want from every run is to love it.
I love running, I love my feet hitting the pavement, I love the wind on my face, I love the sweat, I love the accomplishment and at the end of the day I really don’t get two hoots about how fast I run…except that my pride cares. My PRIDE wants to say I ran a 4 hour, which will lead me to want to BQ…but I don’t really care about those things at all because I have often found they start to strip away at my joy.
It’s the same pride that won’t let me count my walk breaks, which would actually have made this weekend a 23.2 mile day…but those miles don’t count for my pride. I don’t know what will happen in Seattle, but I hope to spend many miles enjoying Mel and Marlene’s company (and all the other ladies who might hang with us!!), the scenery, the atmosphere and the blessedly cooler weather!
Post run, I had an appointment to help try and reduce the skin discoloration on my face from ALL the wonderful years where I didn’t know any better than to wear sunscreen. Now first was the issue of putting something on my muscles to keep me from getting stiff and to reduce the current soreness I was already feeling…I tested out a new all-natural product from Peaceful Mountain, ok fine I used like 3 products because every inch of me was tired. So far, I’m a fan, but I’ll need a few more trials to give you any long term thoughts.
Next was getting dressed….and even in the heat I had to go with jeans so I could wear some compression sleeves! I love you McDavid, but these puppies are NOT TIGHT ENOUGH.
How do you get out on the town after a long, exhausting run??
I am grateful for shiny rings
I am grateful for silly self pictures
I am grateful for frozen bananas
I am grateful for clear skin
I am grateful for hopeful anticipation