Last weekend, I was excited to blow through 13.1 miles in training for Chicago. That Saturday I didn’t carry water which was a bad idea, but I made it through and then found myself unexpectedly free on Sunday….yes a good long run makes a for a happy attitude!
LONG RUN 2
Then we have this weekend where I was fully prepared with hydration, gels and a go get em attitude. At mile 10 I threw in the towel because it was clear my legs had nothing left to give. My goal was 15, so this left me frustrated and even more confused the remainder of the day about why my legs were so sore considering I’d even been wearing my secret weapon…2XU compression pants!
Sunday morning I woke up determined to put in a few fast miles on tired legs to make myself mentally feel better about Saturday’s not so stellar long run.
It went…OK, not great. I am two weeks out from 13.1 Chicago so this is exactly the moment in training where the brain is ready to challenge your goals. After a lot of dedicated training it seems like a lot of us find in the weeks prior to the marathon a few bad runs or new aches…it’s why I always say running is a mental sport!
After 10 years of running, I know that sometimes runs are simply tough..sometimes you are at peak training..sometimes it’s 94% humidity…sometimes these tough runs are great for building the mental stamina or to deepen the desire to hit a goal. Instead of being down or frustrated about this weekend, I’m going to take it as a sign that I’ve been pushing hard and with some taper I will be ready to give it my best in two weeks.