This morning I ran a tough 7 1/2 miles at an 11.3 (minute per mile) pace. It was too fast for me and I knew it. I had been running 25-27 miles per week before life got in the way of the plan (funny how life does that with most plans), and I haven’t been able to get the mileage higher than that. Today I got worried. 26.2 is over three times farther than I went today. It spoke to my biggest fears about the race, “What if I don’t make it all the way and have to quit?” I don’t like to go there.
I do like to write after a run, but today I had to back away and figure some stuff out.
I picked the girls up from school, went to Target (oh, the monotony of Mommyland), and came home with still unanswered questions. Here they are:
- Since today felt long and hard, should Sunday be an easy run? Is that a cop out? Am I being a wuss?
- Should I stick with my plan to run long on Sunday, maybe 10-11 miles, and try to go more slowly?
- Do I need to go and get a Garmin? Would it make life easier or give me more to worry about?
- Am I sore today because I didn’t take a rest day after yesterday’s rain run, and before that it had been a week?
- Do I need to add ice baths to the routine? I’m such a baby and have avoided them for years.
- Yes, it’s a cop out. Some days are harder than others. Yes, I am being a wuss. Buck up, butterup!
- Yes, I will run long on Sunday, and I will most definitely slow down.
- Yes, I’m getting a Garmin. Even if it doesn’t make life easier, at least I’ll know that I tried it.
- Yes, I am sore because I ran a lot in two days after a week off. Again, Buck up, sister! Rest tomorrow!
- The dreaded ice bath, probably a good idea, but I still don’t like it.
Amazing how that worked out.