|Sure was a stunning sunset run last night! |
Even if it was later than I would have liked, the views made up for it!
Although I am not currently on any sort of training schedule (yes, I have Dumbo Double Dare at the end of the month, but know I am in half marathon shape, so am not too worried about it), I still wanted to get in a longer long run today. Last week my calves were acting up (probably due to a strenuous stair workout I did) so I listened to my body and opted out of my long run. I decided today I would shoot to get in 16 miles.
I did a couple of two-a-day workouts this week (mostly because I am starting to try out PiYo and am doing it in addition to my normal routine), so I figured my body would be pretty tired (especially since I had just done a run with the hubby less than 12 hours before). My legs felt pretty good (which I will attribute to my Pro Compression socks), but was just feeling sluggish overall.
I believe the humidity has a lot to do with the difficulty of my runs lately. I know, I know, you are probably as sick of me whining about the humidity as I am living in it, but it's true... The humidity has just been zapping my energy and taking a lot out of me, especially because humidity is strange for us... We just don't have it... This morning when I started my run it was 69* and 79% humidity and it didn't get much better.
Around mile 4 I was spent! I was covered in sweat, I felt like I wasn't going anywhere, it was fairly difficult to keep 10 minute mile pace, and I was pretty over the run. Thankfully for my run, I follow more of an out and back path, so I knew even if I wanted to go home at that point it would still be 8 miles and if I can do 8, I might as well do 16 (the mind tricks I play with myself... I am not sure it makes logical sense, but it worked).
I started to feel hungry around mile 5, which would make sense since I didn't eat anything before I left for my run. Please don't scold me :) First off, I am still trying to figure out what fueling works best for me. Secondly, my tummy didn't feel great and knew it wasn't really going to be ingesting anything for a while. That is when I remembered thinking I felt something in my hydration pack while I was filling it before heading out the door. Just in case it was only a wrapper I decided to try and hold out as long as I could before digging into my bag to look for something to devour. I held out until mile 6 when I found my RUN SAVER - some Pro Bar Bolt Chews!
I took a quick break to have a few of the chews around mile 6 and then again at mile 11.5, but other than that I was chugging along (only stopping at the traffic lights along my route).
At one point I thought my hydration pack might have sprung a leak because my back was so drippy, but nope... it was just my sweat :) [Yum, huh?! T.M.I. but I sweat... a lot...] I think if I was completely honest I would say I felt like walking at least once a mile, but realized the longer it took me to get done, the longer I would be out in the grossness, so tried to keep a steady pace to get me home to our shower as soon as possible.
Although it was slower than I would have hoped, I know I am stronger (even if it is just mentally) because I stuck with it. I kept putting one foot in front of the other and continued to move forward!
And shoot, I think I have earned a lazy afternoon of catching up on some of my shows, what do you think?
What do you do to keep moving forward during a bad run (or a bad day)?