had decided to do my long run Monday (instead of Tuesday) as the weather people were predicting a snow storm....... I am sick and tired of snow runs:)
I started off my run with a positive attitude.... the temp was -3 degrees Celsius (-8 with the windchill)..... so much warmer than the last few weeks:)
Side note: (I had a chat with Andrew the night before and he felt that my inability to run last week was more mental than physical (excluding the "bent over cramping" incident). I decided to consider his thoughts and focus on being positive.)
My goal was to keep positive and push through any discomfort. I was able to do just that...... I decided to think through some issues that I have been having at work. I focus on the ground (about 5 feet in front of my toes) and run and think. I am able to shut off the rest of the world..... my running becomes automatic. I think and evaluate my actions (and how those actions effect others) and decide that I really needed to voice my concerns.... that it is not wrong to "stick up" for myself. My "sticking up" caused pain for someone else and I forgive myself for that. I hope that person has had a chance to reflect also..... maybe learn that thinking things through before reacting, is usually a good idea:)
By the time I work though my stuff...... it's almost half way!!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!! My nutrition is spot on and I am feeling pretty good. I realize that my shoe lace is untied.... wonder how long ago that happened?........... when I am in the zone I only focus on my thoughts. I really should pay some attention as I am running on a highway and the cars are going pretty fast!!!
I reach my turn around point and head home:) The wind is cold and strong...... I find it harder to keep mentally focused.... I must keep shifting my attention so as not to start to cramp or shuffle..... at one point I realize that I am running bent over..... I fix my posture and press on. With 4 miles to go I get pretty excited..... I haven't been shuffling that much and I feel pretty good. I finish my run in 4 hours 40 minutes..... no records broken here:) I am just thrilled to have had a great run!
I guess it's more exciting to hear of frozen fingers, snotty faces and poop pains but, I was really due for a nice boring, therapeutic run!
Today was the 3rd time that I have ever run 26.2 miles! No medal to show for it though:(
There..... now I am happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!