Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Long Run

I finally got my long run in, it's no secret that I haven't been training quite as diligently as I should have been.  I could go over my long litany of excuses, but I won't .  I have been getting my short treadmill runch, interval work in, but long runs.  Not so frequently.

With Wine & Dine Half looming in front of me it was time to get serious.  I did bring my shoes with me on our trip, but I copped out a bit but justifying that we were walking a bunch and that would compensate.  While I will admit that according to my fitbit I was averaging 8 to 10 miles a day, it's just not the same.

I finally made it my goal to get at least ten miles in, and for once I finally buckled down and did it.  It wasn't the best, it wasn't the worst, but it was amazing to get out after so long and just run. I know I say this every time that I go for awhile with out running, but I so wish on the days that I put off my run that I would remember how great I feel, when I get my long run in.  Endorphins are no joke, they are my friend and I love them.  I just forget how incredible they are from time to time.  Nothing beats the runner high.

 The path was beautiful, just the beginning hint of fall.

  The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold.  Bright sun, no clouds and not a whole lot of traffic.

Lots of time to think, and not to think.  Trust me, I can do plenty of both.

If you have known me for any length of time you know, I am never happy with my pace.  Which is why I found this bitstrips particularly funny. I saw it right before I went out.

But that being said, I am learning to just be happy with what I've done, because I could just as easily not do it.  I'm also learning that what I'm unhappy with, someone else might be very happy with.  I'm really my own worst enemy and I need to roll with it a little bit more.  If I PR, or if I don't PR, it's all good because I ran.  Improvement is always good, but I need to stop beating myself up over my pace.

So now that I've gotten my ten miles in, I feel a little bit more prepared for Wine and Dine Half.  We leave in 8 more days.

Who else is going to be at Wine & Dine?  Are you ready?