From time to time I get asked “How do you run so far?”
It is generally non-runners who pose this question, because most real runners would tell me that I’m a pathetic excuse for a runner. Instead they would ask “How do you run so slowly?” or something of that nature.
I obviously haven’t been running far enough lately to get very many comments, but I have been thinking a lot about that question. In a literal sense, I just keep going, that’s how, but it is not always that simple when you are struggling with actually doing it. On long runs, tempo runs, or any run that pushes my mental or physical limits I often have some type of internal dialogue to keep myself going.
You’re thinking “Ok, crazy lady here…“
Before you write me off, hear me out. I have heard of many runners repeating inspirational or motivational phrases in their heads to get them through a particularly tough run, so I don’t think this internal dialogue concept is too wacky.
It works out something like this.
“I can’t run any farther. My legs simply won’t carry me.”
“Sure you can, you’re legs are still moving, aren’t they?”
“I guess, but just barely. They could stop at any minute.”
“If you couldn’t run any farther you wouldn’t still be doing it. Running is fun. Wheeee!”
“Ugh. How about cutting this one short? Maybe slowing the pace a bit?”
“Just keep running, you will totally regret not finishing your run if you stop.”
Which brings me to Sunday’s run. No internal dialogue there. Chris accompanied me on this run so I had someone to whine out loud too. If he hadn’t known better, he probably would have thought that it was my first run ever. You know those days when you look down at Garmin thinking that you must not have heard the first few miles click by and it reads 0.27 miles. Yeah, it was one of those days.
- Sunday: 4.33 miles @ 9:51 – I really struggled with this run. The conditions were great in terms of weather, I think the culprit was poor fueling, but who knows? Moving on…
- Monday: 4 miles (9:10, 8:54, 8:38, 8:16) – Thankful for a decent run to regain confidence after Sunday’s disaster of a run.
- Tuesday: 40 minute trainer ride
- Wednesday: 4 miles (8:42, 8:28, 8:14, 8:01)
- Thursday: 40 minute trainer ride
- Friday: rest
- Saturday: rest
Total Weekly Miles: 12.33
Total October Miles: 33.03 <– Really wracking the miles up this month, eh? I hit 123 in July. I’m a far cry from there still!
Total Yearly Miles: 935.31
Miles on Current Shoes: 130.17