Tuesday 7.0 miles/1:02:31/8:56 average pace
I wasn't feeling too hot on Tuesday.. in fact I was literally feeling cold, as in the chills. I was tired too. I thought I was coming down with something and I really, really did not want to run. My legs felt good but I felt exhausted from the first step and had to take a few breaks to rest. I considered turning around early the entire way out but made it to 3.5 miles and headed home. I stood in the warm shower for a long time and still felt chilly. I made soup and grilled cheese for dinner and couldn't even finish mine. Went to bed early and didn't sleep very well. Also, my lower back on the left side has been bothering me since last Friday- I think I kind of strained it doing a stupid core workout from the On Demand tv channel. Obvious lesson here: if it feels awkward and uncomfortable, stop doing it. Don't do 2 more sets.
Wednesday 11.0 miles/1:40:30/9:08 average pace
I felt a lot better yesterday, pretty sure I'm not getting sick. Also, Zach is much better already. So I got off work a few minutes early and started my run at 10 till 5:00. I ran a mile to the trail where I faced the strongest freaking headwind of my life for 4 miles. I'm not exaggerating, it was incredible.
I took note of the following things so that I could convey how windy it was: I had my head tucked down and my body leaning forward the entire time. A couple times when the wind shifted direction I was blown sideways off the trail. The dirt from the trail was stinging my legs as it blew by me. When I spit it traveled a good 20 feet before landing. Cyclist were flying by me the opposite direction at like 50 MPH. My eyes were tearing up and the tears were streaming off my face, along with some snot since my nose had started running. Finally, my pace improved 30 seconds per mile when I finally turned around, even though I "slowed down" to recover from that intense 4 mile stretch. I have no idea what the wind speed was but on the news this morning they said we had gusts of 60 mph. I'm guessing it was at least 20 or 30 mph sustained winds.
Whew. So I finally turned around and enjoyed the tail wind for a couple miles. But then my route takes me off the trail over a giant hill before heading home. I was so tired. I was so over it. I had to really talk to myself and encourage myself. I was so desperate that I was using my "nice" self-talk (i.e., "come on babe, you can do this!") instead of my usual "drill sergeant" self-talk ("suck it up princess!"). Ugh. I wanted to cry.
But I did it. :) Both runs were very mentally tough. But of course being able to push your body for miles and miles when all you want to do is sit down and cry is as important as any other part of the training. I did it. I'm tough.
Ok I don't know how to put a YouTube video right on my blog but check out this link for a little reminder that you, also, need to HTFU. Shamelessly stolen from 21st Century Mom's blog. Contains bad language.. but if you have a problem with that perhaps you should HTFU.
Also, my back is feeling a lot better today. :)
Happy Valentine's Day my loves!