Doing a 20 miler, give
Have a solo 4 hour run for no real reason? Yeah, why not!
But during the holidays when family is in town? My butt is glued to the couch with a warm cup of coffee.
With my first 50k trail race coming up 18 days, I know I need to get in another 20+ mile run (and then maybe a 6-8 miler the next day). I was going to do that on Tuesday, except it was cold and rainy all day. Now... I run in the cold, and I run in the rain, but combine the two and I run to the treadmill!
I grabbed a treadmill right in front of the window (so I could watch the pouring rain) and got to business. Since the treadmills are programmed to reset after 30 minutes, I broke my run into three 30 minute segmants: the warm up, the middle ground, and the run-until-you-puke session.
I listened to the Marathon Training Academy podcasts and had mini 'walk breaks' while I reset the machine every 30 minutes. Surprisingly, the run was over before I wanted to blow my brains out. I still prefer the great outdoors, but I'll consider this a success.
So yesterday morning I was suppose to get another long run in. Since I knew I wouldn't have time for the 20 miles I planned, I settled on 'only' 15 miles. There's something about 15 miles that seems much less daunting than 20 miles.
Well, one cup of coffee later, 7:00AM turned into 8:00AM which turned into a 9:15AM start. Whoops.
When I finally got going, I decided to run at my own pace, so I turned my Garmin to a screen that only showed my time. No pace, no distance. I ran solely based on feel, walking when I needed a break and pushing it when I felt stronger. Amazingly, I kept a very steady 10 minute pace for 10 wonderful miles.
Today I'm hoping to get another 8-10 miles in. Doing 25-30 miles over three days is almost as good as doing it over 2, right?
Well that's what I got.
How are you doing on motivation? If you have extra, please send me some!